After letting a late lead slip away at Seymour in Week 4, the Highlanders turned in a commanding performance in the form of a 35-7 home win over Jeffersonville – marking the Red Devils’ first Hoosier Hills Conference loss while Floyd Central improved to 3-2 and 2-1 in league play.
The Highlanders controlled time of possession, running 63 plays – 57 on the ground – for 357 total yards compared to 30 plays for 134 yards for Jeffersonville (3-2, 3-1). Floyd Central’s defense, unsurprisingly, was stout. Of the Red Devils’ seven possessions, five ended in either a three-and-out or a turnover.
It was a timely showing for the Highlanders, who host conference juggernaut Columbus East next week.
“We’re going to celebrate this one,” coach Brian Glesing said. “These kind of wins don’t come around very often. … Come Saturday, we’ll get ready for East.”
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Floyd Central’s offensive line was masterful, keeping Jeffersonville pass-rushers in check while the Highlanders pounded the ball for 19 first downs and 307 yards rushing.
“O-Line did great, knocked them off the ball,” Glesing said. “Great performance. Hats off to them. They’re a great unit – lot of experience there. Didn’t envision it this bad, but that’s what we wanted. We wanted to be able to run the ball, and we did that.”
Jeffersonville junior running back Kameron Fuller returned the second half’s opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown to put the Red Devils on the board and spoil the Highlanders’ attempt at a shutout.
“Our best game we’ve played in a couple years,” Glesing said. “Offense, defense – except maybe for our kickoff coverage.”
Lawler, Pirates avoid upset with strong second half: Charlestown senior quarterback Brendan Lawler made his presence felt early and often Friday, tallying first-half touchdown runs of 66 and 45 yards, respectively, en route to an impressive statistical performance. It was Silver Creek, though, that took an early lead and a 14-12 advantage into halftime.
Lawler’s defense regained the lead for the Pirates via an 18-yard interception-return touchdown with just over eight minutes remaining in the second quarter. A 35-yard strike from Lawler to senior Garrett Woods with one second left in the third then closed scoring.
Charlestown moved to 4-1 and 3-1 in Mid-Southern Conference play and remained at No. 2 in the standings with the win. Silver Creek, still just a five-year-old program, fell to 3-2 and 2-2.
Lawler finished with 240 yards rushing and 125 through the air for four total touchdowns – two rushing, one passing and one on the interception return. He also tossed two interceptions of his own. Charlestown’s defense held Silver Creek to just 209 yards of total offense, 119 on the ground.
Olympians too much for young Bulldogs: Columbus East continued its dominance against HHC opposition with a 56-15 drubbing of host New Albany (3-2, 2-1) Friday night. The Olympians (4-1, 3-0) haven’t lost to a conference team since a 33-30 loss at Bedford North Lawrence in 2006. Leading 42-7 at the break, Columbus East sat its starters in the second half.
“We’re a young team; we’re beat up,” New Albany coach Sean Coultis said. “They’re a good team. But we can beat these guys. We’re just not there yet.
“We have a 24-hour relay – win or lose – to enjoy it or feel badly. I told them they can feel like crap for 24 hours. Monday, we’re going to forget about it and move on. We have a chance to go 4-2 next week against Madison.”
Darquan Richardson, New Albany’s star running back, didn’t have much room to roam. The dynamic junior was held to 64 yards on 15 carries.
Williams’ big night lifts Pioneers to shutout: Sophomore running back Kaden Williams recorded another impressive performance as Providence (2-3) shut out visiting Indianapolis Manual 48-0. Williams carried the ball just 12 times for 159 yards and three total touchdowns – a 40-yard run, a 50-yard interception return and a 57-yard punt returned for a score – after a 240-yard performance a week ago. The sophomore totaled well over 250 all-purpose yards. Senior quarterback Sam Conrad threw three touchdown passes for the Pioneers.
Second-half rally keeps Braves unbeaten: Brownstown improved to 5-0 and 4-0 in Mid-Southern play with a 35-9 win over North Harrison (3-2, 2-2) despite trailing at halftime. The Braves’ deficit was 7-6 at the break, as a Brownstown fumble was returned for a touchdown while the Braves’ conversion on a touchdown run by senior Devin Stuckwisch failed.
Nevertheless, touchdown runs by Stuckwisch, senior Gavin Bane – an 80-yard dash – and senior Kyle Kramer then gave Brownstown a 28-9 lead barely into the fourth quarter en route to the final score.
Owls escape with win at Bedford North Lawrence: Seymour earned its second straight win behind yet another nail-biting finish. The Owls (2-3, 2-2 HHC) outlasted BNL (2-3, 0-3) 44-38 via 16 four-quarter points and a late stand on defense.
The win marks Seymour’s first win over BNL since 2005. Senior quarterback Alan Perry carried the ball 29 times for 137 yards and three touchdowns on the ground while adding one through the air. Senior running back Zach Carpenter added 114 yards rushing.
Cubs capture Railroad Trophy: For the second time in three years, the Railroad Trophy is coming back to Madison. The Cubs improved to 2-3 and 1-2 in HHC play with a 22-6 win over rival Jennings County (0-5, 0-3). The two counties, 22 miles apart, are connected by railroads. Senior running back Gabe Stoll totaled two touchdowns for Madison, including an 85-yard scamper.
Panthers win again behind Kopp’s 4 TDs: Corydon (2-3, 2-2 MSC) nabbed its second consecutive victory Friday by way of a 52-22 rout of Eastern (1-4, 1-3 MSC). Senior running back Austin Kopp totaled 249 yards and four touchdowns – two rushing and two receiving. Senior quarterback Alex Saulman completed 14 of 24 attempts for 304 yards and four touchdowns.
Lions hand Clarksville 20th straight loss: Senior quarterback Seth Hobson completed five of his seven attempts for 199 yards, four touchdowns and an interception for Salem (3-2, 2-2 MSC) in a 48-6 win over Clarksville (0-5, 0-4 MSC). Da’Shawn Baker carried the ball 37 times for 131 yards and a touchdown for Clarksville, which lost its 20th consecutive game dating back to the 2014 season.
McPheeters, Sizemore pace Senators to rout: Class 1A No. 4 West Washington (5-0, 4-0 Patoka) totaled 515 yards of total offense and cruised to a 34-0 win over Paoli (2-3, 2-1). Senior running back Landon McPheeters rushed for two touchdowns and senior quarterback Michael Sizemore added two through the air.
Floyd Central backfield: Five Highlanders, behind a strong performance from the offensive line, carried the ball at least six times and totaled 307 yards and five touchdowns – two by senior Colt May and one each from juniors Devon Stikes, Jason Cundiff and Matthew Weimer.
Brendan Lawler, Charlestown: The senior tallied 240 rushing yards and four total touchdowns – two rushing, one passing and an interception return – to lift the Pirates to a come-from-behind win over Silver Creek.