“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.”
NH- Brett Rudolph 27 run (Ben Waynescott kick), 5:16
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
NH- Kohona Wilks 8 run (Waynescott kick), 5:17
NH- Chase Johnson 1 run (Waynescott kick), 3:08
First Downs 7/21
Passing yards 15/32
Total yards 130/428