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Quick strikes vault Clarksville

Quick strikes vault Clarksville
Quick strikes vault Clarksville
Dakota Cassell attempts to elude the tackle of several Clarksville defenders. (Photo by Ross Schulz)

STORY UPDATE: Thursday, Sept. 13, 3:30 p.m. Clarksville’s 40-6 victory over Corydon has been forfeited due to the use of an ineligible player. Clarksville athletic director Troy Mitchell said today that the Generals played a transfer on Friday night before they received his IHSAA transfer on Monday. The player is now eligible, however, Clarksville’s win has been overturned. The updated records for each team are now Corydon (2-2 overall, 2-1 in the Mid-Southern Conference); Clarksville (2-2, 1-2).
The game story follows:
The Corydon Panther football team caught another fired up Mid-Southern Conference foe coming off a loss and were down big before the first quarter ended Friday night.
Clarksville (3-1, 2-1), looking to get back in the win column after suffering its first loss of the season to Charlestown the week before, was unstoppable in the first half on its way to a 40-6 victory.
The Generals led the Panthers 27-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Corydon (1-3, 1-2) came out with a hurry-up, no-huddle approach on its first possession. The system seemed to be working as Corydon picked up a first down and moved into General’s territory after a completion from quarterback Nolan Brightman to Mat Carver for a 13-yard gain.
The Carver run after the catch was the last positive of the half on the offensive side for the Panthers. Corydon punted and, shortly after, Corey Schupp took it in for Clarksville at the 5:56 mark, beginning a barrage of points for the Generals. Clarksville would put 20 more points on the board in the first quarter, ending with a 74-yard touchdown hook up from quarterback Alex Knerr to Isiah Masters.
The Panthers went to sophomore quarterback Dylan Harl midway through the second quarter to try to jump start the offense. Brightman completed just 1 of 8 attempts for 14 yards and an interception. Harl fumbled on his first play, giving the ball back to Clarksville after the Generals fumbled inside the Corydon five-yard line. It took Clarksville two plays to score, and the Panthers blocked the extra-point attempt, ending the scoring for the half at 33-0.
The team’s offenses did little in the second half, with Corydon finally getting into the scoring column in the fourth quarter. Harl connected with Dakota Cassell for an 82-yard touchdown on a screen pass. Harl finished 10 of 22 for 181 yards but threw two interceptions and lost a fumble.
The Panthers will travel to Eastern (Pekin) on Friday for a conference clash with the Musketeers first-year program. The Corydon junior varsity program improved to 4-0 this week.