BY MIKE RILEY
After last week’s stunning loss at Providence, the Charlestown Pirates rebounded well on Senior Night as they turned back visiting Eastern 64-0 at Dutch Reis Field.
“Our offensive line did a great job tonight,” said Charlestown coach Jason Hawkins. “We were really getting off the ball. They’re getting better and I think we’ll be able to run against anyone from here on out.”
Charlestown (6-3, 6-1 Mid-Southern Conference) put itself in great shape when it turned a scoreless game into a 16-0 lead in a matter of less than two minutes.
First, quarterback Antonyo Gaddie scored on a 5-yard run to cap a five-play 32-yard drive with the short field being set up by a Gaddie punt return.
Then on the ensuing kickoff, Eastern’s Scot Ames let the ball go through his legs and into the end zone, then touched the ball, resulting in a safety for the Pirates.
The Pirates’ Tate Boley then returned the Eastern free kick to the Musketeers’ 27-yard line — again giving the Pirates a short field. Five plays later, it was Matt Myers taking it in from 3 yards out. Boley added a 12 yard touchdown run with seven seconds left in the quarter to extend the Charlestown lead to 23-0.
By halftime it was 43-0 as the Pirates added three more scores. Gaddie scored on runs of 7 and 27 yards before throwing a 14-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Crace. The Pirates added three scores after halftime, all on the ground on runs of 29 yards by Eli Daniel, 7 yards by defensive standout Jimmy Garcia and 5 yards by Jarren Anderson.
“Overall we played great — a great game,” Hawkins said. “Give praise to the offensive line and our defense. Gaddie did a great job and Garcia, Myers and Tate all ran the ball well.”
Final statistics were pretty much one-sided. In total yards, the Pirates outgained the Musketeers (2-7, 1-6), 381-136. On the ground, the advantage was 347-58.
Gaddie completed 3-of-7 passes for 34 yards and was the Pirates’ leading rusher with 96 yards on seven carries. Garcia added 81 yards on nine carries. Crace caught two passes for 22 yards.
For Eastern, quarterback Austin Roberts completed 11-of-21 passes for 70 yards. Jordan Eberle caught seven passes for 41 yards and Tristen Smith gained 20 yards on six carries.
And maybe most importantly heading into Class 3A Sectional 31 play, which starts next Friday, the Pirates made it through the game injury-free. Currently, the Pirates have a number of starters out due to injury.
Charlestown will host Corydon Central to start sectional play next week. The Pirates had no trouble with the Panthers back on Oct. 4 in a 35-0 victory at Charlestown.
“Hopefully this game will give us some confidence going into the sectional.” Hawkins said. “You can bet that Corydon will be ready.”
Eastern, which participates in Class 2A Sectional 39, will host Paoli in the first round next Friday.
CHARLESTOWN 64, EASTERN 0
Eastern 0 0 0 0— 0
Charlestown 23 20 21 0—64
C — Antonyo Gaddie 5 pass (Calvin McClelland kick), 4:25.
C — Safety, 4:18.
C — Matt Myers 5 run (McClelland kick), 2:37.
C — Tate Boley 12 run (McClelland kick), :07.
C — Jimmy Garcia 7 run (McClelland kick), 8:17.
C — Gaddie 27 run (McClelland kick), 5:15.
C — Hunter Crace 14 pass from Gaddie (kick failed), 4:06.
C — Eli Daniel 30 run (Martinez kick), 10:40.
C — Garcia 7 run (Martinez kick), 5:33.
C — Jarren Anderson 5 run (Martinez kick), 7:12.
Eastern: Tristen Smith 6-20, Jordan Eberle 6-12, Brian Arnold 5-12, Mike Hall 2-8, Scot Ames 6-7, Austin Roberts 3-minus 7.
Charlestown: Gaddie 7-96, Garcia 9-81, Myers 8-41, Daniel 3-32, Anderson 4-32, Boley 4-25, Cameron Hopson 1-23, Ethan Richey 2-11, Jarrett Farmer 2-4, Luke Woods 2-3, Logan Gurr 1-minus 1.
Eastern: Roberts 11-21-78-0.
Charlestown: Gaddie 3-7-34-0.
Eastern: Eberle 7-41, Scott Worrall 1-24, Ames 1-16, Hall 2-minus 3.
Charlestown: Crace 2-22, Hopson 1-12.