Friday night’s festivities were cut short at Hinshaw Field due to evening storms causing a power outage, so the game was delayed 24 hours.
The New Castle Trojans came back to Rushville on Saturday evening with the intent of getting back to .500 in the win-loss column after a week one loss to Franklin County. The Lions had hoped to do the same after their week one loss at Milan, but RCHS was at an early disadvantage, playing without starting quarterback Austin Vance (shoulder injury) and starting center John Alexander (knee). The Trojan offense scored early and often in the matchup, putting up 14 points in the first quarter and adding 20 more in the second for a 34-0 halftime lead. The Lions’ secondary had no answer for the Trojan passing game, allowing 242 yards through the air in a 48-7 loss. 
Senior Adam Sizemore, the Lions’ leading rusher in week 1, was shuffled over to the QB spot to replace the injured Vance. The change under center was felt as Rushville was unable to get anything going in the passing game; Sizemore went 1-of-7, completing his only pass to Dylan Thompson for a 1-yard gain, while also tossing two interceptions. The running game for Rushville fared a little better at moving the ball. Sizemore was able to find some yards on the ground, gaining 80 yards on 20 carries and scoring Rushville's only touchdown. The score came late in the fourth quarter, in which Sizemore carried 10 times for 68 yards on the drive and capped off the late surge with a one-yard dive into the end zone. Rushville sophomore Harper Miller got his first varsity start at running back. Taking advantage of the playing time, he rushed for 76 yards on 19 attempts.
The New Castle passing game was led by senior quarterback Eli Cooper (225 yards, 5 TD). Cooper was able to find open men all night, completing 11 of his 17 pass attempts to five different receivers. On New Castle’s first play from scrimmage in the second half, wideout Kyle Gabbard hauled in a Cooper pass and rumbled for a 70-yard score. The Trojans scored again in the fourth quarter before Rushville was able to get on the board.
Positives from the loss
1. The touchdown run by Sizemore ended the Lions’ scoreless streak at nine quarters. The Lions last scored in 2020, during the second quarter of the week 9 matchup against Greensburg.
2. Rushville didn’t shoot themselves in the foot with penalties this game – committing just 2. Against Milan, the Lions were whistled for 15 penalties for 140 yards.
3. The offensive line did not allow a single sack and Sizemore was only pressured three times.
The Lions travel to Franklin County (2-0), who have outscored their opponents 118-41 this year. The Wildcats have already rushed for 13 TDs and have two players averaging over 100 yards per contest. Lions’ head coach Isaac Sliger stated, “They are gonna’ be physical, so we need to be physical and start fast.” He added, “This is a short week for us, everyone just needs to come out and do their job.” Franklin County beat New Castle 44-34 in week one and demolished Connersville 74-7 last week.

Trojans 48, Lions 7
New Castle- 14   20   7   7
Rushville- 0   0   0   7
First Quarter
NC- Brevan Thrine 17-yard run 10:06, kick good
NC-  Quintin Boatright 10-yard pass from Cooper 3:53, kick good
Second Quarter
NC- Gabbard 16-yard pass from Cooper 7:33, kick failed 
NC- Gabbard 13-yard pass from Cooper 5:37, kick good
NC- Boatright 8-yard pass from Cooper 2:48, kick good
Third Quarter
NC- Gabbard 70-yard pass from Cooper 11:39, kick good
Fourth Quarter
NC- Tyson Lewis 3-yard run 6:24, kick good
R - Sizemore 1-yard run 0:19, kick good
Total Yards NC-351, R-155
(unofficial stats)
Rushville- Rushing: Sizemore 20-80, Miller 19-76, Thompson 1-0, Harvey Fuller 3-(-1) Passing: Sizemore 1-7-1 (2 int), Receiving: Thompson 1-1. Defense: Int: Pacey Dye 1 
New Castle- Rushing: Cooper 4-47, Thrine 3-33, Lewis 3-16, Joe Hannon 3-11, Aidan Bradley 2-4 Passing: Cooper 11-17-225 (1 int) Lewis 3-4-14 Receiving: Gabbard 3-98, Boatright 4-67, Gavin Anderson 4-59, Bradley 1-6, Gannon Harris 1-6, Gavin Frazier 1-4 Defense: Interceptions: Thrine 1, Bradley 1. Penalties: 4-45