Braves ground game too much
The Corydon Central Panthers came out swinging Friday night against host and perennial Mid-Southern Conference power Brownstown Central.
Senior quarterback Richard Armstrong hooked up with sophomore wide receiver Brandon Dunaway for a touchdown and the ensuing 2-point conversion to get the Panthers (0-3, 0-2) on the board first, 8-0. On both plays, Dunaway was not even Armstrong’s intended receiver. But both passes went off the hands of Panther junior wide receiver Garett Ross into the air and up for grabs. Dunaway, with a combination of being alert and at the right place at the right time, hauled in the ball on both occasions.
The scoring drive began after the Panthers’ defense forced a punt following a sack by senior Ben Melton. It looked as though luck may have been on Corydon’s side for the night, but Brownstown (2-1, 1-1) pulled ahead with three unanswered touchdowns before the first half ended.
The Panthers’ defense received a spark near the end of the half when junior defensive back Michael Beauchamp intercepted a Cam Cockeram pass as Brownstown was marching in Panthers’ territory. After the offense stalled, Corydon’s defense held Brownstown to a missed field-goal attempt as the final seconds ticked away in first half, holding the Braves to a 21-8 half-time lead.
The Panthers caught a break at the beginning of the third quarter, recovering an onside kick attempt near midfield, only to give it right back to the Braves with a fumble. It didn’t take long for Brownstown to pull away in the third quarter, finishing off the Panthers 55-20.
After completing seven of his first nine attempts, Armstrong finished 22-45 for 248 yards and three touchdowns and one interception. Dunaway finished with five receptions for 75 yards and two touchdowns. Ross had six receptions for 68 yards, and junior Casey Saulman caught five for 67 yards. Dunaway led the team with 10 solo tackles.
Teddy Stucker tallied four touchdowns and 180 yards for the Braves.
The Panthers return home Friday for another conference showdown with Clarksville. Corydon Central will look for its first win of the season with kick-off scheduled for 7 p.m.