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Tecumseh tramples Corydon Central, 55-0

The Tecumseh Braves rolled up 398 rushing yards and 550 yards total offense Friday on their way to a 55-0 varsity football victory in the regular season finale at Corydon.
The Braves entered the contest ranked seventh in Class 1A and averaging nearly 45 points per game. Two Brave ball carriers topped the 100-yard rushing mark, as Jacob Duncan tallied 175 yards on 17 carries and Bryce Speicher collected 153 yards on nine runs. The win helped Tecumseh, located near Lynnville in Warrick County, cap a perfect regular season with a 9-0 record. Corydon Central fell to 1-8 (1-5 MSC) on the campaign.
The match-up featured teams with contrasting offensive styles, and Tecumseh wasted no time establishing its ground game. The Braves scored touchdowns the first three times they had the ball and four times total in the first period. The second and third scores came on the heels of Corydon Central turnovers. The Speicher-Duncan tandem was too much early on for the Panthers, as Speicher scored three times in the first period and Duncan twice in the second. Duncan later added touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters, to finish with four for the game.
On the Braves’ first possession, following an offsides penalty making it second-and-12 at their own 18, Speicher broke several tackles and scampered 82 yards for a score. A Bobby Oeth extra-point kick made it 7-0 just over a minute into the game. Corydon Central conversely went to the air early on its first possession when senior quarterback Richard Armstrong hit junior wide receiver Casey Saulman with a 7-yard swing pass on first down. Saulman fumbled, and the ball was recovered by Duncan, putting the Braves back in business at the Corydon 29. This time Speicher rumbled 27 yards for a Brave first down and scored his second touchdown on a 2-yard run on the next play. Oeth was again good on the extra point, and the Braves claimed a 14-0 advantage with 10:22 remaining in the period.
Following a Corydon Central punt, the first of a school record nine for the game, Tecumseh set up shop at its own 43. Duncan struck from the other side of the ball this time, breaking free for a 51-yard run deep into Corydon territory and setting up first-and-goal from the Panthers’ seven. A 2-yard carry by Duncan and a 4-yard tote by senior Kriag Finney set the stage for Finney’s 1-yard scoring plunge on third and goal.
Corydon Central took over at its own 25 and on second down, and Armstrong hooked up with Saulman on a 4-yard pass play to make it third and six. Aided by another Braves’ offsides penalty, Armstrong picked up a first down on a 2-yard run. Disaster struck again for the Panthers on the next play, when freshman running back Lucas Windell fumbled; Tecumseh defensive lineman Jordan Miller recovered at the Corydon 32.
Corydon Central’s defense launched an aggressive attack, as Tecumseh tried its passing game on its next possession. Following a Braves’ penalty that made it second and 16, back-to-back pass attempts by quarterback Kolton Chapman were unsuccessful. On fourth and 16, Chapman tried to take it himself and was stopped well short, after only a 3-yard gain. The Braves surrendered possession on downs.
Success was short-lived for the Panthers, who assumed the ball at their own 35, as Armstrong completed a pass to Saulman, behind the line of scrimmage and Saulman fumbled the ball away on first down. Tecumseh regained the ball at the Corydon 27, for Corydon’s third fumble of the game. Corydon Central coach Jason Timberlake said his club struggled to protect the football early, and Tecumseh capitalized on those miscues.
‘We came out there and caught the ball and fumbled,’ Timberlake said. ‘We couldn’t secure the ball.’
On the next Braves’ possession, Speicher picked up a first down with a 7-yard carry to the Panther 22.
On first down, Corydon defensive lineman Tyler Bube came through with a huge sack for a 12-yard loss of Tecumseh signal-caller Chapman. Speicher went 2 yards on second and 22, and then scored his third touchdown of the opening period on a 25-yard jaunt.
Oeth faked the extra point on a misdirection play but was stopped short of the end zone on the conversion try, making the Braves’ advantage 26-0.
After another Corydon punt, Tecumseh’s Duncan fumbled on second down, and the loose ball was recovered by Corydon’s David Ingle at the Panthers’ 48-yard line. That good fortune was only temporary as Corydon Central again went three and out.
Tecumseh opened the second quarter with consecutive eight-play scoring drives and controlled the clock for much of the period.
The first trek culminated with a 15-yard scoring run by Duncan, and Oeth was successful this time running in the two-point conversion.
On the second drive, Duncan did the honors again, this time scoring from 3 yards out. Oeth’s kick was good to give his team a 41-0 halftime cushion.
Tecumseh’s first third-quarter possession ended with its second turnover of the game, as Chapman’s pass was picked off by Corydon Central’s Brandon Dunaway.
Corydon then mounted its most successful offensive drive of the game, largely due to the passing proficiency of Armstrong.
Armstrong was five of eight on that drive, which produced two first downs, before eventually stalling out when a third-and-11 pass to Stephen Albin did not find the mark.
Corydon rushed 15 times for a net total of 13 yards. The Panthers were 12 of 25 through the air for 56 yards with no interceptions.
Corydon’s nine punts went for an average of 31.8 yards per kick. Corydon fumbled six times and recovered three of those balls. Seth Rennirt carried the ball 10 times for 24 yards. Dunaway and Saulman each had four receptions.
Timberlake, whose team features six seniors, said the Panthers started three freshmen on defense. He praised the effort of his young players, including Jeremiah Windell and Jordan Crosier.
‘We had some young kids play aggressive,’ he added.
Windell and Crosier shared the team lead in tackles with 12 each. Windell made 10 solo stops and two assists, while Crosier had eight solo tackles and four assists.
Early turnovers and missed opportunities proved costly against a strong opponent.
‘There were a lot of things we didn’t execute we should have,’ Timberlake said. ‘This team is probably the best team we’ve played all year.’
While there weren’t many bright spots in a game where his team managed only 69 yards total offense, Timberlake said they would remain focused and begin preparing for this week’s foe, Edgewood, whom the Panthers host in opening round play of Class 3-A Sectional 23, Friday at 7:30 p.m.
‘We’ll look at Edgewood and find tendencies and set a game plan to attack them,’ Timberlake said, adding he expected to continue relying heavily on the pass against the Mustangs, whom he described as ‘big and “physical.’
‘They’re going to be a good football team,’ Timberlake added.

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