Floyd Central (6-3, 5-2 Hoosier Hills) forced the Bulldogs (5-4, 4-3) into four turnovers – two on downs deep in Highlander territory. Despite 410 yards of total offense, New Albany found the end zone twice all night.
The Bulldogs’ longest play from scrimmage was a 41-yard reception late in the fourth quarter. New Albany entered the game fourth in scoring among Indiana’s Class 6A programs.
“We didn’t give up the big play,” Glesing said. “I think that might be the story of the night. … That was very important. They had to earn it, and when they got down there we were able to stop them.”
New Albany had an opportunity to knot the score at 7-7 in the first quarter, but Floyd Central’s defense forced the Bulldogs’ Darquan Richardson to fumble at the one-yard line on his way into the end zone. Tyler Edwards made the play for the Highlanders, who extended their lead to 13-0 in the second half by way of a 20-yard touchdown run by Zach Rodgers.
Rodgers recorded two touchdowns and 87 yards on just five carries. Jason Cundiff led the way with 128 yards and a touchdown on 17 touches.
“The turnover on the one-yard line in the first half was big for momentum,” Glesing said. “We bent, but didn’t break. Did just enough offensively to win the game. Red-zone defense was good.”
Floyd Central will travel to Bedford North Lawrence on Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. to open postseason play. New Albany will host Columbus North.
Jeffersonville 35, Jennings County 29: The Red Devils (4-5, 4-3 HHC) snapped a four-game losing streak with a comeback victory over the Panthers (0-9, 0-7).
Trailing 29-21 in the fourth quarter, Cameron Northern orchestrated two scoring drives with under four minutes remaining – one capped by a 20-yard touchdown pass to D’Andre Rutherford and the other a seven-yard toss to Gerald Davis with 1:48 left.
Ian Francisco forced a fumble that gave Jeffersonville the ball back after the Red Devils’ first fourth-quarter touchdown tied it at 29-29.
“They showed a lot of heart, a lot of guts,” Jeffersonville coach Alfonzo Browning said. “Even when times have been tough they’re still a resilient group. They don’t give up.”
Jeffersonville travels to Center Grove, the 2015 6A state champion, on Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. in its sectional opener.
West Washington 44, Salem 23: The Senators (9-0, 7-0 Patoka Lake) completed their second consecutive undefeated regular season with the win over the Lions (5-4, 4-3 Mid-Southern).
Quarterback Michael Sizemore accounted for two touchdowns and running back Landon McPheeters totaled 132 yards and three scores for West Washington. Salem’s Seth Hobson had 100 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
Sizemore said the Senators’ only focus is a deep run in the playoffs. In the last two seasons, the Senators are 20-1, with the lone loss coming against Linton-Stockton last year in the regional final.
“It’s always nice to beat a rival, but our main goal is the tournament,” he said.
Charlestown 47, Eastern 0: Quarterback Brendan Lawler logged 296 total yards – 157 passing, 139 rushing – and had two touchdowns in a rout for the Pirates (8-1, 6-1 MSC) over the host Musketeers (2-7, 1-6). With its seventh straight win, Charlestown finished second in conference standings.
Antonyo Gaddie and Isaac Lukes rushed for 94 and 56 yards, respectively, for two touchdowns apiece. The Pirates totaled 606 yards on 62 plays.
Charlestown now moves forward to its sectional opener against North Harrison Friday at 7 p.m. The Pirates, set to host Friday’s matchup, handled the Cougars 48-14 in Week 4.
Brownstown’s Gavin Bane.
Brownstown 59, Corydon 29: The Braves (8-1, 7-0 MSC) clinched their 16th league crown in the past 24 years behind a rout of the Panthers (3-6, 2-5). It’s the 14th time in program history Brownstown has turned in an undefeated conference record.
Gavin Bane carried the ball 10 times for 102 yards and three touchdowns in addition to his 53 receiving yards and a score through the air.
The Braves welcome Brown County in their sectional opener next week and meet the winner of Salem at Corydon in the semifinals on Oct. 28.
Seymour 36, Madison 22: Alan Perry tallied four rushing touchdowns as the Owls (6-3, 5-2 HHC) shored up their No. 2 standing in the conference with a win over the Cubs (2-7, 1-6). The win marks Seymour sixth straight. The Owls topped Floyd Central, also 5-2 in conference play, earlier this season.
Perry hit the 1,000-yard rushing mark in Seymour’s season finale to go along with his 1,240 passing yards on the year. He accounted for 31 touchdowns – 20 rushing and 11 passing – for the Owls, who host Silver Creek in sectional play next week.
Seymour’s Alan Perry.
Columbus East 62, BNL 24: Cam Wilson returned the opening kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown, and the Olympians (8-1, 7-0 HHC) found the end zone on each of its first four possessions en route to a romp of the host Stars (4-5, 2-5). Columbus East extended its conference win streak to 70 with the victory.
The Class 5A No. 5 Olympians will travel to No. 2 New Palestine in the first round of sectional play next week – without their best defensive player. TC O’Neal was ejected Friday after a scuffle with a BNL player and must sit out one game, per IHSAA rules.
North Harrison 27, Paoli 12: The Cougars (7-2, 5-2 MSC) held on to a one-point lead at the end of the third quarter and used two late touchdowns to secure a win over the Rams (5-4, 4-3 PLAC).
Jaylen Peake rushed for 77 yards and a game’s final touchdown for North Harrison, who finished third in conference standings with the win. The Cougars get a shot at revenge in their sectional opener at Charlestown Friday.
Providence 61, Clarksville 6: The Pioneers (5-4) cruised early over the Generals (0-9, 0-7) behind a six-carry, 132-yard performance by Kaden Williams. Sam Conrad completed four of his five pass attempts for 119 yards and three touchdowns through the air – two to Micah Oberhausen.
Providence and Clarksville will meet again in the teams’ sectional opener next week. The winner will move on to host the winner between North Posey and Evansville Mater Dei, last year’s champ.
Silver Creek 41, Scottsburg 7: Brannon Russell paced the Dragons (5-4, 3-4 MSC) to a rout of the Warriors (4-4) with four touchdown runs of 32, 28, six and three yards, respectively. Hunter Myers recorded Scottsburg’s lone score – an 18-yard touchdown run.
Josh Landers and Elijah Bays added touchdown runs of one and 27 yards, respectively, for Silver Creek, which finished fifth in conference play and travels to Seymour in its first-round sectional matchup Friday at 7 p.m.
Cameron Northern, Jeffersonville: The senior orchestrated two fourth-quarter scoring drives to lift the Red Devils to a come-from-behind win over Jennings County, helped by an Ian Francisco forced fumble.
Gavin Bane, Brownstown: The senior totaled 155 yards and four touchdowns on 12 touches in a rout of Corydon to help lift the Braves to another conference crown.