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Panthers win rain-shortened game, 21-0

Corydon Central’s football team won a two-day, rain-shortened battle against Paoli on Saturday afternoon, 21-0.
Rain and heavy lightning pushed the affair from Friday. The contest was moved to Saturday at 11:30 a.m., but with additional heavy rain and the threat of severe weather looming, was pushed up to an 11:15 start time.
On its opening possession, Corydon (3-3) converted a couple of key third-down plays en route to a score with 6:52 showing on a Richard Armstrong pass to Kyle White. The first of Chad Salomon’s three successful PAT kicks put the Panthers ahead, 7-0.
White had an interception to end Paoli’s first possession, however Corydon was unable to capitalize after the Rams (0-6) returned the favor.
In the second quarter, senior quarterback Josh Windell ran a draw play 56 yards down the right hash mark to push the lead to 14-0.
Just before halftime, Paoli fumbled the ball on an exchange between center and quarterback at Corydon’s 43 yard line.
The Panthers mounted a charge to the end zone, capped by a one-yard plunge by Mat Carver.
Corydon was driving in the third quarter before a bolt of lightning sent players and fans to the locker room. The decision was made to end the game, with Corydon on top, 21-0, with 7:48 left in the period.
The Panthers held the hosts to just 41 yards of total offense and two first downs. Corydon, which racked up 242 yards of offense utilized its running game to turn back the Rams.
Dustin Dones had 77 yards on 13 carries to lead the Panthers, who recorded their first shutout since blanking North Harrison in 2003, 64-0.
The last time a Corydon game was shortened due to inclement weather was in 2001, when visiting Brownstown was declared the winner after leading, 33-0.
Corydon Central returns to action Friday night in a homecoming game against West Washington (2-3). Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
The Senators were involved in one of four games to be canceled by the IHSAA on Monday, having their affair against Springs Valley wiped from the schedule.

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