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September 2, 2013

GRIDIRON AFTERMATH: Pirates hoping to see Brownstown again

Bulldogs cannot capitalize in tough 14-7 loss at Castle

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — Following Friday’s 40-26 loss to Brownstown Central, Charlestown coach told Charlestown Pirate Pride Sports Broadcasting that he didn’t believe the Braves were much better than his Pirates.

That may sound funny from the coach of a team that was once down 33-6 and had given up 33 straight points.

But he may be right. The Pirates, who outscored the Braves a combined 103-13 a year ago, outplayed Brownstown in nearly every facet in the second half Friday.

The two sides may meet again and Brownstown coach Reed May doesn’t expect a sectional win to be as easy against Charlestown.

“A win’s a win,” Braves coach Reed May told the Seymour Tribune. “You’ve got to give [Charlestown] credit. They executed better than us in the second half. Come sectional time, they could be a tough team. I wanted to send a message tonight, but we didn’t.”

Brownstown took advantage of Charlestown errors to build the early lead and only out-gained the Pirates  by 13 yards despite 27 more offensive plays.

“Charlestown’s defense is stacked,” May told the Tribune. “They’ve got seven or eight returning starters. They’ve got a pretty good defensive front. They started making plays. We didn’t execute [in the second half].”

— Greg Mengelt

BULLDOGS CANNOT CAPITALIZE IN TOUGH 14-7 LOSS AT CASTLE

New Albany (1-1) had two great opportunities to score in the fourth quarter in last Friday’s game at Castle.

Each time, the Bulldogs drove the ball inside Castle’s 10-yard line. But they could not capitalize in their 14-7 loss to the Knights.

“Part of it was Castle forcing some mistakes, and part of it was us pressing a little bit,” New Albany coach Charlie Fields said. “We’re still learning to beat a program like Castle. We were close and we were knocking on the door. Physically, we proved we can play with them. It’s just we made too many mental mistakes.”

Despite the setback, Fields was happy with the effort of his defense. The Bulldogs surrendered 267 total yards and forced four turnovers. New Albany intercepted Knights’ quarterback Will Randell three times and put some pressure on him throughout the contest.

“Our defense is outstanding — I can’t say enough about them,” Fields said. “They get mad at me most every day in practice, but that’s a very self-motivated bunch. They take a lot of pride in what they do. Never once did you see the defense drop their heads, and we put them in some bad spots. They dug us out.”

— Kevin Harris

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