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Davis, NH have their way with Charlestown, 53-12

With another impressive display of power, speed and a miserly defense, North Harrison left its mark at Dutch Reis Field in Charlestown on Friday night.
The Cougars improved to 3-0 in its Mid-Southern Conference opener, whipping Charlestown in nearly every facet of the game, 53-12.
Senior running back Isaac Davis rushed for 189 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while junior back Bryan Schroeder ‘ who didn’t play for the first five minutes ‘ tacked on 163 yards with three scores and one PAT run.
‘Bryan is a phenonemal back, but Isaac Davis would probably be the starting tailback for nearly every school in the conference. Isaac was able to show that tonight and really stepped it up. Bryan was sick all week, so we didn’t want to throw him in there right at the beginning. Charlestown focused on Schroeder and Isaac was able to go off,’ North Harrison coach Jason Mullis said.
Also, senior quarterback Michael Dean became the Cougars’ all-time winningest QB with his 14th victory under center.
It was apparent from the get-go that the host Pirates’ (2-1, 0-1 M.S.C.) and its defense had no answer for Davis’ punishing power or Schroeder’s razzle-dazzle.
‘This was not a good one,’ Charlestown coach Jeff Purichia said. ‘We just had a total breakdown everywhere. Offense, defense, special teams, tackling, and we were getting beat up front. We were constantly giving them great field position. It wasn’t an X’s and O’s thing; we just weren’t ready to play.’
On the other side of the ball, Mullis had very little to complain about, outside of 11 penalties worth nearly 137 yards: ‘They are a good ball club. I think we just kind of shocked them. I don’t think they knew the strength we had up front. On film it’s hard to get a read on that.’
Neither team accomplished much on their opening possessions. That’s where the similarities between the two clubs ended.
After forcing Charletown’s second punt of the game, it took the Cougars just five plays to hit paydirt.
The opening play of the series was a 22-yard run by Davis, and was capped by a 13-yard romp by Schroeder, who also added the two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead.
Charlestown’s next possession lasted only two plays, after a pass from Andrew Smith to Steve Grayson was fumbled. North’s John Manship recovered on the Pirates’ 39-yard line.
On the Cougars’ first snap of the drive, quarterback Michael Dean handed off to Schroeder, who juked his way past several defenders and dashed 39 yards to the end zone. The PAT try failed, giving the visitors a 14-0 lead at the first break.
Thanks to its defense and a Charlestown turnover, North Harrison was able to build the advantage to 26-0 at the break.
The Pirates ventured into Cougar territory before Ty Brown picked off a pass at the 19-yard line.
On the next snap, Davis shook off several defenders ‘ at one point pulling three along the ground ‘ and rambled 81 yards for a 20-0 lead.
The Pirates went three and out, then North scored again.
Schroeder led off with a 36 yard run, followed by a seven-yard plunge by Davis. Josh Cheatham then took one in from 29 yards out, setting the halftime score at 26-0.
After another Davis touchdown run, this one from seven yards, Charlestown posted 12 unanswered points: quarterback Andrew Smith threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Stephen Grayson, then called his own number on a one-yard plunge.
The score at the end of three periods of action was 33-12.
For good measure, North Harrison tacked on three more scores in the final 10:22 of the game. Schroeder scored from seven yards out, Dean had a one-yard dive, and Schroeder ran one in from 58 yards away. Kicker John Becker booted a pair of extra points to set the final at 53-12.
Jacob Snook and Andrew Kitchel each had fumble recoveries, Chris Rawert led the winners with 13 tackles, and Ty Brown had two interceptions and forced a fumble.
Schroeder also racked up 99 yards on two kickoff returns.
‘This is conference. We don’t want to start off behind the 8-ball. They strapped it up and were ready to go,’ Mullis said of his team. ‘This is a special group that wants to do a lot of things. They don’t want to be satisfied with just a winning season. I thought we came out and showed our dominance a little bit and did a nice job.’
As for this Friday’s 7 p.m. contest at home against Paoli (0-3), North’s coach said the Cougars will approach the Rams like they will every opponent on the schedule.
‘They are a young ball club, we’ll see a different defense than what we see in the conference usually. We’re going to approach (Paoli) like we do everyone else. Every game this year, we’re taking one at a time,’ Mullis said.
The Rams haven’t won a game against North Harrison since the 2002 season. The Cougars are 5-7 against Paoli since 1994.
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