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Generals turn lights out on Cougars

Generals turn lights out on Cougars
Generals turn lights out on Cougars
Clarksville's Nathan Masters brings down North Harrison quarterback Lucas Brown in the first half of Clarksville's 40-6 win over the Cougars Friday night. (Photo by Brian Smith)

If trailing 27-0 at halftime wasn’t bad enough, North Harrison returned to its sideline after the break in the dark. The lack of light (only four of the eight possible lighting poles) gave the final quarters a Friday Night Lights feel, but Clarksville certainly played the role of Permian High School, pounding out a 40-6 win in Mid-Southern Conference football action.
Clarksville (3-3, 2-3 MSC) set the tone early on the opening kickoff. Senior Robert Myers took the kick 73 yards down the right sideline before being tackled at the nine-yard line. Two plays later, Corey Bowens scored his first of three touchdowns for the Generals.
North Harrison’s opening drive stalled on the 40-yard line, turning the ball over on downs. Facing a third-and-15, Generals quarterback Alex Knerr hooked up with Chad Edelen through the air on a crossing route for a 31-yard pick up. Knerr finished the drive with a 20-yard touchdown pass to 6-5 tight end Cameron Daffron in the back of the end zone. Just 10 minutes into the contest, the hometown Generals were up 14-0.
On Clarksville’s next drive, the Generals marched 80 yards down field on seven plays. Bowens ran in his second touchdown from 19 yards out, capping the drive.
Bowens was tough for the Cougar defense to contain throughout the night. He finished with 122 yards on 11 carries, including a lengthy 53-yard run for a score that moved Clarksville up 27-0.
Prior to halftime, North Harrison put together its most consistent offensive drive against a stout General defense. A short kickoff gave the Cougars field position at the Generals’ 46-yard line. Josh Cheatham contributed 15 yards on two runs, along with a 22 yards from Matt Bruderle pushed North Harrison to the nine-yard line.
On the 10th play of the drive, quarterback Lucas Brown’s pass attempt was intercepted by Drew Farney.
In the second half, the turnover issue continued for North Harrison. Bruderle fumbled away the ball on the kickoff return to start the second half.
The freshman fumbled again toward the end of the third quarter. This time the ball was scooped up by Nathan Masters and returned 90 yards for a Generals touchdown.
North Harrison was able to avoid the shutout with a five-yard touchdown run from Bruderle with less than a minute remaining.
If North Harrison’s luck wasn’t bad enough, Zach Stephenson’s extra point attempt hit the crossbar.
It was the seventh consecutive loss to Clarksville, which defeated North Harrison last season to take the Mid-Southern Conference title.
Bruderle led the Cougar offense with 169 yards on 22 carries. The offense managed 260 total yards, but the four turnovers were costly. Junior Josh Cheatham added 82 yards on the ground on 13 carries.
North Harrison (1-5, 0-4 MSC) will look to rebound Friday night when the Cougars visit first-year varsity program Eastern (Pekin).
Eastern (1-5, 0-4 MSC) has failed to score in its previous three games and is coming off a 43-0 loss to Salem.