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Revenge Part II

Revenge Part II
Revenge Part II
Corydon Central tight end Dylan Jensen, top photo, catches the eventual game- winning pass from Chase Burton with 44 seconds to play at Charlestown Friday night. Photos by Brian Smith (click for larger version)

A first catch couldn’t come at a better time.
Corydon Central junior tight end Dylan Jensen pulled down a 20-yard pass to put the Panthers ahead for good with 44 seconds remaining against Charles-town in the Class 3A Sectional 23 semi-final Friday.
‘This is the happiest I’ve ever been,’ Jensen said. ‘A shout-out to (quarterback) Chase (Burton). I couldn’t have made the catch if it weren’t for the throw. The offensive line controlled the game all night. I couldn’t pick a better time for my first catch.’
Host Charlestown never led in the game until quarterback Aaron Daniel scored on a 1-yard sneak with 2:19 to play. At that point, the Pirates forged ahead, 28-27.
Looking smooth in their two-minute, hurry-up offense, the Panthers marched 66 yards for the game-winner. Burton picked up a bulk of the yards with a 27-yard pass to Jeffery Durham and when the junior signal caller scrambled for 13 yards.
Facing a third-and-eight at the 20, Burton connected with a wide-open Jensen at the goal line for the touchdown and a 33-28 victory.
‘Coach (Aaron) Humphrey kept saying that route was going to be there,’ Corydon Central coach Darin Ward said. ‘I’m sitting there thinking we need a good completion in that situation, then figure out what to do on fourth down: kick the field goal or go for it. Humphrey said he liked the play and it was definitely there, so we went for it.’
Charlestown made the final 44 seconds interesting. In five plays, the Pirates moved the ball down to the 30 in 38 seconds. Daniel’s heave to the end zone toward leading receiver Tyler Odle was batted down by Tyler Ross and Ben Aich to close out the game.
For the second consecutive week, No. 8 Corydon Central (9-2) avenged a regular season loss to a Mid-Southern Conference rival. The No. 12 Pirates (8-3) won on Sept. 30, 21-19.
‘It’s awesome for the revenge, but what’s better is working as a team and coming out here as a team and showing how good we are,’ said Corydon Central lineman Jordan Crosier. ‘We’ll be ready to win next week.’
The Panthers advance to the sectional final and will host No. 8 Heritage Hills (9-2) Friday.
‘Tournament time, this is the way it is,’ Ward said of facing tough games each week. ‘Last week, we played the first-place team in our conference and second place this week. We avenged losses from the last two weeks ” all quality teams ” but shows we have a pretty darn good football team.’
Once again, the twin brother tandem of Lucas and Jeremiah Windell carried the load on offense for the Panthers. Lucas finished the game with 203 yards and three touchdowns, while Jeremiah had 96 yards rushing. They combined for 25-1/2 tackles on defense with Lucas recording 14-1/2.
The first quarter Friday gave fans a glimpse of what was shaping up to be a shoot-out with each team combining for four scores.
Corydon Central struck first when Lucas Windell took a toss up the left sideline for a 21-yard score.
Charlestown answered with Daniel’s 1-yard run on a fourth-and-goal to tie the game at 7.
Quickly regaining the lead, Lucas Windell broke open a 52-yard run for the Panthers.
Charlestown ended the quarter and a 12-play drive with a Daniel-to-Odle 10-yard pass play.
Both defenses stepped up play in the second quarter. Corydon Central showed its two-minute offense before the half when it scored with 23 seconds remaining. A balance of runs and passes led a three-minute, 83-yard drive for a score. Burton completed an out-route at the goal line to Ross for an 8-yard touchdown.
‘We are eight of nine or nine of 10 in our two-minute offense,’ Ward said. ‘At the end of the first half, we had one as well. It’s a good change-up for us. Teams get nervous at two minutes, but, for us, we stay relaxed and try to keep moving forward each play.’
Corydon Central looked to break the game open to start the second half. Crosier pressured Daniel out of the pocket on the first play and, when he threw the ball, Jeremiah Windell made an interception.
Taking the short field, Corydon Central went up 27-14 when Lucas Windell ran in from the 14.
‘To get an interception to start the second half was big,’ Ward said. ‘You go pound it in. It would have been nice to get another stop, but we let them march down the field and score.’
Charlestown used a return to midfield to set up a scoring drive. Daniel and Odle hooked up twice on the drive, including a 20-yard catch and run for a touchdown with 7:09 left in the third quarter.
Each offense had empty drives until the exciting finale took place, with Jensen’s catch sealing Corydon Central’s spot in the sectional championship.
‘I do everything for these 18 seniors,’ Jensen said. ‘That group has been role models since youth football. Big props to them.’
Burton completed 7 of 13 passes for 86 yards and two touchdowns. He also picked up 40 yards on the ground. On the defensive side, Taylor Wolfe and Crosier had a sack each.
Daniel had four touchdowns but was held to 68 yards rushing after lighting up the Panthers earlier in the season for 174. He was 15 of 24 in the pocket for 193 yards. Odle was his top target, catching 12 balls for 143 yards.
‘They are a good football team, and Daniel is a heck of a player,’ Ward said. ‘They have nice weapons around him. They play hard and come every play. We knew we’d be in for a tough game, and it was nice to see our kids compete and not give up.’
Seth McCutchen ran for 61 yards for the Pirates.
Corydon Central, which has never won a football sectional, will get its first opportunity since a 2004 trip to Batesville. The Panthers will host Heritage Hills Friday at 7:30 p.m.
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