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CC scores 4th sectional win in history

CC scores 4th sectional win in history
CC scores 4th sectional win in history
With sophomore Kyle White (24) and seniors Casey Tuchscherer (72) and Eric Hoehn (55) guiding his way, Corydon sophomore quarterback Josh Windell (19) works upfield against Greensburg in Friday night's Class 3A Sectional 23 opener. Tuchscherer is blocking the Pirates' Bobby Scudder on the sweep. (Photo by Alan Stewart)

Considering the past success of Corydon Central in the first round of the football sectional, any victory in the post-season is one to be cherished.
Since football kicked off at CCHS in the late 60s, there have been just four first-round wins: against Indian Creek in 1988, Pike Central in 1992, Rushville in 2002 and now, Greensburg in 2004.
While many of the Panthers felt like they could have and should have played better against Greensburg Friday night, they are able to do something that only one other Corydon team had accomplished in the history of the program: they won a first-round sectional game on the road.
The Panthers bounced back from a 7-0 deficit in the first quarter to defeat host Greensburg, 19-7, at Shriver Field.
It was Corydon’s first sectional victory since 2002 and only its fourth post-season win. The Panthers will go for another victory this Friday at home at 8 p.m. against Brown County (3-6), which got a first-round bye.
Corydon gave up only six first downs and less than 175 yards of offense in beating Greensburg. It was Corydon’s sixth straight win.
Offensively, the Panthers were clicking: They gained 25 first downs, were 12 of 19 on third-down conversions, rushed for 265 yards, and threw for 99 more.
Actually, Corydon should have had more than 300 yards rushing, but with just a few ticks remaining in the game, Kyle White ran 37 yards backwards to kill the clock.
The only blemish on an otherwise fine night by the visitors was that Corydon failed to score on three trips at or inside the red zone, and the club committed 12 penalties for 105 yards.
‘We missed on some opportunities, but I think it was one of those things where maybe we played a little bit not to lose,’ said first-year coach Jason Timberlake said. ‘We tried some field goals that were maybe a little bit out of our range and had some turnovers that killed some drives, but I don’t think those were things that Greensburg did to us as much as it was that we did it to ourselves. Both sides got hit with some questionable penalties, too.’
White rushed for 158 yards prior to his clock-killer, and Aaron Motsinger, one week removed from sitting out a game due to injury, ran for 64. Brandon Wood also returned from a one-week injury layoff to gain 46 yards on the ground.
Corydon’s passing game continued to gain respect, with David Bradstock hauling in four catches for 48 yards and Eric Haub pulling in three for 33 yards.
A large chunk of the Pirates’ (1-9) offense came on a 78-yard jaunt to the end zone by speedy junior halfback Tyler Houk with 6:07 left in the opening quarter.
Houk was hit twice in the backfield and nearly pulled down by Corydon junior linebacker Jason Ward. However, he pulled away and dashed around the left end, untouched the rest of the way to the end zone.
The Panthers (8-2) responded on their next drive with a 16-play, 75-yard march that stretched two plays into the second quarter.
A couple of long runs by Motsinger and White set up a 10-yard pass play from sophomore quarterback Josh Windell to Haub. Chad Saloman’s PAT kick tied the game at 7-7.
Greensburg’s next possession ended with an interception by Corydon’s Richie Snyder, and the Panthers put the ball in the end zone seven plays later on a one-yard plunge by White. Salomon’s extra-point attempt was blocked, but Corydon still led, 13-7.
The two clubs swapped possessions a couple of times the rest of the half and neither found the end zone. The score was 13-7 at the intermission.
Three plays into the second half, Greensburg quarterback Tyler Porter had to be carted off the field after dislocating his knee cap. Once the 20-minute delay was over, the Pirates promptly fumbled the ball and Corydon took over at its own 40.
White started the drive with a five-yard loss, then capped it with a 29-yard romp around the right end and to the end zone. A two-point conversion attempt failed, setting the contest at 19-7.
Two plays later, Greensburg committed its third turnover, with Corydon senior Eric Hoehn recovering a fumble at the Pirate 33. The Panthers’ drive stalled at the 13 as Salomon missed a 30-yard field goal attempt.
In the fourth quarter, Corydon stopped Greensburg’s longest drive ‘ which stretched from its own 40 to the Panthers’ 17 ‘ on an interception by White. The sophomore returned the ball from the 3-yard line to the 34.
Corydon burned out the clock to secured the victory.
‘It definitely wasn’t pretty, but at this point in the season, they don’t have to be. You have to just come out and do what needs to be done and win the game,’ Timberlake said.
‘I know the guys are upset that we didn’t take care of business like we should have and, frankly, I’m probably a little upset about that, too. But like I said, at this point, it’s one game at a time.’
Greensburg’s top offensive player was Houk, with 88 yards rushing. Spencer Storie caught two passes for 21 yards.
For the Panthers, Motsinger and David Terhune each had seven tackles, Snyder had five, and Anthony Mellado had four with two assists.
Terhune, Hoehn and Snyder all recovered fumbles.
‘Defensively, I have to say I’m pretty pleased,’ said Timberlake. ‘Outside of one run where we had the guy tackled and let him get away, we pretty much shut everything they did down.’