This football season ended far too soon
No way can I be the only one thinking the football season ended a bit too soon.
Didn’t wear a coat.
Never sipped hot chocolate.
Time didn’t fall back.
The Corydon Central football team rolled through the regular season with one hiccup: a three-point loss at Brownstown Central.
Most impressive of all was the back-to-back effort put together in road games at Charlestown and Paoli.
The Panthers controlled the game against Charlestown from the outset and went on to a 22-13 win.
Following that performance, the trip to Paoli handed the then Class 2A No. 2 Rams their first loss of the season, 21-3.
Paoli barely cracked 100 yards of offense, and the Panthers put a big win on the board. The game echoed what made Corydon Central fun to watch: great defense, hard-hitting, never-let-up style.
Rightfully so, Paoli will travel to Brownstown Central Friday for the 2A sectional championship. The two best teams in that sectional going at it. Unfortunately for Corydon Central, it met Indian Creek in the opening game of the 3A sectional. The Panthers gave Indian Creek a battle but fell on the losing end, 15-8.
The Panthers did catch a break when Indian Creek’s starting quarterback Trey Reese went out with an injury. He bounced back to throw for 261 yards and rushed for 101 in a lopsided, 35-17 win over Heritage Hills this past Friday.
Turnovers, a rarity during the regular season, were costly for the Panthers against the Braves.
With the two wins, Indian Creek reaches the final Friday to face Charlestown in Trafalgar.
Seven seniors graduate from Corydon Central’s football team, some of whom saw action on the 1-9 team of two years ago.
To turn it around and finish with an 8-2 record two seasons later is impressive and something to be proud of. With the ‘luck of the draw,’ the Panthers had a tough way to reach the sectional final. First, they needed to upset Indian Creek then attempt to knock off Heritage Hills on the road. All that, just to reach the final.
Soon, the IHSAA should look into seeding sectionals for every sport. There are heats in track and field, wrestlers are seeded accordingly, cross country teams get preferred lane assignments and better golf teams hit the course without traffic caused by slow play.
Sectionals should be a true tournament with the ultimate goal of the best teams playing at the end. The pressure of what should be the sectional final should be played this Friday, not two Fridays ago.