North Harrison rushing attack strong in shutout win over Corydon

North Harrison rushing attack strong in shutout win over Corydon


North Harrison rushing attack strong in shutout win over Corydon


North Harrison proved last year’s undefeated regular season was no fluke by smothering county rival Corydon 49-0 Friday night in The Big Cat Classic.

The Cougars (2-0, 1-0 Mid-Southern) now have won 10 straight regular season games.

As they did last year, the Cougars pounded the ball between the tackles and amassed 396 yards. They were led by junior Brett Rudolph’s 109 yards.

In the last half, North Harrison went to junior Kohona Wilks, who quickly piled up 94 yards.

Austin Kopp, The Courier-Journal’s Player of the Year last season when he gained more than 2,000 yards on the ground, couldn’t penetrate the end zone and was held to 110 yards on 19 carries.

Rudolph handed out most of the damage as the Cougars built a commanding 35-0 first-half cushion. Rudolph amassed 80 yards on the ground in the first half, scoring on runs of 27, 3 and 4 yards.

“We kind of started out a little slowly,” said North Harrison coach Mark Williamson, whose team got rolling in the second quarter. “All in all, it was a real clean game by the Cougars. We kind of wore them down and imposed our will. … We just pushed them off the football. I’m sure I could’ve run for a few yards tonight.”

GALLERY: Corydon at North Harrison

“We were wearing them down on offense and defense,” Rudolph said. “It feels real good. … I love those (Corydon) guys. I know them very well.”

Corydon lost three fumbles in the first half and two of those came in the last five minutes of the second quarter, giving North Harrison a short field.

“We haven’t been practiced well,” said Corydon coach Andrew Smith. “We played the way we practiced. . . It was physicality. They were bringing it and we weren’t bringing enough back.”

Corydon should improve

By the end of the season, Williamson said Corydon will be much improved.

“They’ve got a lot of talent over there,” Williamson said.

The Panthers (0-2, 0-1) also had nine players who had to play both ways in the extreme heat at North Harrison.

“Come tournament time when the weather breaks, Corydon could be a whole different team,” Williamson said. “I feel like we beat a really good team (tonight). That team traveled to Southridge and played them toe to toe for four quarters.”

Corydon’s Smith said he will take the positive approach as the Panthers regroup in Monday’s practice.

“We’ve just got to get back to work,” Smith said. “I still think we’re too talented to have this result and fold our tent. It’s just a challenge. How do you respond to the challenge.

Williamson isn’t happy about fumbles

The Cougars fumbled three times and lost one of those. In two games, North Harrison has coughed it up twice.

“That’s about what we had last year,” he said of the two lost fumbles. “We work too hard in ball security for that. Our drills aren’t going to change. We’ll still be doing the same things.”

Corydon 0 0 0 0 0
North Harrison 7 28 7 7 49

First Quarter

NH- Brett Rudolph 27 run (Ben Waynescott kick), 5:16

Second Quarter

NH- Jake Harley 35 run (Waynescott kick), 11:50

NH- Harley 27 pass from Avery Blocker (run failed), 5:35

NH- Rudolph 3 run (Rudolph run), 2:47

NH- Rudolph 4 run (Waynescott kick), 1:22

Third Quarter

NH- Kohona Wilks 8 run (Waynescott kick), 5:17

Fourth Quarter

NH- Chase Johnson 1 run (Waynescott kick), 3:08


First Downs  7/21

Rushes-yards 32-115/50-396

Passing 2-4-0/2-2-0

Passing yards 15/32

Total yards 130/428

Fumbles-lost 4-3/3-1

Penalties-yards 3-25/5-40

Punts-Avg. 5-26.0/1-36.0


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