NEWS AND TRIBUNE
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Following Friday’s 40-26 loss to Brownstown Central, Charlestown coach told Charlestown Pirate Pride Sports Broadcasting that he didn’t believe the Braves were much better than his Pirates.
That may sound funny from the coach of a team that was once down 33-6 and had given up 33 straight points.
But he may be right. The Pirates, who outscored the Braves a combined 103-13 a year ago, outplayed Brownstown in nearly every facet in the second half Friday.
The two sides may meet again and Brownstown coach Reed May doesn’t expect a sectional win to be as easy against Charlestown.
“A win’s a win,” Braves coach Reed May told the Seymour Tribune. “You’ve got to give [Charlestown] credit. They executed better than us in the second half. Come sectional time, they could be a tough team. I wanted to send a message tonight, but we didn’t.”
Brownstown took advantage of Charlestown errors to build the early lead and only out-gained the Pirates by 13 yards despite 27 more offensive plays.
“Charlestown’s defense is stacked,” May told the Tribune. “They’ve got seven or eight returning starters. They’ve got a pretty good defensive front. They started making plays. We didn’t execute [in the second half].”
— Greg Mengelt
BULLDOGS CANNOT CAPITALIZE IN TOUGH 14-7 LOSS AT CASTLE
New Albany (1-1) had two great opportunities to score in the fourth quarter in last Friday’s game at Castle.
Each time, the Bulldogs drove the ball inside Castle’s 10-yard line. But they could not capitalize in their 14-7 loss to the Knights.
“Part of it was Castle forcing some mistakes, and part of it was us pressing a little bit,” New Albany coach Charlie Fields said. “We’re still learning to beat a program like Castle. We were close and we were knocking on the door. Physically, we proved we can play with them. It’s just we made too many mental mistakes.”
Despite the setback, Fields was happy with the effort of his defense. The Bulldogs surrendered 267 total yards and forced four turnovers. New Albany intercepted Knights’ quarterback Will Randell three times and put some pressure on him throughout the contest.
“Our defense is outstanding — I can’t say enough about them,” Fields said. “They get mad at me most every day in practice, but that’s a very self-motivated bunch. They take a lot of pride in what they do. Never once did you see the defense drop their heads, and we put them in some bad spots. They dug us out.”
— Kevin Harris
THIS TIME, DRAGON O STUMBLES
More often than not when the Silver Creek football team loses a game, the defense is the culprit.
Blame couldn’t be placed on that unit after Friday’s 21-20 loss to visiting Salem in Mid-Southern Conference action.
Sure, the Lions had some success against the Dragons’ D, but their 322 total yards of offense wasn’t an astronomical figure. It was a solid effort for Salem and respectable as well for Silver Creek.
It doesn’t happen often, but Silver Creek’s high-octane offense — no stranger whatsoever to ringing up 40 points or better — sputtered until the fourth quarter.
The Dragons clearly felt the Lions’ secondary was ripe for the picking and threw deep on several occasions in the first half. Unfortunately, senior quarterback Brooks Howell and his talented receiving corps rarely connected, with overthrows and drops hindering any progress.
Salem’s methodical ground game also kept Silver Creek’s offense off the field, and the Dragons seemed to grow impatient once they did receive the ball. Finally, in the fourth quarter, Howell became acutely accurate and was perfect on two late scoring drives that kept the outcome in jeopardy. Wideouts Bobby Haines, Austin Hasting, Drew Sherrow and Cameron Cook all had critical catches.
Penalties and some other mental mistakes cost the Dragons dearly. You couldn’t point the finger at the defense, which hung tight despite Salem’s physical style. If anything - and especially because Salem also hurt itself with a bundle of penalties - the rare lack of rhythm on offense through three quarters led to a disappointing start to league play for the Dragons.
— Adam Pruiett
ALLEN EXPECTED TO RETURN SOON
All signs are pointing towards Jeffersonville tight end Dionte Allen being on the field when the Red Devils travel to Bedford North Lawrence Friday night to take on the Stars.
The 6-foot-4, 260-pound senior — the subject of Division I recruiting interest — sustained a leg injury in a scrimmage against Clarksville two weeks ago and hasn’t been in pads in Jeffersonville’s two wins over Evansville Bosse and Seymour.
Still, during last week’s 61-7 home drubbing of Seymour, he was tossing the football around with starting quarterback Jamal Britt when the Red Devil defense was on the field, and appeared to be moving around at full strength.
“Probably,” coach Lonnie Oldham said when asked if Allen could have played on Friday night. “We’re not going to take any chances with his health. We want him back at full strength and for him to be all right.”
The return of Allen will give the already explosive Red Devils some further firepower. The Red Devils are 2-0 and have scored 121 points against Bosse and Seymour.
— Jon Reiter
In Eastern’s 55-24 win over Clarksville, the Generals were whistled for seven personal fouls, including one ejection, while Eastern was flagged three times.
At one point in the game, there were back-to-back to-back personal fouls called. The last appeared to have negated a Clarksville touchdown, although it was allowed to stand when it was ruled that the foul was committed after the player had crossed the goal line.
Both the teams had a tough time adapting to the attention by the officials to the enforcement of the rule regarding head contact.
“How the officials are going to interpret it is something the players and coaches are going to have to figure out,” Eastern coach John Dablow said. “A lot of what they’re calling now is what used to be referred to as good hard nose football.”
“Dont get me wrong, I’m not complaining about the officiating,” Clarksville coach Steve Cooley said. “We were outplayed. But what they’re doing can change the outcome. It can easily change the outcome of a game.”
— Mike Riley
WEEK 3 STARS
OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
• Colton Kimm and Austin Carl, Floyd Central: Kimm and Carl combined four times for 118 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Highlanders defeated rival Providence 60-34 on Friday. Carl caught a 48-yard TD from Kimm to open the scoring. The combination then gave Floyd a 25-0 advantage with a 53-yard scoring pass early in the second quarter.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
• Brian Arnold, Eastern: Along with 113 yards rushing on offense, Arnold had eight tackles, including four solos, and a quarterback sack as the Musketeer defense shut down Clarksville in the second half of Friday’s 55-22 Mid-Southern Conference triumph.
OTHER WEEK 3 STARS
• Brenden Bassett, Jeffersonville: Bassett scored on a 5-yard touchdown run in the second quarter — the first of his career — in Jeffersonville’s 61-7 win over Seymour.
• Gabriel Kennedy, Floyd Central: The Highlaneders’ defensive back had an interception and returned a punt 60 yards for a touchdown in Floyd’s win.
• Tate Boley, Charlestown: Boley had 11 tackles and four pass deflections in the Pirates’ 40-26 loss at Brownstown.
• Zach Donan, New Albany: Donan scored New Albany’s only touchdown on a 98-yard run in the Bulldogs’ 14-7 loss at Castle. He finished the contest with 106 yards on the ground and threw for another 53.
• Austin Hasting, Silver Creek: Hasting caught a pair of touchdowns on passes from Brooks Howell. He put the Dragons on the board in the first quarter on a 26-yard pass from Howell then capped with scoring with 2:29 left from 13 yards out. He finished with three receptions for 59 yards.
• Keegan Bailey, Clarksville: The sophomore had seven tackles in the Generals’ 55-22 loss to Eastern.
• Austin Hines, Jeffersonville: Hines carried the ball just eight times and scored on half of them. He finished with 152 yards in just two quarters.
• Owen Mattingly, Providence: The Pioneer safety had eight solo tackles, four assisted tackles and two interceptions in the loss. He now has three picks this season.
• Tuwan Payton, New Albany: The Bulldogs’ senior running back carried the ball 30 times for 178 yards.
• Matt Myers, Charlestown: Myers ran for 102 yards on just five carries, including TD runs of 29 and 75 yards in the Pirates’ defeat.
• Michael Lively, Jeffersonville: Lively had four tackles and an interception that he returned to the Seymour 1-yard line in the Devils’ Hoosier Hills Conference victory.