Allen, Panthers run by Clarksville, 32-14
The Corydon Central Panthers used a stout defense and running game to secure its third consecutive win, 32-14, Friday night in the season’s home opener against Mid-Southern Conference foe Clarksville.
Running back Josh Allen scored early in the first quarter from one-yard out for the Panthers, capping a drive that consisted of runs from Allen and quarterback Lannis Buck. The longest play of the drive was a 29-yard run by Allen to get the Panthers near the red zone. The two-point conversion attempt failed.
Clarksville couldn’t get anything going offensively, and the next offensive possession for the Panthers ended with an Allen fumble, the only negative play all evening from the senior running back.
Buck hooked up on a long pass play to T.J. Mathes on the drive to get the Panthers in scoring position before the fumble.
Corydon Central finished off two scoring drives in the second quarter with Austin Kopp taking it in from 23 yards and Nathan Schmitt on a six-yard TD. The third time was a charm as far as two-point conversions went for the Panthers, as tight end Chris Saulman hauled in a Buck pass to complete the first-half scoring with the home team in front, 20-0.
Clarksville’s offense couldn’t muster a scoring threat in the first half, thanks to the strong Panthers defense led by Jacob Wallot, Tristen Blake, Zach Mason, Alex Newton and a host of others.
Corydon Central essentially put the game away with a 35-yard TD from Allen in the third quarter, and, after another failed two-point conversion, the Panthers led 26-0.
Clarksville finally got on the board with a two-yard run by Nate Knight, and Justin Lind hauled in a Wyatt Kissel pass for a successful two-point conversion (neither team attempted an extra-point kick all night).
It appeared Clarksville caught a tough break when officials blew the whistle when they thought Corydon Central had recovered an onside kick try, but the ball was still loose and ended up in the hands of a Clarksville player. Instead, Corydon took over and went on to score its final touchdown, with an Allen three-yard run for his third touchdown of the game.
Clarksville would tack on one more score to complete the scoring.
The Panthers finished with 308 rushing yards led by Allen’s 158. Kopp added 97, Buck 27 and Schmitt 22.
Buck finished six-for-eight for 82 yards in the air.
Mathes led the way with four catches for 60 yards.
‘The intensity was good,’ Corydon Central head coach Mike Spencer said. ‘We took the football, and we moved it. We took a big step, and that’s what we wanted to do.’
Spencer credited the defense for keeping Clarksville’s quickness under control.
The Panthers (3-1, 3-0) will look for four straight MSC wins Friday when Eastern (Pekin) comes to Corydon.
Corydon Central 6 14 6 6 ‘ 32
Clarksville 0 0 8 6 ‘ 14
CC ‘ Allen 1 run (2-pt attempt failed); CC ‘ Kopp 23 run (2-pt attempt failed); CC ‘ Schmitt 6 run (Saulman pass from Buck); CC ‘ Allen 35 run (2-pt attempt failed) Clarksville ‘ Knight 1 run (Lind pass from Kissel); CC ‘ Allen 3 run (2-pt attempt failed); Clarksville ‘ Lind 5 pass from Kissel (2-pt attempt failed).