A win Friday over Milan would give the Eastern Hancock football program a commanding 3-0 conference record, including wins over the Mid-Indiana Football Conference’s normally dominant squads — Milan and Indian Creek, who have won the last four league titles.
The challenge for the Class A No. 8-ranked Royals (3-0 overall) will be to duplicate its effort from last week, when they beat 3A Indian Creek 33-25. It was the Royals’ biggest regular season win in decades. The Braves were 10-1 over EH the last 15 years heading into the matchup, with the Royals’ lone win in 2005 when Indian Creek was a 2A squad. The Royals hadn’t defeated a 3A squad since at least 1994, the last year game-by-game records are available via the IHSAA.
EH coach Pat Echeverria’s remarks Friday night reflected the importance of the moment:
“I’m going to tell you right now, we’re going to celebrate this win against Indian Creek. It doesn’t happen very often.”
On Tuesday, with Milan in mind, Echeverria said the celebration was short-lived.
“I moved on Saturday morning,” Echeverria said with a laugh. “Celebrating for a high school football coach is one night. That next day, it’s on to the next challenge.”