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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.