Corydon postseason football news and notes
Twin backs surpass 1K
With Jeremiah Windell’s 137-yard performance against Heritage Hills, the senior joins his twin brother, Lucas Windell, in breaking 1,000 yards on the season.
Jeremiah has gained 1,078 yards in 108 carries for a near 10-yards-per-carry average. He has also tallied 14 touchdowns on the ground.
Thus far, Lucas, who has 11 rushing touchdowns, has carried the ball 152 times for 1,338 yards, an average of 8.8 yards per carry.
Both seniors also have more than 100 yards receiving.
Not an easy road to title
Corydon Central had to go through three ranked teams to win the school’s first sectional title.
In the sectional opener and semi-final, the Panthers had to avenge early-season losses to No. 5 Brownstown Central and No. 12 Charlestown to reach the final against No. 8 Heritage Hills.
Going into each game, Corydon Central’s three opponents had a combined 26-4 record.
First meeting against Memorial
For the second consecutive week, the Panthers will have a first-ever look at a football school when they visit Evansville Memorial.
Playing out of the stout Southern Indiana Athletic Conference that includes powers teams Castle, Evansville Mater Dei and Evansville Reitz, Memorial enters the regional with a 7-5 record and is unranked in Associated Press and coaches’ polls.
Coached by John Hurley in his fourth season, the Tigers defeated Evansville Bosse (42-26), Washington (49-35) and Vincennes Lincoln (49-28) to win Sectional 24.
The Tigers average 31.3 points per game but also yield 30.3.
Memorial has had recent success in the state tournament, reaching the 3A state final in 2008 (lost to Belmont 28-14) and 2009 (lost to West Lafayette 24-10).
Memorial key players
Quarterback Dane Hurley, a junior, has played in the last two games after missing the entire regular season. He threw for 160 yards and three touchdowns against Vincennes Lincoln in the sectional final. He’s thrown nine touchdowns, including six in his first game back against Washington, without an interception.
Backup signal caller Charlie Grief threw for 1,665 yards in 10 starts.
The running game is led by senior Sam Curtis, who has run for 1,287 yards on 208 carries. He has 14 rushing touchdowns and has caught three scores.
McKinley Warren is another feature back, who has 755 yards on the season.
Alphonso Baity is the top receiving target, having caught 58 passes for 774 yards and 10 scores.
Game vs. Evansville Memorial at Evansville Bosse
The regional game will be played at Evansville Bosse’s Enlow Field, as Memorial does not have its own field. The stadium has artificial turf, and it will be the first time the Panthers have played on the surface this season.
To reach the stadium, take Interstate 64 West toward Evansville; take exit 29A and merge onto I-264 South toward Evansville/ Henderson, Ky.; take exit toward US-41 North; turn right onto Washington Avenue. The address for Enlow Field at Bosse High School is 1300 Washington St.
Parking options: There is a paid lot on your left immediately after turning onto Washington Street, or take Washington Street to the first traffic signal and turn left onto Lodge Avenue, where there will be two small parking lots on your left. After that, parking is in the neighborhood.
The game will kick off Friday at 8 p.m. EST. Admission will be $6. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Corydon Central athletic office today (Wednesday) and tomorrow until 5 p.m. and on Friday until noon.
Basketball schedule change
The Corydon Central girls’ basketball home and season opener against Perry Central has been changed. Originally scheduled for Friday, the Lady Panthers will host Perry Central on Saturday with the junior varsity starting at 6:30 p.m.
Only the main office entrance will be used for the game due to the school production of ‘Annie’ taking place in the auditorium.