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Rivals set to slug it out Friday night in Ramsey

North Harrison will likely have revenge on its mind on Friday night when it hosts cross-county rival Corydon Central in an 8 p.m. kickoff of the 28th annual Big Cat Classic.
The Cougars (4-3), who have lost their past two games to effectively fall out of the chase for their first Mid-Southern Conference championship, were throttled by 24 points last year (30-6). The prior two seasons, North was outscored 104-0 (64-0 and 40-0, respectively.
The last time North Harrison landed a win over its arch-enemy came in 2001, when it churned out a 13-6 triumph.
Corydon’s three-game win streak against North may likely come to an end on Friday, as the squad has struggled to an 0-7 record this year.
Interestingly, over the past 10 seasons and including the playoffs, the series has been incredibly even, with each club winning six games apiece.
Overall, North leads the series 19-10 and the Big Cat series 17-10. In eight of the past nine years, the losing team has not scored more than one touchdown.
The Cougars will likely give Corydon a heavy dose of ground attack, mainly in the form of the state’s second leading rusher, sophomore Bryan Schroeder,
Through seven games, the 5-11, 205-lb. Schroeder has amassed 1,553 yards on 118 rushes (13.16 ypc) with 19 touchdowns, three two-point conversions and has four catches for 114 yards with a score.
But, as head coach Jason Mullis is always quick to point out, the Cougars are more than just Bryan Schroeder.
For starters, there’s Isaac Davis, who has gained 587 yards on 47 carries with two touchdowns.
Brenden Zellers, who missed several games with an ankle injury, has gained 80 yards on 13 carries and Geno Hedgespeth has tacked on 49 yards on 12 tries.
North’s quarterback is Michael Dean, who has gained 76 yards rushing to go along with 16 of 46 passing for 347 yards and two touchdowns.
The receiving corps is led by Schroeder (4-114 yards), Davis (4-83 yards) and Wes Kirk (3-57 yards).
On Corydon’s side, for the second week the Panthers will be without the services of two of its star players due to violation of team rules: quarterback Josh Windell and running back Kyle White.
Freshman signal-caller Richard Armstrong will again be tabbed the starter while its expected that the combination of Kenny Nickels and Billy Saulman will fill White’s shoes in the backfield.
They’ll join the likes of Mat Carver and Jason Ward on handoffs.
In the receiving department, the recent efforts of tight end Shaun Walker has Panther fans buzzing.
Over the past two games, Walker has pulled in 12 catches worth 191 yards.

BIG CAT CLASSIC SERIES
2004 ‘ Corydon 30, N.H. 6
2003 ‘ Corydon 64, N.H. 0
2002 ‘ Corydon 40, N.H. 0
2001 ‘ N.H. 13, Corydon 6
2000 ‘ N.H. 27, Corydon 0
1999 ‘ N.H. 27, Corydon 0
1998 ‘ Corydon 31, N.H. 8
1997 ‘ Corydon 39, N.H. 12 (Note: Corydon would later have to forfeit the game for using an ineligible player)
1996 ‘ N.H. 20, Corydon 8
1995 ‘ Corydon 32, N.H. 26
1994 ‘ N.H. 21, Corydon 18
1993 ‘ N.H. 18, Corydon 13
1992 ‘ Corydon 21, N.H. 0
1991 ‘ N.H. 33, Corydon 20
1990 ‘ N.H. 41, Corydon 6
1989 ‘ N.H. 26, Corydon 8
1988 ‘ N.H. 38, Corydon 20
1987 ‘ N.H. 15, Corydon 7
1986 ‘ N.H. 33, Corydon 16
1985 ‘ N.H. 23, Corydon 0
1984 ‘ Corydon 46, N.H. 20
1983 ‘ Corydon 23, N.H. 6
1982 ‘ Corydon 36, N.H. 28
1981 ‘ N.H. 28, Corydon 17
1980 ‘ N.H. 20, Corydon 8
1979 ‘ N.H. 6, Corydon 0
1978 ‘ Corydon 22, N.H. 13

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