DRAGONS GET IDENTITY BACK
The Silver Creek football team had seemed to suffer a bit of an identity crisis of late, but the Dragons restored their reputation last Friday at Clarksville.
After averaging a meager nine points in its previous three games, including a shutout loss to Charlestown, Silver Creek piled up 53 points against the Generals in a Mid-Southern Conference victory that evened its record at 3-3 overall.
From a scoring standpoint for Silver Creek, that was more like it. Since varsity football returned to the school in 2011, the Dragons had been known as a high-scoring unit with a troubled defense.
This season, however, that D is experiencing a major breakthrough. It has allowed 22 points or less in every game but one — and that was a lopsided 46-30 win over Springs Valley in the opener.
The steady improvement defensively hasn’t coincided with a leap forward offensively. But Silver Creek hopes breaking the 50-point threshold versus the Generals will springboard it forward through the rest of the season.
The Dragons had solid balance in both yardage and individual performance, gaining 322 yards on the ground and 133 through the air behind running backs Bobby Haines (231 yards rushing, three touchdowns) and Brad Graham (99, 1), wide receiver Austin Hasting (five catches, 90 yards, one TD receiving, 68-yard kickoff return TD) and quarterback Jake Meadors (9-of-13 for 133 yards, two passing TDs, one rushing TD).
“We should take this victory and take it into the rest of the games with momentum,” Haines said afterward. “Hopefully we have what it takes to get more victories.”
They will if their offense resembles what it looked like Friday night.
— Adam Pruiett
GLESING NOT SURPRISED BY EAST’S FAST START
Class 4A No. 1 Columbus East shocked hundreds of fans with their fast start in last Friday’s 76-30 home victory over Floyd Central. The Olympians exploded to a 35-0 lead with 1:45 remaining in the first quarter.
But one person inside Stafford Field was not stunned by East’s start at all — Floyd Central coach Brian Glesing.
“No,” Glesing responded when asked if he was surprised being down 35-0 early. “They’re a good team. We can’t give up big plays and you’ve got to do assignment football and we weren’t able to do that. They were able to block us up front and we weren’t able to get off blocks.”
With the Highlanders (4-2, 3-1 Hoosier Hills Conference) trailing 49-7 at halftime, Glesing was positive during his intermission speech to his players. He reminded his troops that his 2009 FC squad lost 42-17 at East, but rebounded to win a sectional championship later that season.
Glesing says for the Highlanders to repeat that feat in 2013, they must improve on the field and be more mentally tough.
“We’ve got to get better for the tournament,” Glesing said. “We all had an emotional high [in Week 5] when we were on top of the world beating Jeff. Now, we’re at an emotional low. That’s what life is about. You’ve got to deal with those emotional highs and emotional lows, and we’ve got to be somewhere right in the middle. That’s how you handle it. We’ll see how we handle it and I think we’ll do fine.”
— Kevin Harris