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North Decatur tops South in rivalry

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GREENSBURG — The weather was perfect for North Decatur running back Jason Kirchhoff, who came up big Friday night in the “Battle of the Bucket” rivalry game.

Kirchhoff carried the ball 40 times for 220 yards in leading the Chargers to a 13-0 victory against host South Decatur.

The record-breaking senior set his team’s all-time record for career rushing yardage in the opening quarter, and he kept hammering away on a night where neither quarterback could connect with receivers due to a blinding rain.

So the Chargers relied on their running game from start to finish with Kirchhoff handling most of the work and with quarterback Brock Ricke added 86 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 11 carries.

The Cougars attempted to utilize the running game, as well, but they never had much success. Tailback Chris Meadows finished as the team’s top runner with 30 yards on four carries.

South Decatur’s top offensive weapon, quarterback Chris Johannigman, just didn’t have an opportunity to get his passing game rolling. He finished with just two completions in eight attempts for 11 yards and one interception.

The Chargers raised their record to 6-2 overall and 3-1 in the Mid-Indiana Football Conference. The Cougars dropped to 3-5 and fell to 0-3 in conference play.

North Decatur scored at the 10:29 mark of the first quarter when Ricke sneaked over from the 1-yard line. Kirchhoff set up the touchdown carrying on eight plays of the 12-play drive. The Chargers led, 7-0.

The two teams battled into the fourth quarter with the Chargers finally putting the game away at the 10:23 mark when Ricke broke away for a 51-yard touchdown run.

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