Charlestown is bearing down on the high school football state record for points in a season.
The Pirates, 11-0 and ranked No. 2 in Class 3-A, lead the state in scoring at 59.8 points per game. They’ve scored 658 points this season, 153 short of the record 811 set by Sheridan in 1988.
That number is especially impressive considering the Pirates have played with a running clock in the second half of six games and have rested their starters for most of that time. They had a 49-0 lead on Corydon last week in the sectional semifinal and didn’t play star quarterback Aaron Daniel and his first-string weapons after intermission.
Mitchell’s coaching staff did not agree to have the clock run without interruption in the second half in the first round, and the result was an 82-0 Charlestown victory.
Charlestown has outscored its opponents 451-16 in the first half and 577-22 through three quarters.
“We always get pretty upset when we only get to play a half,” senior running back Seth McCutchen said. “It gets boring on the sideline. I can’t stand it. It reminds me of my freshman year when you don’t play much.”
Charlestown’s defense has been overshadowed by the offensive exploits, but that unit ranks fourth in the state by allowing only 6.3 points per game. The Pirates have surrendered only 13 points the past six weeks.
“It’s the best defense I’ve ever seen,” Daniel said. “Going against them every day in practice makes us better.”
Linebacker Matt Myers already set a school record with tackles in a game (24 against North Harrison), and lineman Desmond Wiley needs one sack to break the records for a single season (14, set by Daniel’s older brother Clay) and career (20, set by Jeff Brooks). Myers recovered three fumbles last week, one shy of the single-game state record.
Corydon coach Darin Ward, whose team suffered a 47-0 loss to the Pirates in the regular season and scored only in the fourth quarter against the second unit last week, was impressed.
“They’re an outstanding defense with a lot of speed, and they’re really physical,” he said.
Charlestown, bidding for its first sectional title since 1996, will visit Brownstown (10-1) Friday in the Sectional 23 final. The Pirates defeated the Braves 41-3 despite four turnovers on Aug. 24.
“Brownstown is a great team,” Charlestown coach Jason Hawkins said. “They’ve gotten a lot better. It’ll be interesting to see where we are from the beginning of the year and where they are.”
* Jeffersonville also set school records during last week’s win over Evansville North in the Class 5-A Sectional 8 semifinal. New marks were set by Ricky Embry (804 receiving yards), Fahuwu Momoh (46 PATs) and Dionte Allen (1,466 career receiving yards).
The Red Devils (8-3) will visit No. 3 Castle (11-0) in the sectional final on Friday.
* Jeffersonville has dropped its appeal of the forfeit loss to Madison for the use of an ineligible player on Sept. 7.
Tickets for the Class 2-A state final will be on sale at Providence in the main office and athletic office during school hours Wednesday and Thursday and until noon on Friday. Tickets are $10.
No. 2 Providence (35-4) will face No. 1 Wapahani (34-4 and the defending state champion) at 1 p.m. Saturday at Ball State University in Muncie.
Floyd Central’s Alex Martin, Justin Batliner and Drew Hussung, Charlestown’s Chris Braun, South Central’s Hunter Stark and Jeffersonville’s Jordy Rigsby competed in the fifth annual Senior All-Stars event Saturday at DePauw University.