The biggest news before the game was the traffic.

How to get people around and through the Fishers High School area was a paramount concern for officials before the Tigers' much anticipated showdown with county rival Hamilton Southeastern.

In the end, however, it was the Royals that proved to be the biggest pain for the hosts-and they found a number of different ways to do it.

Sparked by a turnover-happy defense and the solid rushing Jametreus Crockham, Hamilton Southeastern made its biggest statement as a Class 5A title contender by upending the defending champions 28-7 on Friday night.

Scott May's Royals now are 2-0 on the season and figure to strengthen their hold on the Class 5A number three ranking.

They can thank their defense for a lot of that in the first 24 minutes, when the unit intercepted three Fishers passes. David Calhoun returned one 92-yards for a touchdown to highlight a strong first half in which the Royals led 14-0.

Crockham then did his damage in the third, scoring a six-yard touchdown on a run in the third quarter to give Hamilton Southeastern a 21-0 lead.

Finally the Tigers found their offensive rhythm after that, but saw another drive end deep in Royals territory when Ben Pritchett's pass was intercepted in his end zone. Eric Davis finally got the Tigers on the board with a three yard score that cut the deficit to 14.

But Crockham helped to end that threat in the fourth when he broke a 60-yard run to set up another Royals touchdown that proved to be the backbreaker for the Tigers.

With the win the Royals now are in a three-way tie atop the Hoosier Crossroads conference with Zionsville and Brownsburg and will face the Bulldogs next week at home. Meanwhile Fishers heads to Westfield next Friday night to get back on track.