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October 22, 2012

GRIDIRON AFTERMATH: Generals, Pirates, Devils earn sectional wins

Each team on own quest to snap title droughts

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> SOUTHERN INDIANA — INJURIES COST PIONEERS

Who knows if Providence (3-7) would have had a shot to beat Paoli, ranked 12th in the final Class 2A coaches poll, if it was healthy? It would have been nice to have found out.

The Pioneers were without their top four running backs and several others as the Rams, who are surrendering just nine points per game, earned their fourth shutout of the season, 40-0 in last Friday’s Sectional 31 opener.

STRIDES MADE

The season ended with disappointment for New Albany (5-5) in its second loss of the season to rival Jeff. But the four-game improvement over a year ago is a sign that the program is in good hands under coach Charlie Fields.

After earning a shutout against Madison in Week 6, however, the Bulldogs’ defense gave up 40 points per game in its final four outings. That’s something that will have to be addressed in the offseason for New Albany to continue back to the top of the Hoosier Hills Conference.

SIGNS OF HOPE

Even with seven losses, including a 42-8 defeat at the hands of Corydon last Friday, almost everything about the 2012 season was a success for Silver Creek (3-7).

Consider this: The Panthers scored 70 points on Creek in their regular-season meeting just seven weeks prior. That’s a four-touchdown improvement for the Dragon defense.

There are a lot of reasons for fans of the Dragons to be excited about the future once the program catches up with others that have been playing for nearly a century.

The loss of star running back Layne Taylor will be difficult to overcome, but there’s little doubt that the buzz surrounding the program will continue to grow in 2013.

EXPECT A COMEBACK

Floyd Central coach Brian Glesing has never coached a team to back-to-back losing seasons. In fact, Glesing followed his only previous losing season at Floyd in 2007 with a 6-5 campaign the following season and a sectional championship two years later.

Although growing pains were expected, there’s no doubt that 2012 was a disappointment in the Knobs.

The first-round 56-12 loss to Castle certainly stung, but don’t expect the Highlanders to stay down long. There is plenty of talent at the lower levels of the program and running back Garry Posey will return for what should be a monster season in 2013.

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