The Charlestown High School football team could have one of the most explosive offensive backfields in the state.
The Pirates ran just 10 plays in the first half, erupted for 30 points and 234 yards and blitzed visiting North Harrison 48-14 Friday night.
Charlestown (3-1, 2-1 Mid-Southern Conference) came into the game leading the state in total offense with 558 yards a game. The Pirates — who played their reserves in the fourth quarter — may slip a little after gaining just 416 yards. But coach Jason Hawkins couldn’t be happier.
“We’ve got some kids who can do some things with the ball in their hands,” Hawkins said. “The (offensive) line gives them a little space and they just go. … I was really pleased with how we played tonight.”
The explosion started in the first quarter.
GALLERY: Charlestown routs North Harrison
On Charlestown’s first play from scrimmage, senior running back Antonyo Gaddie took the handoff and darted 80 yards for the score.
“They’re as fast as any team I’ve coached against since I’ve been here,” North Harrison coach Mark Williamson said. “Their execution has sharpened up quite a bit since the Brownstown (game).”
After the Cougars (3-1, 2-1) finished a 14-play, 65-yard drive, Ben Waynescott added the kick and they led 7-6.
The North Harrison lead didn’t last long.
Four plays later – after the Cougars failed to convert on an onside kick – Gaddie ran for a second score, this one a 48-yard romp.
“Antonyo is a great running back,” Hawkins said. “Every time he touches it, he can go to the house.”
Gaddie ran just twice in the first half for 128 yards and finished with 151 yards on seven carries.
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On their next possession, it took the Pirates just three plays to score, capped by a 20-yard scamper by Anthony Malone. Malone finished with 149 yards on seven carries.
Charlestown added one defensive score as Bradley Laffoon picked up a Avery Blocker fumble and ran 60 yards.
In the second quarter, the Pirates scored three more touchdowns — a 43-yard run by Malone, a six-yard run by Lawler and a 55-yard pass from Lawler to Garrett Woods.
C – Antonyo Gaddie 80 run (run failed), 8:00
NH – Avery Blocker 1 run (Ben Waynescott kick), 1:35;
C- Gaddie 48 run (Brendan Lawler run);
C- Anthony Malone 20 run (Lawler run), 6:35
C- Bradley Laffoon 60 fumble recovery (Malone run), 3:09;
C- Garrett Woods 55 pass from Lawler (run failed), 10:55;
NH- Jake Troxell 24 pass from Blocker (Waynescott kick), 6:14;
C- Malone 43 run (run failed), 4:54.
C- Lawler 6 run (run failed); 0:32.