Second-half surge by Pirates halts Corydon
On the bright side of Friday night’s Class 3A Sectional 31 opener at Charlestown, Corydon Central dominated the Pirates in passing, 81 yards to five yards. However, in the area of the ground game, it was all Charlestown.
The Pirates churned out 327 rushing yards (Corydon Central had only 29 yards) and scored once in each quarter en route to a 28-7 victory at Dutch Reis Field.
The Pirates (7-3) set the tone early by marching 76 yards ‘ all on the ground ‘ in a little more than two minutes for the game’s first score on a three-yard run by senior fullback Matt Myers. Rodrigo Martinez kicked the point-after for a 7-0 advantage.
Charlestown extended the lead after freshman quarterback Antonyo Gaddie sliced and diced his way through Corydon Central’s defense for a 13-yard touchdown run, taking the score to 14-0 after another Martinez PAT.
After having not gained a first down to that point, Corydon Central struck back with a little more than two minutes left in the opening half.
Panther sophomore quarterback Lannis Buck connected with sophomore wide receiver T.J. Mathes, who made a great catch along the left sideline to put the ball three feet from the goal line. Two plays later, Buck called his own number for a touchdown run. A Cory Thomas kick made it 14-7, a score that would hold until halftime.
Unfortunately for the visiting crowd, those would be the only points for the Panthers.
Charlestown hit paydirt two more times in the second half.
In the third quarter, Gaddie’s 26th carry of the night from five yards out with 5:30 left, coupled with a kick from Martinez, made it 21-7.
The fourth quarter’s only score came on a one-yard dive from Charlestown’s Jimmy Garcia after a 61-yard drive with just under seven minutes left.
Buck finished 5-15 passing for 81 yards, running back Alex McAfee had four yards on seven carries, Ben Woodward carried three times for 18 yards, Ezra Paden carried four times for three years and Alex Newton carried five times for two yards. Mathes had three catches for 68 yards, and Josh Allen had one catch for 12 yards.
For Charlestown, Gaddie rushed 35 times for 168 yards, Myers finished with 72 yards on 15 carries, Garcia had 39 yards on eight carries and Eli Daniel had 35 yards in four attempts.
Defensively for Corydon Central, which ran 37 offensive plays to Charlestown’s 69, Logan Behagg had 12 solo tackles and four assists, Jason Wisman had 12 solos, one assist and two tackles for a loss, Mitchel Holton had nine tackles, Jordan Watson had six tackles and Oscar Serrano, Shane Brown and Jacob Michel all had five tackles apiece.
Friday’s first-round exit by the Panthers was the second straight at the hands of the Pirates and the first-round exit from the state tournament was Corydon Central’s first since the 2010 season when it lost to Indian Creek.
On Friday, Charlestown will travel to Brown County, which defeated Salem, 42-13, for the second round of sectional play.