Panthers tally 685 all-purpose yards vs. Creek
Corydon Central played host to Silver Creek, the newcomer to Mid-Southern Conference football, on Friday.
The blue-and-orange Dragons, playing their first varsity football season since 1942, gave up 468 yards of offense to the Panthers. Corydon Central, led by five rushing touchdowns, went on to win, 54-33.
‘We had the game plan with a few players out of the game to establish a running game,’ Corydon Central coach Darin Ward said. ‘We didn’t want to put too much pressure on a young quarterback, so we worked hard in the running game.’
With a handful of players serving one-game suspensions due to disciplinary reasons, Corydon Central’s backfield picked up the load, tallying 384 rushing yards. They were led by Lucas Windell’s career best 183 yards on 11 carries. Alex McAfee contributed 84 yards, while Jeremiah Windell ran for 76 yards. Lucas’s 16.6 yards per carry set a single-game school record.
The Windells combined for the first two scores when Lucas ran in from two yards and Jeremiah had an eight-yard run.
Jeremiah became the first in school history to score points four different ways. He had a rushing, receiving and kickoff return for touchdowns, along with converting a two-point conversion.
Silver Creek scored two first-half touchdowns, both from Layne Taylor. He would add a 40-yard touchdown, his third of the game, in the third quarter.
‘We had a few miscues in coverage on defense, but Silver Creek is a good team,’ Ward said. ‘Layne Taylor had about 200 total yards of offense. He is a good, shifty back. They came out and made a commitment to throw the ball a lot. They’ll compete against a lot of teams.’
Corydon Central (3-0, 2-0 MSC), meanwhile, kept churning the yards on the ground. The Panthers scored 29 points in the second quarter. Two McAfee touchdown runs, along with scores from Nick Schroeder and Jeremiah Windell, made up the scoring effort.
With sophomore Tommy Wiseman at quarterback, Ward said he was concerned with stage fright and snaps from center. Neither were a problem for the young signal caller.
‘We threw in some play action in the second half, and Wiseman performed well,’ Ward said.
Wiseman finished the game 3 of 4 for 84 yards and two touchdowns. On the receiving end of the passes were Harrison Rinzel and Jeremiah Windell.
Ward said he plugged in some second-string players through much of the second half due to the heat.
‘It was a hot game and a long game,’ Ward said. ‘We didn’t want guys out there too long without subbing some.’
Rinzel finished with three catches for 52 yards.
Silver Creek (0-3, 0-2) had 205 passing yards while picking up 152 on the ground.
Taylor Wolfe highlighted the Panthers’ defense with two sacks and 6-1/2 tackles. Shane Brown had an interception, while Jeremiah Windell had 9-1/2 tackles.
Corydon Central’s 685 all-purpose yards were short six yards from setting a school record. It was also the ninth regular season victory in a row, a school best.
Corydon Central will head to Clarksville (1-2, 1-1) Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff.