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Corydon football news and notes

Nearly 11/11/11 at 11:11
For the superstitious, Lucas Windell’s game-winning touchdown run to defeat Evansville Memorial Friday nearly happened at 11:11 p.m. EST. Couple that with the game being played on Nov. 11, 2011 (11/11/11), fate was nearly in the numbers for the Panthers. Divide Windell’s jersey number (22) by two, and 11 shows up again. Thankfully, it was a 9-yard run, not 11. But then again, the final whistle blew just before 11:11.
Panthers’ first win over private school
The 47-41 win over Evansville Memorial was the first in football for Corydon Central over a parochial school. It was also the first meeting against Memorial, a Catholic school. Corydon Central last played a parochial school in October 2007, which saw the Panthers lose to Mater Dei (Ill.). In the 1990s, the Panthers played Providence eight times but they were never able to defeat the Pioneers.
In regional games last week, Corydon Central was the lone public school to defeat a private school. During the weekend, private schools combined to go 7-1 versus public schools.
This Friday night, the Panthers will face another parochial in Indianapolis Bishop Chatard. The opposite Class 3A semi-state game pits public (West Lafayette) versus private (South Bend St. Joseph’s) as well.
About Indianapolis Bishop Chatard
The Trojans will bring a rather strong tradition with them Friday night to Corydon. They’ve won 11 consecutive regional championships, the longest in state history. They also lead in state championships with 10 dating back to 1983, the last coming a year ago. Prior to the 2010 state championship, however, Chatard’s season was ended in 2008 and 2009 by Evansville Memorial at semi-state.
Chatard has no conference affiliation and averages 35.5 points per game while giving up 11.6 points.
Quarterback Max VanVliet, a senior, has completed 136 of 223 passes for 1,987 yards. He has tossed 24 touchdowns while throwing six interceptions.
Senior Ryan Kleinschmidt leads the Chatard rushing attack with 1,426 yards on 280 carries (5.09 ypc) and 13 touchdowns.
Junior Rob Dury is the second leading back with 204 yards and three touchdowns.
In the receiving game, senior Dan Wagner had caught 43 passes for 744 yards and seven touchdowns. Classmate Aaron Hepp is right behind with 557 yards and 11 touchdowns. Hepp leads the team with seven interceptions as well.
Tickets for semi-state
The Class 3A Semi-State game between No. 1 Indianapolis Bishop Chatard (11-2) at No. 8 Corydon Central (11-2) will kickoff at 7 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $7 each and are currently on sale at the Corydon Central High School athletic office. They will be on sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today (Wednesday) and tomorrow and from 8 a.m. to noon Friday.
Tickets will also be sold at the gate Friday night. The school has brought in extra bleachers, so the game will not sell out.
The football game Friday will be the first semi-state hosted by Corydon Central in any sport.
Boys’ and girls’ basketball games rescheduled
The girls’ basketball game, Corydon Central at Charlestown, has been moved from Friday to tomorrow, with the junior varsity starting at 6 p.m. followed by the varsity.
Also, the boys’ basketball game, Lanesville at Corydon Central, originally scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 26, has been moved to Dec. 7, with the junior varsity starting at 6 p.m. followed by the varsity. Several Panthers football players are members of the basketball team.
Meet the Panthers rally
There will be a Meet the Panthers Pep Rally tomorrow (Thursday) from 10:45 to 11:15 a.m. in the CCHS gym. The event is open to all students and the community.
T-shirts on sale; Rival Sports to televise game
T-shirts will be on sale today (Wednesday) and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday during school hours at CCHS. Youth size medium and large shirts are $10; adult size small, medium, large and extra large are $10; adult size 2XL and 3XL are $12.
Rival Sports will cover the semi-state game and will have DVDs on sale for $15. Rival Sports’ coverage of the game will appear on WNDA Indiana 9 on Friday at 10:30 p.m., Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Contact Kim Frederick at 738-6155 or [email protected] to place the order.