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No masterpiece, but Corydon rolls, 21-0

No masterpiece, but Corydon rolls, 21-0
No masterpiece, but Corydon rolls, 21-0
Corydon Central freshman quarterback Josh Windell gazed downfield for an open receiver in Friday night's 21-0 victory over West Washington. Windell completed the longest pass of his high school career when Zach Robson caught a screen and dashed 70 yards for a score in the first quarter. (Photo by Alan Stewart)

Not every painting by Picasso or Monet is considered a masterpiece. While still greatly appreciated because of the artist, some prints by the two virtuosos simply don’t match up to other works.
The same can be said of the latest victory by Corydon Central’s football team, which is ranked 8th in Class 3A in the latest Associated Press state-wide polls.
In the first nippy autumn evening of the football season, the Panthers only churned out 266 yards of total offense, gained just seven first downs (only two in the second half), and found the end zone just three times in their win over West Washington at Art Sanders Field in Campbellsburg.
But Corydon also pitched its second shutout of the season, gained 81 yards on just two passes, and picked up five Senators turnovers en route to a 21-0 triumph.
‘They played man coverage and hammered eight and nine guys in the box against us,’ Corydon coach Darin Ward said. ‘My biggest thing is that you want your offense and your lineman to get into a rhythm, and when you don’t complete your plays properly, you are looking at second or third and long. And we’re a lot better when it’s second and three yards or third and two yards. We’re a definitely better football team than we showed, but we still had plenty of effort out there.’
The only score Corydon (6-1) needed came with just under three minutes left in the first period.
The Panthers called on the arm of freshman quarterback Josh Windell, who connected with Zach Robson on a halfback screen on third down. Windell, who was off balance, lobbed the ball just past the outstretched hands of a Senator defender and into the waiting arms of Robson, who turned on the jets and cruised 70 yards for the score.
Ace kicker Brent Salomon blasted the PAT for a 7-0 lead, which held up through the end of the half.
Of West Washington’s six first-half possessions, three ended in turnovers, two were lost via punting, and the last possession ended because it was the end of the quarter.
Robson and Corey Thatcher picked off the first two passes by Senators (3-4) quarterback Ryan Kemp.
‘Thatcher made a great pick on his play,’ Ward said. ‘That was a great play on his part. He was in man coverage, and to see the receiver and turn back the other way to make the catch is a big-time play.’
West Washington opened the third period with a nine-play drive that ate up almost half of the quarter. The Senators’ offense ran out of steam, however, and was forced to punt.
Three plays later, Robson bounced around left end and rambled 40 yards to the end zone. Salomon’s kick set the score at 14-0.
West Washington’s misfortunes continued on the kickoff: Salomon booted one deep, and the ball, made slick by a cold drizzle that started at halftime, squirted through the arms of the deep man, senior Johnny Niece, and out of bounds at the hosts’ 3-yard-line.
West Washington got the ball out near the 20, but back-to-back penalties forced a punt from the Senators’ 16.
On the next play from scrimmage, Thatcher zigged left, dashed right and was off on a 44-yard jaunt for what would be the final touchdown of the game.
‘Three plays, took it down the field and we got a little attitude offensively, and then Corey had that long run,’ Ward said. ‘(The Senators) controlled the ball most of the night. When the other team has the ball like they did, and you don’t have it, you start to get all antsy and nervous. All of a sudden you look up at the scoreboard and there’s two minutes left in the quarter and you think, ‘Where’d all that time go?’
‘It’s a good win and a good shutout for our defense. They aren’t a bad football team.’
West Washington tried to get on the board late in the fourth quarter when Corydon got called for a hold and had a couple of plays go for negative yards.
Faced with a fourth-and-27, the Panthers elected to punt from their own end zone.
Niece had the pigskin slide through his grasp again, and Robson recovered at the 33 to end the threat.
West Washington gained nine first downs, but also had five turnovers in the contest.
Corydon rushed the ball 35 times for 185 yards. Thatcher had 19 carries for 106 yards, and Robson had 13 for 87. The hosts ran it 42 times for 112 yards, with Dylan Conrad taking a brunt of the load with 32 attempts and 86 yards.
The Panthers were hit with six penalties for 40 yards, and West Washington had three infractions for a total of 20 yards.