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October 8, 2013

GRIDIRON AFTERMATH: Fields pleased with Bulldogs’ all-around effort in win over Jeff

NA kicker Falcone contributed to winning cause

(Continued)

NEW ALBANY — OLDHAM HAPPY WITH NORTHERN, JEFF’S INTENSITY VERSUS BULLDOGS

Despite Friday’s loss at New Albany, Jeff coach Lonnie Oldham saw some positives from his players.

The first bright spot was the play of freshman quarterback Cameron Northern. He entered the contest in the second quarter for starter Jamal Britt and proceeded to complete 23-of-41 passes for 318 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions.

“He played pretty well. He did well in the second quarter. He came in and he [threw] it,” said Oldham, who mentioned on Monday that Northern probably will start this coming Friday at home against Class 4A No. 1 Columbus East and Britt is expected to play as well.

The second positive for the Red Devils (4-3, 3-2 HHC) was their intensity. Oldham said he has not seen that type of intensity from his troops since their  60-0 victory at Bedford North Lawrence on Sept. 6.

Oldham says Jeff must at least match that kind of intensity this coming Friday if it wants to compete with the Olympians.

“If we play with that type of intensity, we’ll be in it in the fourth quarter. If we don’t, it won’t be close,” Oldham said. “[Last Friday], the loss did not bother us because we played well. I was happy with our defensive effort. We played real well.”

— Kevin Harris

PIRATE D MAKES A STATEMENT

Coming into the season, Charlestown’s defense was expected to be one of the best units in the state.

After all, the Pirates had five shutouts and didn’t give up more than 18 points in any game during their first 12 outings last season. During a six-week stretch, including the three sectional games, Charlestown surrendered just 13 points total.

With most of his players back — and most of the offense gone — coach Jason Hawkins expected his defense to lead his team to low-scoring wins.

Instead, with the offense struggling and putting the defense in poor field position, the Pirates surrendered 64 combined points in season-opening losses to Madison and Brownstown Central.

Since those two losses, the Pirates had given up just 14 points and had three shutouts over four weeks — but that was against Clarksville, Silver Creek and Salem.

On Friday against then 5-1 Corydon Central, Charlestown’s D made a statement. It allowed the Panthers just 104 total yards, including only 32 to Corydon’s potent ground attack, in its fourth shutout in five weeks.

“Our defense continues to play well every week,” Hawkins said. “It is fun to watch them play.”

— Greg Mengelt

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