WEST LEBANON - Despite a lopsided loss to Seeger Friday night, the Sheridan Blackhawks get a chance to play for the Hoosier Heartland Conference's top spot Friday in a showdown game against Eastern.
SHS and Eastern are both 5-0 in the HHC. The Blackhawks are 5-2 overall while Eastern is 7-0. The winner plays the next week for the conference title. If it's Sheridan, 5-2 Carroll is waiting in the wings. Eastern faces 4-3 Clinton Prairie.
Things didn't go well for Sheridan against Seeger (5-2) Friday night. The Blackhawks entered the non-conference contest without their workhorse, running back Cameron Hovey. A collarbone injury will likely force him to miss the remainder of the season.
Both Sheridan and Seeger have shown an affinity for running the football, and that was certainly on display Friday. But on this evening in western Indiana, the Blackhawks were outmatched and fell by a final score of 49-7. The home Patriots rushed the ball 41 times for 412 yards on the Blackhawk defense.
The lone touchdown for Coach Bud Wright's crew came with 9:34 remaining in the first quarter as Hovey’s backup Evan Bourdon tied the game at seven. After that, it was all Patriots. seeger finished the first quarter with 28 points and added 14 more in the second to go up 42-7 at the break.
Seeger running back Tristan Bahrns carried the majority of the load for the Patriots. The senior carried the ball 19 times for 240 yards and three touchdowns in the blowout win.
The Blackhawk offense was held to 103 total yards in the loss.
The loss snaps a five game win streak for Sheridan.
So it's all eyes on Friday's conference tilt against Eastern. Sheridan beat Eastern last year 16-7.