BY MIKE RILEY
With both teams starting the season 0-2, the only thing for certain was that one team would get their first victory in one of the areas biggest rivalries, Clarksville and Charlestown.
But as of late, Charlestown has dominated the series against the Generals and Friday night at Dutch Reis Field was no exception as the Pirates won 68-0. The victory for Charlestown also pulled them to 1-1 in the Mid Southern Conference.
“We wanted to come out with more emotion than we had the past two weeks and we did that,” said Charlestown coach Jason Hawkins. “We were flying to the ball on defense and the offensive line played great and was getting holes open. We finally got a win. Let’s build on it and get number two next week.”
Clarksville denied Charlestown on its first possession as they forced the Pirates to turn the ball over on downs. From there, it was all Pirates as they built a 36-0 halftime lead.
Hawkins cleared his bench early in the third quarter, but his team continued to play well.
It also didn’t help the Generals cause that in addition to being down numbers-wise, they were missing four starters, three to injury and one for disciplinary reasons.
“Field position in the first half killed us,” said Clarksville coach Steve Cooley. “We wanted to force them to drive the ball — the final score is not indicative of how well our defense played in the first half.
Pirate quarterback Tristan Chester completed 5-of-11 passes for 138 yards with no interceptions. Eli Daniel was his favorite target Friday as he caught four passes for 126 yards.
On the ground, the Pirates totaled 417 yards led by Darren Taylor with 134 yards on 18 carries. Matt Myers gained 43 yards on six carries, scoring on touchdown runs of 3, 6 and 7 yards. Taylor, along with freshman Antonio Gaddie and Ethan Richey, each totaled two rushing touchdowns for the Pirates.
“Tristan has been playing better,” Hawkins said. “He’s doing the things he’s capable of doing. It’s just a matter of confidence. And we had two or three guys run the ball well tonight. Plus all of the young guys ran well.”
Clarksville quarterback Wyatt Kissel completed 9-of 22 passes for 64 yards. Andrew Wright caught four passes for 62 yards.
“We played hard, we need to play hard for four quarters,” Cooley said. “The kids played hard and didn’t quit, but we had 14-year-olds trying to tackle 240 pound backs. We should have our injured guys back next week.”
“In the second half of the Brownstown game we started to get into the things that we can do,” Hawkins said. “ Maybe it took me that long to realize it.
“We started 0-2. I’ve started 0-2 before and I’ll probably do it again. I don’t get too excited after a win or too down after a loss. The important thing is to get better each game and be ready come sectional time.”
Charlestown travels to North Harrison next week while Clarksville hosts Corydon Central.
CHARLESTOWN 68, CLARKSVILLE 0
Clarksville 0 0 0 0— 0
Charlestown 16 20 13 19—68
Ch — Cameron Hopson 3 run (Alex Smith from Tristan Chester), 3:51.
Ch — Darren Taylor 5 run (Hopson kick), 1:48.
Ch — Taylor 3 run (Calvin McClelland kick), 10:56.
Ch — Matt Myers 1 (kick failed), 6:58.
Ch — Myers 6 run (McClelland kick), 1:48.
Ch — Antonyo Gaddie 9 run (McClelland kick), 5:02.
Ch — Gaddie 42 run (kick failed), 1:01.
Ch — Jarren Anderson 8 run (kick failed), 9:20.
Ch — Ethan Richey 6 run (McClelland kick), 5:34.
Ch — Richey 8 run (run failed), 3:29.
Clarksville (9-22-65-0): Wyatt Kissell 9-22-65-0.
Charlestown (5-14-152-0): Chester 5-14-152-0.
Clarksville (29-minus 6): Yennes 4-6, Buchheit 6-4, Marquise Parrish 11-minus 5, Kissell 8-minus 11.
Charlestown (51-417): Taylor 17-121, Anderson 6-72, Gaddie 4-57, Richey 6-50, Hopson 6-43, Myers 6-38, Bradley Laffoon 1-21, Jarrett Farmer 1-6, Smith 1-4, Chester 1-3, Poindexter 1-2.
Clarksville: Andrew Wright 5-58, Buchheit 1-8, Jonathon Booth 1-3, Parrish 2-(minus 4).
Charlestown: Eli Daniel 4-131, Luke Wood 1-21.