Chester lifts Charlestown over Corydon

Chester lifts Charlestown over Corydon

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Senior quarterback Tristan Chester passed for one touchdown and ran for another to lead the Charlestown Pirates to a 13-6 win over the host Corydon Panthers in a Mid-Southern Conference football game Friday night.

“He really showed some senior leadership,” Charlestown coach Darin Ward said of Chester.

Cold, wet conditions and plenty of penalties made for a ragged game in which defenses held sway – for much of the time. Two huge passes thrown by Chester made the difference.

Charlestown (6-1, 5-1 in the conference) came in ranked No. 15 in Class 3-A. For Corydon (5-2, 4-1), ranked No. 17, it was a big conference and class matchup.

“It was tough conditions, I’m happy to get the victory,” Ward said.

Leading by seven in the fourth quarter, the Pirates were facing fourth down and nine on the Corydon 25-yard line. Chester scrambled and connected with Cameron Hopson at the 3-yard line with 8:38 left in the game. On the next play, Chester went three yards to score. A missed two-point conversion left the Pirates on top 13-0.

Corydon, which struggled on offense all night, used a flurry of penalties called against Charlestown on the ensuing drive to fight back. In the red zone, a 12-yard Austin Kopp run reached the 1-yard line, and he then punched it in from there to make it 13-6 with 4:54 left.

The Panthers got the ball back one more time after an Eli Daniel punt put them on their own 2 with 2:41 left then gambled and turned it over.

After both teams sputtered early on offense, Charlestown got some big plays midway through the first quarter.

On third-and-five at the Pirates 34-yard line, Chester connected with Hunter Crace for an 18-yard pass to midfield.

Two plays later, Chester hit Garrett Woods with a 37-yard touchdown strike just as threatening clouds delivered a crush of cold rain. Jose Arredondo added the extra point, and the Pirates led 7-0 with 6:01 left in the first quarter.

That was the score midway through the second quarter when the host Panthers took advantage of good field position to put together a threatening drive.

Nine plays in, the Panthers had the ball at the 13, facing fourth-and-one. Kopp picked up four yards to give Corydon first-and- goal at the 9, but the drive stalled there.

A holding call on the Panthers, followed by a sack of quarterback Lannis Buck, had the Panthers facing second-and-goal at the 29. A short run and two incomplete passes later, the Pirates took over still holding a 7-0 lead.

Penalties, a total of 19 for 200 yards combined, poor conditions and good defense helped stymie the offenses after that, and it was a seven-point game until the fourth quarter.

Charlestown

7

0

0

6

13

Corydon

0

0

0

6

6

Charlestown – Tristan Chester 37 pass to Garrett Woods (Jose Arredondo kick); Charlestown – Chester 3 run (pass failed); Corydon – Austin Kopp 1 run (run failed).

Ctwn

Cory

Total yards

223

193

First downs

12

14

Rushes-yds.

37-121

43-171

Comp-Att-Int

6-18-2

5-15-1

Passing yards

102

22

Fumbles-lost

na

na

Penalties-yds.

11-115

8-85

Punts-avg.

na

na

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