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Record-setting night for Cougars

Record-setting night for Cougars
Record-setting night for Cougars
North Harrison's Corey Isaac scores the first of two touchdowns against West Washington Friday night. The sophomore finished the game with 48 yards on four carries before leaving the game with a knee injury. (Photo by Brian Smith)

Friday night, the North Harrison Cougars had a good time with their season debut under the lights in Campbellsburg. Ten touchdowns led to a school record in total points for a game, as the Cougars walloped the West Washington Senators 68-12.
‘We wanted to play with good effort, and I thought we did that,’ Cougar head coach Jason Mullis said. ‘You can’t fix effort, and I really thought our guys played hard.’
North Harrison (1-0) put out what their coach wanted for four solid quarters, overmatching the inexperienced Senator (0-1) football team. Senior Ty Brown anchored the stifling North Harrison defense that yielded -12 yards of West Washington’s offense in the first half. Brown logged 11 tackles, two for losses, and corralled Senator quarterback Martin Chastain for a pair of sacks.
‘I thought we were flying around the ball again,’ Mullis said of his defense.
The defense held Chastain to five of 18 passing for 19 yards as the junior was on the run most of the night.
Offensively, the 2007 Cougars put their name in the record books by scoring an eye-popping 68 points. It was the most points scored since the record was set with a 63-20 win on the same field against West Washington in 1982. Sophomore Corey Isaac led the first-quarter charge. After the opening kick-off, North Harrison executed its longest series of the night, a 57-yard, eight-play drive capped by a 14-yard Isaac touchdown run.
North Harrison scored with the first play on its next three offensive plays from scrimmage. After forcing West Washington to punt from the one-yard line, Isaac struck again, breaking several tackles before scampering 27 yards for his second score.
Star running back Bryan Schroeder got in on the action the next series, taking the first play 54 yards down the left sideline for a score. The next Cougar possession was a mirror-image of the previous score. Schroeder and the offense ran the same play for a touchdown on their next one-play series. Eleven offensive plays into the game and the Cougars were up 28-0 by the end of the first quarter.
Schroeder led the team in rushing with 207 yards on 10 carries and four trips to the end zone. He needs to average about 200 yards per game to reach the state career rushing record.
‘We could have probably ran him a lot more, but we’ll save that for later,’ Mullis said. ‘Our offensive line was creating some big holes out there. We feel like we can really run the football.’
After Josh Cheatham pounded in a two-yard score, his first of two scores, the Cougars created their first turnover of the season on defense. Facing a third-and-short, Michael Cundiff caused the Senators to cough it up, and Andrew Kitchel recovered the pigskin.
The first injury scare of the season came on the next Cougar play. Taking a run down the left side of the field, Isaac suffered a knee injury as he was brought down by the Senator defense. Prior to the injury, Isaac had 48 yards and two touchdowns on four carries.
‘He’s a good ball player,’ Mullis said. ‘He’s a tough kid for only being a sophomore. I just hope he’s all right.’
With Isaac out, freshman Matt Bruderle stepped into Isaac’s role on offense and flashed the future of Cougar football. When his number was called on his first offensive play, Bruderle ran past the defense 56 yards for a score.
On his second play from scrimmage, the freshman sensation sprinted 70 yards down the sideline, but when he stretched out for the goal line, he fumbled before he got there, resulting in a West Washington touchback.
‘He’s a 175-pound freshman, and he’s got some good speed to him,’ Mullis said. ‘He would have his first two varsity touchdowns on his first two plays but one was taken away.’
Mullis was impressed with Bruderle, but said he teaches his team not to stretch out for touchdowns. It was the effort of going for the score that Mullis appreciated. Bruderle finished with an outstanding 187 yards and two scores on six carries in his varsity debut. His final score was aided by a strong stiff-arm that drew praise from the sideline as he scampered 54 yards to the end zone.
West Washington scored a pair of touchdowns late in the fourth quarter, the first on a six-yard pass from Chastain to Josh Ross. The second came on another pass, this from Kendal Rosenbaum to Taylor Proffit from three yards out.
Overall, Mullis was pleased to get the first game and win out of the way.
‘There are a few injuries that we’re a little concerned about with Corey Isaac and Robert Grant, but we’ll be OK,’ he said.
Up next for the Cougars is their first home contest and it’s a big one. The Big Cat Classic invades Ramsey Friday night when rival Corydon Central comes to town. Corydon Central (0-1) dropped its opener to Class A No. 3 Perry Central 49-0.
‘It’s still a rivalry game,’ Mullis said. ‘We’re going to go in, watch film, fix what we can, then bring everything we have to the table. I don’t care if it is week two or week eight, we’re going to have to step up. Last year, we came in as heavy favorites and that game was a shoot out. We know they are going to be ready.’
Schroeder ran in the game-winning score with 12 seconds left last year, to give the Cougars a 47-43 win.
The game time has been changed to 8 p.m. due to the anticipated high temperatures.
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