Early scores propel Brownstown Central
The Corydon Central Panthers started slow and could not recover against Mid-Southern Conference rival Brownstown Friday night, falling 42-7.
The Braves’ usual potent rushing attack was complimented by a strong outing from quarterback Cam Cockerham, who was 10 of 18 for 205 yards. He also had two touchdowns, including a 74-yarder to junior Blaze Hurley in the first half. Brownstown’s ground game racked up 216 yards and accounted for two first quarter touchdowns to set the tone for the evening.
‘You could see on the first play our guys looked complacent,’ said head coach Jason Timberlake. ‘They (Brownstown) did whatever they wanted to.’
Brownstown (2-1, 1-1) totally shut down Corydon (1-2, 1-1) in the first half. The Panthers went three-and-out on their first two possessions but finally were able to move the ball in the second quarter. Fullback Mat Carver rumbled for a first down after receiving a pass from quarterback Nolan Brightman. Corydon moved into Brownstown territory with two more first downs before the drive was halted. Brightman connected with junior Steve Albin for the two first downs, including a highlight reel catch on an eight-yard gain by Albin.
The half ended with a quarterback intercepting a quarterback, as Cockerham picked off Brightman and returned it for a Brave touchdown to take a 35-0 lead into the locker room.
The Panthers played even with Brownstown in the second half. Neither team scored in the third quarter, and the Panthers finally got on the board in the fourth. Sophomore quarterback Dylan Harl came in and led the Panthers on the scoring drive. Harl got some help from senior wide receiver Nate Cecil with a spectacular diving catch after making an adjustment on the under thrown ball. Harl then found the endzone on the ground with 9:51 to play, and senior Chad Salomon added the extra point to make it 35-7.
The only other positives on the night included a 50-yard kick-off return by senior Jared Applegate, which gave the Panthers good field position, and sophomore reserve Michael Beauchamp had a solid run for a first down. Freshman quarterback Brandon Dunaway saw some action late in the game as well.
‘We ran the same plays this week that we did last week (in the win against North Harrison); the only difference was effort,’ said Timberlake.
Timberlake credited Brownstown for the sluggish performance.
‘They kept us guessing,’ he said. ‘They had nice line stunts and forced us to play slow.’
Corydon travels to Clarksville (2-1, 1-1) for a 7 p.m. game Friday. Clarksville is coming off a 21-6 loss to Charlestown. Clarksville finished the season on top of the MSC last year.
‘We just have to come back and work hard, and give it our all next week,’ said senior Mat Carver.
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