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September 25, 2013 | 10:52 AM
The North Harrison Cougars couldn't find the end zone Friday night in Ramsey versus Mid-Southern Conference rival and powerhouse Brownstown Central, but it did hold the Braves to its lowest point total — 28 — against North Harrison since at least 1994. It also marked the fewest amount of points the Braves have put up this season. In its four previous games, Brownstown Central scored at least 40 points and won by an average of 46.
It had to settle for a 28-0 victory Friday.
Part of the low-scoring could be due in part to the monsoon-like conditions throughout the majority of the first half, but the Cougars did come up with multiple third- and fourth-down stops throughout the game and a couple forced turnovers to keep the score reasonable.
The Cougars (1-4, 0-4) moved the ball well on the opening drive of the game, marching well into the Braves territory to the 29-yard line before giving the ball up on downs.
Brownstown Central (5-0, 4-0) took over and methodically moved down the field, mostly on the ground, and scored with 3:10 remaining in the quarter by way of a Justin Donnells run.
The Cougars again advanced the ball on the ensuing possession through the air for two first downs from quarterback Jack Phelps to Mason Miller and Joseph Hinton before stalling out around midfield.
Brownstown's next possession, played in the heaviest rain of the night, included a long pass from Clay Brown to Jacob Wilson for a 45-yard gain. Donnells would again punch it in for the touchdown for the visitors, who took a 14-0 lead with seven minutes remaining in the half.
Good defensive penetration caused a North Harrison fumble on its next drive, which led to a final touchdown of the half for Brownstown, this time by way of C. Wischmeier.
Brownstown surprisingly, especially given the rainy conditions, did quite a bit of damage through the air. Brown was 9 of 10 for 120 yards in the first half, and finished 17 of 25 for 209 yards.
In the second half, the Cougars defense forced two Brownstown turnovers, but it also had one more turnover (three on the night) and couldn't get anything going offensively on the tough Brownstown Central defense.
The final score for Brownstown was through the air from Brown to Kyle Jensen, completing the final 28-0 margin.
The MVP for North Harrison may have been the field, which held up nicely through the downpour.
"Our field is in great shape; it was just a wet ball," North Harrison coach Mark Williamson said. "They handled the ball, as you saw, and we didn't. It made a difference in the game. They handled it better than we did. We were fumbling snaps, couldn't even get the ball off; it got pretty ugly there.
But as far as the field goes, it had no bearing on the play. They were able to throw it in this stuff and do whatever they wanted."
The Bermuda grass field was put in place few years ago.
"They're a good football team; they're worthy of whatever they're ranked," Williamson said. "I know they're top 10 in 3A."
The Cougars, who have now gone six quarters without scoring, look to change that Friday on the road against conference foe Eastern (Pekin).
"Hopefully, we can get on a roll," Williamson said.
Brownstown Central, which stands atop the conference at 4-0 with Corydon Central, will step out of conference play for a tilt at 4A Seymour.