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November 5, 2013

GRIDIRON AFTERMATH: Pirates overcome Brown County’s late run

Highlanders shut down Jennings this time

NASHVILLE — The feeling of déjà vu was perhaps unavoidable.

Last Friday in the Class 3A Sectional 31 semifinals, the Charlestown football team built a cushy 28-0 lead at halftime against host Brown County behind an eye-opening starting debut at quarterback by sophomore Tate Boley and an unyielding defense that was suffocating the Eagles’ ground game.

The game seemed in the bag. The Pirates were coasting into the next round.

But Brown County had other ideas, just like Gibson Southern did last season against Charlestown in the Class 3A regional.

In that playoff contest, the Titans erased a five-touchdown deficit in rallying to beat the stunned Pirates 57-49.

Brown County provoked a similar feeling of dread in the second half.

After switching to an aerial attack, the Eagles roared back as the Pirates’ secondary struggled. When Brown County quarterback Dillon Boknecht threw his third touchdown pass to Luke Huls, Charlestown’s lead had dwindled to 35-24 — an advantage that could have been one TD if the Eagles had been successful in the extra point or two-point conversion game.

Depending on your perspective, Charlestown (8-3) either put the game away en route to a 41-24 victory or Brown County torpedoed its own chances of completing the comeback. Maybe it was a little bit of both.

The Pirates got a late interception by junior Jason Houchens. That pick set up senior Matt Myers, who followed the takeaway by breaking off a 49-yard touchdown run.

However, before that sequence, Brown County had a first-and-goal from the Charlestown 5-yard line that ended with a 48-yard field-goal attempt due to a

mind-boggling six penalties.

Previously, the Eagles were forced to attempt a 50-yard extra point because of four penalties, including a personal foul.

For Brown County fans, it was painful to watch. Charlestown fans could relate. Thankfully, the feeling of déjà vu was replaced by jubilation as the Pirates will have the chance to defend their sectional crown at Class 3A No. 4 and undefeated Brownstown Central this coming Friday.

— Adam Pruiett

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