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September 17, 2013

GRIDIRON AFTERMATH: Highlanders have record-breaking game versus Owls

Floyd runs wild in 84-43 win over Seymour

FLOYDS KNOBS — Floyd Central rushed for 446 yards in Friday’s record-shattering 84-43 victory over Seymour. Behind Gaige Klingsmith, Garry Posey and Gabriel Kennedy, the Highlanders had 357 yards on the ground in the first half alone.

Klingsmith had 265 yards on 20 carries and seven touchdowns — a school record — all in the first half. Klingsmith played junior varsity last year but was a state-qualifying sprinter.

“He’s put on a little weight. He is fast, obviously,” Floyd coach Brian Glesing said of the junior. “Garry is more of a power runner and Gaige is more of our breakaway guy. We’ll use them both. We have Gabriel Kennedy, as well. So we have a good stable of backs.”

After giving up 62 points to Male and 34 to Providence, Floyd appeared to have its defense fixed by giving up just 13 to a hot Madison offense.

While the Cubs like to run with back Mitchell Sandlin, the Owls preferred to go to the air. The Highlanders and Owls combined for a Floyd Central — an presumably Seymour — school record with 127 points because the Highlanders couldn’t stop Owl quarterback Austin Sutton and receiver Zach Schlatterer.

Sutton, who was playing in his first game of the season, threw for 315 yards and five touchdowns. Schlatterer caught 10 passes for 193 yards and four of Sutton’s TD passes.

“Seymour kept scoring. We couldn’t stop them, so we had to keep our No. 1 offense out there for three quarters,” Glesing said.

— Greg Mengelt

HOWELL WINS IN RELIEF

Whether the New York Yankees make the baseball playoffs this season is yet to be seen. And whether you’re a Yankee fan or not, it will be sad to see the ending of the career of reliever Mariano Rivera, who is not only one of the greats to ever play the position but also one of the great ambassadors of baseball.

Silver Creek quarterback Brooks Howell turned in a “Rivera-like” relief effort in the Dragons’ 21-14 win over Eastern on Friday.

Howell, who suffered an injury the previous week against Corydon Central, was expected to see action. Silver Creek coach Mike Donahue said earlier in the week that more than likely Howell would see playing time but that Jake Meadors would get the start.

Silver Creek trailed 8-7 at halftime and were in a definite football mental funk. Howell came on and played the entire second half, completing 7-of-11 passes for 85 yards. He threw one interception, but also threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Bobby Haines, then ran for the two-point conversion to give the Dragons a 15-8 lead.

Howell started that scoring drive with three straight completions and later hooked up with Cameron Cook for a 26-yard gain and a first down at the Eastern 25-yard line.

“We didn’t do two different preparations because we didn’t know if he was going to play or not,” said Eastern coach John Dablow. “You’ve got to give [Howell] credit, he came in and did a great job.”

“We’re 2-2 and not 1-3,” said Donahue to his team after the game.

Like the Yankees, yet to be seen, but this could have been a turning point in the Dragons’ season.

— Mike Riley

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