Paoli shutsout NH, 36-0
The North Harrison Cougar offense sputtered early and often in the light rain Friday night in Ramsey against the stout defense of No. 5 (2A) Paoli.
The Rams finished off the Cougars with a shutout, Paoli’s third straight, 36-0. Only a single touchdown has been scored against Paoli in four games this season.
North Harrison senior stand-out running back Matt Bruderle, who ran for nearly 300 yards and four touchdowns in the Sept. 3 win, had to be helped off the field Friday after his first carry of the game. He did return but played with a noticeable limp throughout the night.
‘That took the air out of us; we were never the same,’ North Harrison coach Jason Mullis said of Bruderle’s injury. ‘They (Paoli) were good, very good defensively.’
North Harrison (1-3, 1-1) was unable to string together a drive with more than one first down in the first half, and the defense was only able to slow explosive Rams Brian Wilson, Trevor Axsom and Garrett Shepard once to force a punt before halftime, when the game was well in hand, 22-0.
Paoli (4-0) would tack on two more scores in the second half to provide the final count.
Some young Cougars, including freshman running back Jason Parker, saw valuable time in the fourth quarter.
North Harrison only mustered 88 yard of offense, all on the ground, and just four first downs.
It was Paoli’s 13th consecutive regular season victory and fourth in a row over the Cougars.
The road doesn’t get any easier for North Harrison, with a trip to Mid-Southern Conference leader Brownstown Central Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
‘We’ve just got to get better,’ Mullis said. ‘That’s all we can do.’