Rams run over Panthers, 47-6
Paoli continued its remarkable turnaround with another win, running its record to 7-0, after thumping visiting Corydon Central 47-6 Friday.
The host Rams scored on their first five possessions and rushed for more than 500 yards against the Corydon Central defense.
Paoli struck on its first drive with a 3-yard Ethan White touchdown run. On Corydon Central’s first possession, the Panthers were able to move the ball to midfield before punting the ball away. Paoli fumbled the return but recovered the ball inside the 10-yard line.
From there, Paoli put together its longest drive of the game, 10 plays led by quarterback Logan Laswell. He completed a 25-yard pass to Josh Reef during the drive. The drive was capped by a 5-yard TD run from White.
Offensively, the Panthers stalled out, punting the ball once again, backing Paoli to the 6. Paoli responded with another quick scoring drive, finished by Laswell running in from 21 yards out. Kris Molina’s extra point gave Paoli a commanding 21-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
On Corydon Central’s next drive, the Panthers utilized several wide receiver screen passes from quarterback Richard Armstrong to move the ball down field. After pushing the ball to the 31, Paoli’s defense made a stop on fourth and long.
Paoli fired back on offense with a 41-yard touchdown run from Reef.
Early in the second quarter, after the Reef score, Corydon Central head coach Jason Timberlake was ejected after the Panthers sideline was flagged for two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.
A play after John Eschbacher dropped Laswell for a sack and a 9-yard loss, Corydon Central was flagged for a roughing the passer penalty, which displeased the Corydon Central sideline.
Paoli trucked on, scoring its fifth touchdown on a Laswell 5-yard pass to Tate Smith.
A Paoli fumble and a Corydon Central interception throw limited the scoring chances for both teams at the end of the first half.
Corydon Central scored first in the second half, putting together a lengthy 14-play drive that led to a touchdown. Armstrong completed eight passes, including the 22-yard touchdown strike to Casey Saulman. Saulman finished the game with four catches for 46 yards.
Paoli responded with two scores, a pair of Tyler Dillard 12-yard touchdown runs.
Paoli amassed 550 total yards of offense led by Laswell’s 200 on the ground and 41 yards passing. Dillard ran for 112 yards, and White had 72.
Corydon Central’s Armstrong completed 26-of-48 passes for 200 yards. He also threw three interceptions. Brandon Dunaway caught seven passes for 52 yards, followed by Steve Albin’s 50 yards on six catches. Seth Rennirt had 35 receiving yards and 13 yards rushing.
Lucas Windell led Corydon Central in rushing with 52 yards on three carries. Dunaway led the Panthers in tackles with 15, and Tyler Bube had 10.
The game also featured plenty of penalties. Corydon Central was penalized nine times for 105 yards and Paoli nine for 85 yards.
On Friday night, Corydon Central travels to Salem (5-2) for its final Mid-Southern Conference game of the season. The Panthers can play spoiler in the race for the title. Salem is currently tied with Charlestown for the top spot with a 4-1 record. The Lions, on a three-game winning streak, are coming off an 18-13 win over Charlestown.