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Braves blank Corydon, again, 23-0

For three quarters of Friday night’s highly anticipated Mid-Southern Conference matchup between unbeaten Corydon Central and Brownstown Central, the visiting Panthers proved that they’d come a long way since last year’s 33-0 shutout (which was called at halftime due to heavy rain) and even further from their 70-0 annihilation at the hand of the Braves in 2000.
At the time, the hosts led just 7-0, and the outcome was still very much in question. But in the fourth quarter, whatever fuel that had powered Corydon suddenly ran out.
Jacoby Hines bounced off several tacklers and took the ball in from nine yards out to set the score at 13-0 and then caught a pass from Brandon Allman to deflate Corydon. Hines added a 27-yard touchdown a few minutes later, and Jerad Garrett added the two-point conversion run to set the final score at 23-0 at Brownstown’s James T. Blevins Stadium.
Corydon saw its three-game winning streak come to an end. Brownstown pushed its regular season consecutive-win total to 32 games.
The Panthers (3-1, 2-1 M.S.C.) managed just 119 yards of total offense, including just 79 in the first half. They had three turnovers and were as bad offensively as they were good defensively.
The Panthers gained only five first downs and fumbled twice. Brownstown rolled its way for 18 first downs, had two fumbles, but racked up 335 yards of offense.
Corydon Coach Darin Ward told his team all week that execution and limiting turnovers would be the keys to winning its fourth consecutive game.
“They just kicked our butt in the first half up front. (Brownstown) lined up where we wanted them to line up, and we knew what they were going to do, and it was just a matter of putting a hat on a hat and that type of thing. They just beat us the whole first half,” Ward said. “They were just a better football team.
“I’m kind of shocked. I thought we’d play better. I know we were pretty banged up, but I expected a lot more from our players.”
Brownstown’s first score came with 6:28 left in the first frame when Hines left some spectators wondering if his jersey was made of Teflon: he shook off no less than six defenders and zig-zagged his way to the end zone from 33 yards out. Matt Wilson added the conversion kick for a 7-0 Braves (4-0, 2-0 M.S.C.) lead.
Corydon’s only legitimate scoring opportunity came at the end of the first quarter.
After Zac Robson picked off Brownstown’s Allman at the Braves’ 49-yard line, the Panthers moved the ball to the 20 before stalling on downs.
From there, Corydon never got the ball across the 50.
Offensively, Corey Thatcher led the way for the Panthers with 53 yards of rushing — his lowest output this season. Robson had four carries for 35 yards, and Jon Windell gained 22 yards.
Brownstown was paced by Hines’ 174-yard night.
“I felt like with the health we were at that we’d still do some things effectively. It’s tough to play Brownstown. Until you can get a program that can beat them or just really step up and play with them, it’s always going to be a mental thing for people to compete with them,” Ward said.
“We played decent in that third quarter, defensively. The offense turned the ball over twice in the red zone, and we came out and held them and kept them from getting anything out of it. It was just a matter of time before the defense finally gave way because the offense wasn’t getting anything done. Defensively, besides the missed tackles that we had, I thought we were okay.”
This Friday night at 8, the Panthers return to friendly territory for a Homecoming Game against Mitchell.
“(Mitchell) likes to throw it, use single back sets, trips, no back sets,” Ward explained. “They like to throw it all around the football field. The way we are beat up up front, we’ll probably be better off against a team that wants to throw it a little bit. We can take a defensive tackle out and put in an extra linebacker or another safety in the game.
“We just have to come out, regroup and have a good week of practice. We went up to Mitchell’s place last year and really controlled the game by running the football, and I don’t see any reason why we can’t do that again this year.”

Game notes: Brownstown has outscored its opponents 121-7. Springs Valley is the only team to hit paydirt against the Braves’ defense … The last time Corydon Central was shut out was last season’s 21-0 sectional loss to Batesville … Neither team was efficient on third down: Corydon was 2-10 while Brownstown was 5-14 … Braves’ last five scores against Corydon have been 23-0, 33-0, 70-0, 73-7 and 45-0; a difference of 244-7 … The Panthers fell out of the IFCA poll with their loss to Brownstown … Brownstown travels to Salem Friday for a conference matchup that would basically clinch the M.S.C. crown for the Braves should they win (it’d be their 8th-straight M.S.C. title) … Homecoming festivities at Corydon will be held at 7:30 p.m. prior to the start of the game against Mitchell.

Jayvee shuts
down Senators

Corydon’s JV unit tripped up WW, 22-8, on Monday night.
Eric Fowler scored in the first quarter on an 8-yard run, with Will Heitkemper adding a two-point run. Heitkemper scored again on a 3-yard plunge, with Brandon Wood tacking on the two-point run.
Wrapping up the scoring for Corydon was Wood’s 59-yard punt return, which was the second week in a row that he’s accomplished the feat.
The Senators snapped the shutout in the fourth quarter on a 2-yard dive.
Corydon rushed for 168 yards on 33 carries behind the offensive line of Miles Mathews, Daniel Cook, Richie Snyder, John Huff and Jeremy Hedden.
Defensively, the Panthers were led by Tyler Williams, who had 11 tackles and one interception.