CC mauls Mitchell on a record-breaking night
Corydon Central’s football team doubled its win total from a year ago as seniors Josh Windell and Kyle White chalked up record-breaking efforts on Friday evening here.
The Panthers (2-3) scored the first 21 points of the game and never looked back in a 42-12 thrashing of Mitchell.
Windell was 12 of 19 for 271 yards, setting a new school record that had stood since 1968. The former mark of 258 yards was set by Steve Hurst.
Coupled with 11 yards rushing, Windell climbed to No. 5 on the program’s list for all-purpose yards in a game.
White’s evening was equally impressive as he broke a one-year-old record set by Billy Saulman last year, catching eight passes for 182 yards. It was his second 100-yard performance of the season, which had never been done before at Corydon Central.
‘The first half, things were clicking,’ Corydon coach Jason Timberlake said. ‘We scored in every quarter, which was nice. We came out and went up 21-0, then put together a strong second half. That’s something as coaches that we’re proud of.’
After Mitchell’s opening drive ate much of the first-quarter clock, Corydon’s defense forced a turnover on downs.
Eight plays later, Windell connected with White, who scooted 52 yards to the end zone. Chad Salomon kicked the first of six successful extra points for a 7-0 lead with 27 seconds left in the first quarter.
The Panthers’ first drive of the second period ended with a Mat Carver run from a yard out. A short time later, Windell and senior wideout Sean Eastridge hooked up for a 29-yard pass reception for a 21-0 lead at the break.
The third quarter proved to be a bit of a stumbling block for Corydon as it turned the ball over twice in as many possessions.
Mitchell finally broke through with 2:23 showing as Jarrod Randolph had a 22-yard romp to trim the deficit to 21-6.
The Panthers were still able to punch across a score in the third with 1:34 showing as the battery of Windell and White worked their magic, this time from 59 yards out.
Mitchell quarterback Mark Pike found Jon Box open for a 44-yard touchdown to kick off the final stanza, but the Bluejackets (1-4) were held scoreless the rest of the way.
Corydon’s final trips to the end zone came on a three-yard run by Dustin Dones, and on a two-yard dive by Andrew Hunter.
Defensively for the Panthers, Carver recorded nine tackles with four assists, Julian Robinson had seven tackles with a solo assist, Richard Armstrong had six tackles with five assists, and Josh Newton and Sean Conway each recovered fumbles.
‘Tonight, it seemed like we were always able to come up with something,’ Timberlake said. ‘Kyle out in the flat made some nice moves, and Josh, all of his passes were right on the money. The receivers made nice plays and Dones had one of his best nights running the ball. We’re happy with all of that stuff.’
Corydon travels to winless Paoli (0-5) on Friday in a 7 p.m. kickoff.
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