Panthers roll Ramblers, 55-13
Corydon Central senior Brandon Wood scored three touchdowns three different ways, and the Panthers rolled up 664 yards of all-purpose offense in a 55-13 thrashing of winless-Paoli on Friday night.
Wood scored on a reception, a rush and a punt return to become the first Corydon player to accomplish the feat since Eldon Seacat did it in 1971 against Scottsburg.
The contest began with Paoli stepping on Superman’s cape: following a muffed catch on the game’s opening kick, the 0-6 Rams scored on a run from seven yards out.
After that, the Panthers (4-2) poured on 55 unanswered points.
‘We controlled the line of scrimmage for most of the game after Paoli scored that first one. We felt like the defense should have stepped up there, but all in all I can’t be unhappy with the way we played,’ Corydon coach Jason Timberlake said.
The first score came on the first play following Paoli’s touchdown.
Corydon sophomore quarterback Josh Windell connected with Wood for a 63-yard bomb.
Freshman Chad Salomon kicked the first of seven PATs on the night to tie the game at 7-7.
Aaron Motsinger scored next on a three-yard jaunt, with Salomon missing his first extra point attempt of the year for a 13-7 advantage.
The final score of the first quarter came from Eric Fowler on a 20-yard run.
Wood found the end zone for the second time in the second frame on a 55-yard run.
Windell called his own number to close out the first half scoring, taking the ball in from 24 yards out for a 34-7 halftime advantage.
Fowler punched in his second score in the third period with a 36-yard run, followed by Wood’s 65-yard punt return.
Senior David Terhune hit paydirt in the final frame with a two-yard dive.
Paoli scored the game’s final points on a 50-yard pass play, with the kick being no good.
While he didn’t score, Kyle White led Corydon’s rushing attack with 120 yards on nine carries. Wood was second with 112 yards on six attempts.
Fowler took the ball four times for 60 yards.
Wood led the Panthers’ receivers with his TD reception that went for 63 yards. Eric Haub had two catches for 42 yards as well.
Defensively, Richie Snyder, who was moved to the linebacker position for Friday’s battle, took to the change in a big way: he had 10 tackles, four assists, three tackles for a loss and one sack.
That was great to see that he came in with the position change and had that good of a game.
David Terhune had eight takedowns, Eric Hoehn and Jason Ward each had seven tackles and Motsinger had six tackles with one sack.
The Panthers host a homecoming game against West Washington (5-1) on Friday.
‘One thing is for sure and that’s they’ll play hard every snap for the entire game,’ Timberlake said of his team’s next opponent. ‘They just don’t quit and our guys can’t take a break at any time.’
— Corydon has won the last three meetings with West Washington, after losing the previous eight.