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November 5, 2012

GRIDIRON AFTERMATH: C'town keeps putting up astounding numbers

Pirates continue amazing season with 52-point win over Brownstown

CHARLESTOWN — The numbers Charlestown has put up this season have been astounding.

Through 12 weeks, the Pirates have put up 720 points — and the No. 1 offense has played into the second half just three times.

The only argument that can be made against the Class 3A No. 2 Pirates is that they haven’t played the schedule that, say, potential semi-state opponent Indianapolis Chatard has.

But consider this: The Pirates have played four ranked teams and outscored them a combined 199-19.

Brownstown Central came into Friday’s contest having won nine straight games. The Braves were putting up ridiculous numbers themselves. Their last four games included two shutouts, a win over Southern Indiana powerhouse Heritage Hills and a 35-7 demolition of Salem in the Class 3A Sectional 23 semifinal.

This was a good Brownstown team. And Charlestown made the Braves look like middle schoolers.

Behind star quarterback Aaron Daniel, the Pirates rolled to 36 first downs and 655 total yards. They scored on their first six possessions — against a Brownstown defense that was ranked in the top 10 in the state in points allowed.

“I was amazed Friday night,” Charlestown coach Jason Hawkins admitted. “I was very pleased. I don’t even know the words to describe [the performance]. Our offense and our defense were unbelievable.”

Charlestown’s four receivers combined for 238 yards and four scores, led by Wesley Sexton, who had five catches, 110 yards and a touchdown, and Tyler Odle, who caught three passes for 102 yards and scored twice.

“Brownstown tried to take away the run, so we were forced to pass more,” Hawkins said. “The receivers all blocked well all night when it was their turn to be called upon. They made plays.”

Charlestown will host 10-2 Gibson Southern on Friday in the Class 3A regional, and two-time defending Class 3A state champion Chatard will face Greensburg in the other southern regional. If the Pirates and Chatard both win — as expected — the Class 3A No. 3 Trojans will have to travel to Charlestown with a trip to the state championship game in Indianapolis on the line.

Hawkins said he’s not considering that possibility yet. He said he’s sticking with the Pirates’ plan of taking it one game at a time.

“It’s our goal to play well this week, try to get a little better and then see where things fall,” he said. “We’re at the point in the season where we need some luck and you need to play well. So far we’ve done that every week.”

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