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October 1, 2013

GRIDIRON AFTERMATH: Jeff undone by turnovers, lack of effort

Pirates make statement in shutout win over Salem

JEFFERSONVILLE — Through four games, Jeffersonville looked unbeatable. It’s offense looked unstoppable.

But in the past two weeks, the Red Devils have turned the ball over 15 times and lost back-to-back games to Floyd Central and Providence.

“You can’t turn it over seven times and expect to win,” Jeff coach Lonnie Oldham said about last Friday’s loss to the Pioneers. “We’ve turned it over 15 times in the last two games. It doesn’t matter who you play, you’re not going to win.”

Worse than the turnovers was the lack of enthusiasm on the Jeff sideline against a rival last Friday. In the 35-13 loss to the Pioneers, Oldham said his team’s attitude was unacceptable.

“You only get nine opportunities to play [every regular season],” he said. “We were dead. I don’t understand it. I feel like we have a good team, but you have to play with intensity and attitude and effort and emotion. We had no enthusiasm, no anything.

“Why we came out flat? I have no idea. It was like we were at a practice on a Monday.”

Jeff goes to New Albany this Friday to renew the rivalry that goes back to 1904. The Bulldogs are 4-2 and arguably the best team the Red Devils have played this season.

“We better come with some intensity,” Oldham said. “If we don’t play well this week, we’ll get beat by 50. We’re coming into it reeling. Dropping three in a row would not be real good.”

— Greg Mengelt

PIRATES MAKE A STATEMENT

Entering the month of September, the Charlestown Pirates under coach Jason Hawkins were looking at a two-game losing streak, having dropped the first two games of the season following a season with a sectional championship, and without a doubt, one of the most successful seasons in the history of Pirate football.

September is ending quite differently as the Pirates are now riding a four-game winning streak including last Friday’s 35-0 victory over Salem.

Call this a statement game as the Pirates and Lions both entered the game with identical 3-2 records. Also identical was that each team was 3-1 in the Mid-Southern Conference.

Other similarities: Each team had lost to a nonconference rival (Charlestown to Madison, Salem to Paoli) as well as Brownstown Central in conference. Likewise, both teams have defeated Clarksville, North Harrison and Silver Creek.

It didn’t seem likely that one team would dominate the other by 35 points.

“We’ve got a good defense and they’re getting better,” said Charlestown coach Jason Hawkins. “Eventually, it will get to the point where they are giving the offense more opportunities — and better chances to move the ball. Our goal has been to get better every week. We’ve got a showdown coming up this week with Corydon [Central]. We’re trying to get ready for the sectional.”

— Mike Riley

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