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PIRATES D COMES THROUGH AGAIN DESPITE INJURIES
Charlestown (6-3) ended its regular season on Friday pretty much the same way it finished last season — with a blowout win over Eastern. The 64-0 victory was the fifth shutout for the Pirate defense this season — two more than the sectional championship team of last season.
If the sectional scenarios play out, the Pirates should meet Brownstown Central for the championship. The Braves defeated the Pirates 40-26 in Week 2, but the Pirates seemed to find themselves in the second half of that game. The Pirates then rolled off five consecutive wins before a loss at Providence in Week 8.
But for the Braves and Pirates to meet again in three weeks, Charlestown must overcome some injuries. Tristan Chester, Darren Taylor and Jake Harper were among the starters that didn’t see action against Eastern due to injury.
“Right now, I’m not sure of their status,” said Charlestown coach Jason Hawkins. “We’ll have to go with what we have.”
— Mike Riley
HIGHLANDERS HOPE TO GET HEALTHY DURING BYE WEEK
Floyd Central is the only team in the area that will have to wait a week to play its first sectional game. The Highlanders (7-2) will host Jennings County (3-6) in the Class 5A Sectional 14 semifinals on Friday, Nov. 1.
A bye week after Floyd Central’s dramatic 35-34 win at New Albany last Friday will give the Highlanders some time to get healthy. Floyd Central was missing two starters in senior running back cornerback Gabriel Kennedy and senior tight end and defensive lineman Lukas Quinkert.
“We get a well-deserved week off,” Highlanders’ coach Brian Glesing said. “We’re going to get healed up a little bit. We worked the kids out pretty hard the last two weeks because it was fall break for us. But we’ve got some guys banged up. We had two starters out. Quinkert and Kennedy were both banged up and didn’t play [last Friday]. But they’ll be back and ready to go for the playoffs.”
Floyd Central defeated the Panthers in a Hoosier Hills Conference contest on Oct. 11 at Ron Weigleb Stadium, 54-30.
“Hopefully, we’ll get healthy and we have two weeks to get ready for Jennings. It’s always tough to beat a team twice [in one season],” Glesing said.