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September 17, 2013

GRIDIRON AFTERMATH: Highlanders have record-breaking game versus Owls

Floyd runs wild in 84-43 win over Seymour

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FLOYDS KNOBS — PIRATE DEFENSE COMES UP BIG

Early in Charlestown’s 28-14 win over North Harrison, a turnover in Pirate territory allowed the Cougars to take a 7-0 lead. It was a lead they had the rest of the first half.

In the second half, however, Charlestown’s vaunted defense played lights out, allowing the Pirates to score 28 straight points en route to the Mid-Southern Conference victory.

In all, C’town surrendered just 131 total yards in the win.

“We’ve been putting our defense in some bad situations. We put [North Harrison] inside the 30-yard line three more times,” Charlestown coach Jason Hawkins said. “[The defense] played well in the second half. They played really well. I think they’ll play even better when they’re not put [in those situations].”

Hawkins’ new offensive philosophy of pounding the football continued to pay off with the Pirates rushing for 245 yards.

“I think the power running game looks good,” Hawkins said, “but I think we need to add something to what we’re doing. I don’t know what that is yet. Right now, teams are going to come out with nine or 10 in the box. We’re either going to have to be able to run against that or figure out something else to do.”

— G.M.

CLARKSVILLE HANGS WITH PANTHERS FOR A HALF

Sometimes things aren’t as bad as they appear.

In six quarters against Eastern and Charlestown, Clarksville was outscored 128-0. After getting four players back from injury and suspension, the Generals turned in an impressive performance — at least for the first half — against unbeaten and ranked Corydon Central.

The Generals led 6-5 after one quarter and trailed just 13-6 at the half before the Panthers were able to eventually score 29 straight points to improve to 4-0.

Much of the improvement came from four returning players, all four of which played both sides of the football.

“It’s a big difference when you have a 225-pound middle linebacker and a 145-pound young kid,” Clarksville coach Steve Cooley said. “We’re still not healthy. We’re a week or two from being 100 percent. That’s football.

“We’re so limited on numbers that we have had a hard time overcoming [the injuries]. But the kids have persevered. I think they’re growing up and it’s just a matter of time.”

— G.M.

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