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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 — FLOYD BOUNCES BACK BIG AGAIN

Lopsided losses can often damage the psyche of a football team, causing confusion and self-doubt.

For Floyd Central, it seems a blowout defeat only serves to clarify things.

The Highlanders have suffered two losses this season, both in convincing fashion. They fell 62-16 to Louisville Male in their opener and 76-30 to Class 4A No. 1 Columbus East in Week 6.

After getting hammered by Male to start 2013, Floyd Central bounced back with a 60-34 victory over Providence, jump-starting a four-game winning streak that culminated with a 28-14 triumph over Jeffersonville.

Then came the demolition at the hands of Columbus East.

Repairs were made, however, in just a week’s time. Floyd Central regrouped Friday to post a thoroughly dominant 69-7 win over Bedford North Lawrence that saw the Highlanders play sharp football without a hint of carryover from the previous week’s thumping.

“Whenever you play a team like Columbus East, you have to fix everything that went wrong,” Floyd Central senior Brandon Stout said. “You have to come out the next week and forget about it. … You have to work on everything. We came out against BNL and ran the same play over and over again [an off-tackle run by tailback Gaige Klingsmith]. You have to get everything perfect.”

Floyd Central just about did Friday night, registering 552 yards rushing. The offensive line created gaping holes and the team’s rushers capitalized in the open field. Klingsmith, Gabriel Kennedy, Stout, Garry Posey and Blake Carl all rushed for more than 80 yards.

“We just started executing and Coach [Brian Glesing] saw it was working,” Kennedy said. “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.”

But if it does need fixing, the Highlanders have proven to be quality repairmen.

— Adam Pruiett

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

• Owen Mattingly, Providence: Mattingly had 178 yards on just seven carries and scored four times in the Pioneers’ 67-0 win over Mitchell. In the past two weeks — his first two weeks as the Providence signal-caller — Mattingly had 357 yards and seven touchdowns in wins over Mitchell and Jeffersonville.

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