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October 28, 2013

GRIDIRON AFTERMATH: Dragons, Generals achieve firsts in sectional first round

Devil D comes through as Jeff moves on in Class 6A

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — It was a week of firsts in Southern Indiana with Clarksville earning its first win of the season, with the first-ever Class 6A sectional games and, of course, Silver Creek accomplishing a couple of milestones.

In the offseason, the Dragons — in only their third season of playing postseason games as a program — were moved up to Class 4A. That didn’t stop them in winning their first sectional game in school history, 49-41 over Boonville in the opening round of Class 4A Sectional 24 play last Friday.

“It was highly important,” Silver Creek coach Mike Donahue said. “This was something we were hoping to be able to accomplish this season.”

The victory also gave Silver Creek four wins — a school record and an impressive mark in just three seasons.

“Practice was amazing all week long and I think it helped to play the first sectional game ever at home,” Donahue said.

Speaking of game locations, Silver Creek’s supposed home game with Evansville Reitz on Friday has been moved to Evansville. The IHSAA made the determination that Silver Creek did not have the facilities to host Reitz, even after successfully hosting a sectional game against Boonville.

Donahue said he and the school understand the ruling.

“The [IHSAA] commissioner came and he felt we could not handle the crowd that Evansville Reitz would bring,” Donahue said. “Of course, there’s no counter to that. We are going to be treated as the home team, but it’s a long bus ride. We’ll have to see how we weather going that far.”

— Greg Mengelt

 

GENERALS CELEBRATE FIRST WIN

Clarksville celebrated last Friday’s 42-38 come-from-behind victory over Crawford County like it had won a sectional title.

It was a celebration long in coming.

The Generals suffered through a winless regular season and trailed the Wolfpack 38-28 until Nate Knight scored a pair of touchdowns in the final 8:11 — the final coming with 36 seconds remaining — to seal Clarksville’s first victory in the opening round of the Class 2A Sectional 39 tournament.

“It’s the most important we win could have had all season,” Knight said. “I’m OK with losing all season as long as we keep pushing forward in the tournament.”

“For us, we’ve been beat up all year and didn’t have Marquise [Parrish], so yeah, it was big for us,” Clarksville coach Steve Cooley said. “The kids were elated after the game. We got a victory and have a chance to play another 48 minutes.”

— G.M.

 

PIRATES CLING TO MOMENTUM

Can a shift in momentum possibly go against the team that it should benefit?

That may have happened at Charlestown last Friday during the Pirates’ 28-7 Class 3A Sectional 31 win over visiting Corydon Central.

Charlestown led 14-0 late in the first half. The Panthers’ offense, which up until this point had produced zilch, suddenly found gold as quarterback Lannis Buck connected with T.J. Mathes on a 40-yard pass play to the Pirates’ 2-yard line. Two plays later, Buck took it in from a yard out and it was a 14-7 game.

But, as the final score indicates, the Panthers didn’t score again.

“Yeah, there was something of a momentum shift,” said Charlestown coach Jason Hawkins. “We went in at halftime knowing that we were in a ballgame. Then we came out and got a stop and then scored. Our defense did a great job. That long pass was the only big play we gave up.”

— Mike Riley

 

DEFENSIVE STAND SAVES JEFF

Although Jeffersonville is known for its offense and it scored 30 points in Friday’s win over Columbus North, the Red Devils would not have moved on without the defense.

The Devil D made two big plays to help Jeff move into Friday’s Class 6A Sectional 8 championship game against Center Grove.

First, Jeff’s defense made a huge goal line stand late in the first quarter of Friday’s 30-22 win over Columbus North in the Class 6A Sectional 8 opener.

The Devils stopped Bull Dog quarterback Mitchell Kelley at the Jeff 1 to preserve an early 12-0 lead.

The Red Devils got their second big defensive play late in the game.

After Jeff took a 24-22 lead with 2:18 remaining, the Devils’ 290-pound defensive lineman Joseph Simmons picked off Kelley. Simmons returned the interception 35 yards deep into Bull Dog territory to set up Dionte Allen’s 15-yard TD run with 1:16 left for a 30-22 lead.

The Devil defense then had to hold off North for the final 1:16.

“We went into halftime leading 18-15 and the way our defense was playing, I really thought we could win 18-15,” Jeff coach Lonnie Oldham said. “That goal-line stand was awesome [and] Simmons’ interception really sealed it. He covered that screen real well. Our defense really stepped up when we needed it to.”

— G.M.

 

PIONEERS BLAST MANUAL

It’s hard to learn much about your team when you play a winless, helpless team like Providence did in Friday’s 56-6 victory over Indianapolis Manual.

Still, Providence coach Larry Denison liked what he saw in the first half when the Pioneer starters ran out to a 49-0 halftime lead for their sixth straight win.

“I liked the way we played well in the first half, but there are still some things we need to clean up,” Denison said. “The thing you want to do in a game like this is to come out healthy.”

The biggest issue, he said, was how to balance keeping his team playing well while being gracious to the Redskins.

“It’s a delicate situation,” Denison said. “When do you call the dogs off and put the young kids in there? On the one hand, you want to get as much work in as possible, but on the other hand, you don’t want to run the score up, either.”

— G.M.

 

WEEK 10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK

• Nate Knight, Clarksville: Knight scored four times, including 45- and 16-yard touchdown runs in the fourth quarter to lead the Generals from behind in their 42-38 triumph over Crawford County in the opening round of the Class 2A Sectional 39 tournament on Friday. Knight ran for 248 yards on 30 carries in the victory.

“He had a great game, he ran hard. He filled in for [Clarksville’s Marquise Parrish] and did a great job. I couldn’t be prouder of the game he had,” Generals’ coach Steve Cooley said.

 

OTHER WEEK 10 STARS

• Bobby Haines, Silver Creek: Haines scored four touchdowns in the Dragons’ 49-41 victory over Boonville in the first round of Class 4A Sectional 24 action. In Creek’s first sectional victory in program history, Haines ran for 126 yards on 14 carries, caught two TD passes from Brooks Howell and had a 98-yard kickoff return for a score.

• Dionte Allen, Jeffersonville: Allen caught a 5-yard TD pass from Cam Northern then ran one in from 15 yards out to help the Red Devils complete a 30-22 come-from-behind victory over Columbus North in the opening round of Class 6A Sectional 8 action. Allen now owns the Jeffersonville school record with 19 career TD receptions. Allen also had a first-quarter touchdown run.

• Antonyo Gaddie, Charlestown: The Pirates’ freshman signal-caller ran for 168 yards on 35 carries and a pair of scores in Charlestown’s 28-7 Class 3A Sectional 31 victory over Corydon Central

• Ben Hauber, Providence: Hauber had a 5-yard touchdown run and a 40-yard interception return for a score in the Pioneers’ 56-6 victory over Indianapolis Manual in the first round of the Class 2A Sectional 39 tournament.

• Brooks Howell, Silver Creek: Howell threw for four touchdowns in the Dragons’ victory over Boonville. He completed eight of his 14 pass attempts for 200 yards.

• Jordy Bisoso, Clarksville: Bisoso moved from cornerback to middle linebacker and registered eight solo tackles in the Generals’ 42-38 win over Crawford County.

• Isaiah Blanton, Jeffersonville: Blanton caught three passes for 118 yards and a touchdown in Jeff’s 30-22 win over Columbus North. He has 684 receiving yards on the season, which is good for sixth in Red Devil history.

• Zach Donan, New Albany: Donan threw for a pair of touchdowns — a 41-yarder to Ravon Wright in the first quarter and a 27-yard strike to Jared Jones in the fourth quarter — in the Bulldogs’ 70-14 loss to Center Grove in the Sectional 8 semifinal. Donan threw for 112 yards.

• Cam Northern, Jeffersonville: The Devils’ freshman quarterback threw for 242 yards and three touchdowns as Jeff beat Columbus North.

• Matt Bell, Providence: Bell ran for 101 yards on eight carries and scored three times as the Pioneers rolled past Manual.

• Brian Arnold, Eastern: Arnold had 97 combined yards — 64 rushing and 33 receiving — and caught a 23-yard TD pass from Austin Roberts in the first quarter of the Musketeers’ 54-16 loss to Paoli in the opening round of Sectional 39.

• Brandon Coleman, Jeffersonville: Coleman had eight solo tackles and broke up a pair of passes in the Devils’ win over North.

• Drew Sherrow, Silver Creek: Sherrow caught four passes for 62 yards in Creek’s triumph over Boonville.

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