The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Sports

December 15, 2013

Halftime lead long time coming

INDIANAPOLIS — It's been a long time in coming, a game in which the Indianapolis Colts had a comfortable lead well into the second half.

In fact, up until Sunday's 25-3 win over the visiting Houston Texans, the Colts hadn't had a double-digit lead in the third and fourth quarters since a 37-3 road win over Jacksonville way back on Sept. 29.

This one, though, was pretty much a no-doubter as Indianapolis rolled to a 20-3 halftime lead en route to its ninth win of the season. The Colts (9-5) also improved to 5-0 in the AFC South heading into their final two games of the regular season.

How good was Indianapolis in its win over the Texans? The Colts scored on their first offensive possession of the game, driving 80 yards in 11 plays, as second-year wide receiver Griff Whalen hauled in 14-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Andrew Luck with 9:31 remaining in he first quarter.

It was Whalen's first National Football League touchdown of his career and the first scored by Indianapolis in the first half of a game this season since the team's Oct. 20 home game with Denver.

Ironically, it was Luck connecting with one of his former Stanford teammates each time — tight end Coby Fleener against the Broncos and Whalen in the win over Houston.

A fast offensive start was exactly what the Colts needed. Indianapolis began the game with a quicker pace and was spreading the Houston defense out with multiple receivers.

"Better than the starts we've been having," Luck admitted afterwards. "I thought we did a good job of it as an offensive unit (early in the game). I thought the most stress it puts on (anybody) is probably the (offensive) line. They handled it very, very well.

"What a great job they did in protection all day. We know if its no huddle, or not, or three people or four (lined up outside), it's all about execution. When we can execute and not shoot ourselves in the foot, we give ourselves a pretty good chance of winning games."

Text Only
Sports
  • PH pushes across only run in 7th

    After Frankton's Kyleigh Garner and Pendleton Heights' Bailey Benefiel battled one another to a standstill from the pitcher's circle for six innings, it took one mistake in the seventh to decide the outcome.

    April 19, 2014

  • SPT - HB0419 - County track - 116 Arabians sweep track titles again Beautiful sunshine and warm temperatures greeted the competitors at the Madison County track meet Friday at Madison-Grant. The Pendleton Heights boys and girls teams were looking to take the county for the third year in a row, but Anderson and Lapel had other ideas. It started off as a record-setting meet and finished with a bang as Pendleton was able to wrap up both titles. The girls held off a stiff challenge from Lapel to win 167.5-147, and the boys took the final event of the night to squeak out a 156.5-148.5 win over Lapel.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Arabians clip Eagles, go for Muller repeat The competitive feeling at Pendleton Height’s Bill Stoudt Field quickly faded Friday during the semifinals of the Nick Muller Memorial Baseball Tournament. The Arabians once again took advantage of the opposing team’s generosity as Frankton pitchers gave up six walks and hit five batters, and Pendleton Heights took the 14-3 victory.

    April 18, 2014

  • Arabians win County net title with 5-0 shutout

    An intriguing battle awaited and there was no indication what the team scores would be. Considering the Frankton Eagles had home court advantage, the Pendleton Heights Lady Arabians came hungry for the Madison County tennis title. Pendleton aced a 5-0 win and came away with the crown.

    April 18, 2014

  • Indians scratch back into Muller final A young and inexperienced Anderson team again proved its mettle Friday in the semifinals of the Nick Muller Memorial Baseball Tournament. The Indians (2-3), playing without several expected starters to open the season, clawed out a 10-6 victory against Lapel (2-2) at Memorial Field to advance to the championship game for the 10th time.

    April 18, 2014

  • Elwood rolls past Liberty Christian While most people were aware that Elwood had 22 hits, 19 runs, 11 extra base hits and four home runs, most failed to notice that pitcher Tenasha Stephens tossed a no-hitter in the process.

    April 18, 2014

  • Pendleton Heights, Frankton to meet for net title

    Pendleton Heights and Frankton advanced to today's Madison County Championship title match after posting very different victories. The Lady Arabian tennis team advanced after defeating the Alexandria Tigers 4-1. For Frankton, it came down to a No. 1 singles tie-breaker to put away Lapel.

    April 18, 2014

  • SPT - HB0418 - PHHS vs Alex - 017 Arabians hold off Alex to reach semifinals Good teams don't need much help. That didn't stop Pendleton Heights from accepting a little aid from Alexandria in the second round of the Nick Muller Memorial Baseball Tournament on Thursday.

    April 17, 2014 3 Photos

  • Panthers claw way into softball semis If only Elwood's Jessie Noone had missed the team bus, Thursday's game in the Madison County Softball Tournament would have been more competitive.

    April 17, 2014

  • Ravens drove Manchester to avoid sweep NORTH MANCHESTER — The Anderson University baseball team defeated Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference leader Manchester University 9-5 on Wednesday at Gratz Field. Andrew Eiler led the Raven offense with three hits, three runs and an RBI, including one of four home runs the visitors hit.

    April 17, 2014