In a game to decide a conference champion, it was a no doubter. The East Central Trojans used their size and strength to down visiting Greensburg, 44-7.

Greensburg, 5-3 (2-3 in EIAC) had come into the game looking to grab a share the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference title, only to see East Central, 7-1 (4-1 in EIAC) clinch it.

Pirate junior quarterback Derrick Karazsia ran 23 times for 85 yards, and was 7-of-16 passing for 101 yards and two interceptions, to lead Greensburg.

But the offense could never get untracked against the bigger East Central team.

“We did some thing right, but we stunk up the place,” said Greensburg coach Eric Schreiber. “That’s the biggest frustration.”

East Central scored on all four possession of the first half. The Trojans took the opening kick and drove to the Pirate 9 with Alex Wilhelm kicking a 27-yard field goal.

After a Greensburg punt, East Central used eight plays to drive 60 yards, the last 11 coming on senior running back Lance Mullins' touchdown run.

Greensburg put together an offensive drive of 12 plays, driving to the Trojan 15. But a pitch to sophomore Mitch Adams lost three on fourth-and-12 and the Pirates turned it over.

The Trojans answered with a 10-play, 80-yard drive, with senior quarterback Matt Hamon scrambling, eluding a tackler and throwing the ball toward the end zone. Senior wide receiver Kirt Gaynor leaped, caught the ball and fell into the end zone with EC’s second touchdown to go up 17-0.

Greensburg went three plays and out, and East Central scored on a 15-yard pass from Hamon to senior wide receiver Byron Hartman, who was all alone in the left side of the end zone to put the Trojans up 23-0 at half.

Karazsia fumbled on the first snap of the second half and the Trojans wasted no time to score. Senior running back Joe Bonomini ran three yards into the end zone to make it 30-0 with 9:14 left in the third quarter.

Greensburg got its lone score at the end of a 13-play, 65-yard drive. Senior James Ogle took a 35-yard screen pass for a touchdown. The play was set up beautifully when, after penetration by the Trojans defense, Karazsia lofted the ball to Ogle who ran untouched into the end zone.

The Pirates were later in a position to score agian, but Hartman intercepted in the end zone for East Central.

Junior Eddie Graf ran three yards for one touchdown and senior Paul Christman ran 45 yards for another to finish the scoring.

Schreiber, who talked a long time to this team after the game, said the game had a “championship atmosphere.”

“It was new to our kids and they showed it tonight,” he said. “We’ve got to use it as a learning experience otherwise it is going to happen again when we play Batesville (in the first round of the sectional tournament Oct. 21).”

East Central coach Don Stonefield said his team came out and followed his game plan.

“Our game plan was to come out and be physical, be ourselves, be basic, make sure of our execution,” Stonefield said. “We felt man for man, pound for pound up front, we were a little bit better. We didn’t want to put ourselves in a bad situation. Once we got ahead, we felt like basically it was our tempo, our game.”

Schreiber said his Pirates played well defensively, but made mistakes.

“We were stopping them on third and 10, but we let them get the first down,” he said. “We did some stupid things that killed us in the first half. This is a good team — so make a mistake, they are going to put points on the board.

Greensburg had 238 total yards — 101 in passing and 137 rushing – but East Central had 404 total offense — rushing 37 times for 293 yards.

Ogle ran 11 times for 37 yards for the Pirates, while Christman ran just five times for 131 yards. Joe Bonomini had eight rushes for 52 yards and Mullins ran 46 yards on nine carries.

Greensburg ends its regular season against North Decatur next week, and then hosts Batesville in Sectional 23 on Oct. 21.

East Central plays one of the top teams in Cincinnati next week at La Salle and then travels to Franklin County to open sectional play.

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