Perry spoils Corydon’s opener
Since the 2004 season, Perry Central has outscored Corydon Central by an average margin of about 36 points.
The law of averages held up Friday night in the lid-lifter for both clubs as a powerful ground game by the Class A No. 6 Commodores powered the squad to a 37-point victory, 43-6.
Perry Central rushed for 381 yards as junior T.J. Hall gained 167 yards on 26 carries, scored two touchdowns and kicked five extra points. Senior B.J. Farmer caught two passes, both for touchdowns of 34 and 39 yards.
But despite a few letdowns on both sides of the ball ‘ and three turnovers ‘ Corydon head coach Jason Timberlake said he saw many positives in the loss.
‘You can never be happy in a loss because you want to win them all, but I was extremely happy with the effort we got tonight. It’s like we told the kids, when there’s no effort, there’s no hope and you are doomed to fail,’ Timberlake said. ‘Last year when something went against us, we’d be done. Our heads would hang and we’d be done. I didn’t see that tonight, and neither did Perry’s head coach. He told me the one thing he saw out of the team tonight that he didn’t see last year was fight and that we never quit.’
Perry Central scored on its first possession of the game, marching 65 yards in 10 plays. On fourth-and-four, Farmer caught the first of his two touchdowns on blown coverage by the Panthers. In fact, another receiver was in the vicinity and could just as easily have made the catch and score.
‘We gave up two scores on simple go-routes and gave them 14 points. You can’t give a team like Perry Central 14 points,’ Timberlake said. ‘I’m not exactly sure what happened there, but we’ll look at the tape tomorrow and get it corrected.’
The Commodores stretched their 7-0 first-quarter advantage to 22-0 by halftime and 43-0 by the end of the third period.
Corydon posted its only points of the game on the contest’s final drive.
Taking over at the Commodores’ 49-yard-line, 6-0 junior running back Seth Rennirt carried the ball four straight times for 30 yards to take the ball to just inside the 10-yard line.
That’s when starting quarterback Richard Armstrong connected with junior Garett Ross for a nine-yard strike as time expired, setting the final score at 43-6.
The Panthers rushed 31 times for 92 yards and gained 28 yards through the air, with Armstrong going 5-15 with a second-quarter interception.
Rennirt led the offense with 44 yards rushing, followed by 16 from sophomore Brandon Dunaway, 15 yards by Ross and 13 by Tyler Jones. Michael Beauchamp had four kickoff returns worth 78 yards.
Defensively, junior linebacker Josh Haase had eight tackles and two assists, senior Tyler Bube had six tackles and three assists, sophomore Tyler Jones had six tackles and one assist, and Dunaway and senior Steve Albin had five tackles apiece. Dunaway and freshman Jackson Wilkerson had an interception apiece, Dustin Springer had a sack, and Albin had a fumble-recovery.
In the second quarter, Panther junior Dylan Harl had to be taken off the field on a stretcher with what Timberlake described as a neck injury.
‘He could move his arms and legs and extremities, but the paramedics wanted to be careful and put the neck brace on as a precaution, which is a good thing,’ Timberlake said. ‘Right now, we don’t have a status on him, but what I got was that he’s going to be OK.’
Timberlake said Friday night’s loss would only be on his players’ minds until 9 a.m. Saturday, when the focus turns to county-, conference- and sectional-rival North Harrison, which comes to Corydon on Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff for the annual Big Cat Classic.
The Cougars lost their home-opener to West Washington, 33-9.
‘The Perry Central game is history. For us, we’ve got so many new players and new coaches, and we can’t dwell on the past. We just have to look forward and, right now, North Harrison is in front of us,’ Timberlake said. ‘I know our guys will be ready.’
Corydon upset the Cougars last year in Ramsey, 25-18; however, North still owns a 22-11 lifetime mark against the Panthers and is 19-11 in the Big Cat Classic.
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