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LONG RIDE TRIPS UP DRAGONS
On Friday, the Silver Creek football team took the longest trip in program history when it went to Lawrenceburg.
The two-hour bus ride appeared to play havoc on the Dragons, who fell behind 39-15 at the half.
However, Silver Creek outscored the 7-2 Tigers 13-6 in the second half and shut them out in the third quarter. That’s something the team can build on, coach Mike Donahue said.
“I told them after the game that the thing I was most proud of was that they could have either folded or stepped it up, and they stepped it up — on both sides of the ball,” Donahue recalled.
This Friday, the Dragons hope to take advantage of a 1-8 Boonville team that will be making a long trip. However, Donahue knows that the Pioneers are better than a team that has lost eight straight.
“We’re in decent shape to go into the sectional, but we realize Boonville plays tough competition,” he said. “We know they’re better than their record.”
DON’T COUNT OUT THE MUSKETEERS
As for Eastern (2-7) its sectional quest starts as the Musketeers host Paoli, a power in Class 2A in recent years.
Don’t automatically write Eastern off.
Yes, Paoli is 7-2 with its only losses coming to 4A Evansville Central and Class A power Perry Central, but three of the Rams victories — against MSC members Salem, Corydon Central and North Harrison — were all fairly close games.
And if the Musketeers were to pull off the upset, that would set up a meeting with either Clarksville or Crawford Co., the two teams that Pekin owns victories over this season. This could be interesting.
All season, Clarksville coach Steve Cooley has believed if he could field a healthy team, it would be one that would win football games.
Unfortunately, it never happened and the Generals closed the regular season with a 62-12 loss to Providence in the Clarksville City Championship and without a victory.
“I’m proud of the effort the kids ended the regular season with,” Cooley said. “We didn’t have the wins we would have like, but as far as young kids stepping in and playing hard, it’s been a success. We’ve been a wounded animals since Week 2 or 3.
“I’m proud of the resilience of these kids to show up every day and compete without the rest of the bullets in the gun. These are lessons these kids will take with them the rest of their lives, how to get knocked down and get back up again and fight.”
Clarksville drew 2-7 Crawford County — a program the Generals have dominated over the years — in Friday’s Sectional 39 opening round. What may seem to be a winnable game probably depends on the health of the the Generals.
“They’re pretty good,” Cooley said of the Wolfpack. “If we were 100 percent, we’d be like, ‘Hey, we’re playing Crawford County,’ but we’re not. Right now it’s day-by-day who we’re going to have [available to play]. We’ll play hard for 48 minutes for a chance to play another 48 minutes.”