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Panthers plenty good in romp

Panthers plenty good in romp
Panthers plenty good in romp
Corydon Central quarterback Tyler Fessel eludes a Clarksville defender during Friday night’s game at Clarksville. Fessel ran for four touchdowns and threw for two more to pace the Panthers’ 57-30 Mid-Southern Conference win. Photo by Chris Timberlake
Chris Timberlake, Staff Writer, [email protected]

Corydon Central’s convincing 57-30 Mid-Southern Conference win at Clarksville Friday night was punctuated by a ricochet touchdown pass early in the second quarter.

From about 16 yards out, sophomore quarterback Tyler Fessel lofted the pass intended for teammate Jalen Fowler. The football, however, was deflected in the end zone and into the arms of a nearby Koleton Kaiser at the goal line for the first of his two touchdown catches of the game.

“I’d rather be lucky than good any day,” Corydon Central coach Aaron Humphrey said laughing afterward.

On this night, the Panthers were mostly just good.

Kaiser’s touchdown ignited a 35-point offensive explosion in the second quarter that left the Panthers with a commanding 44-14 half-time lead.

Fessel accounted for all six first-half touchdowns, running for four and passing for two. He opened the scoring with a 74-yard TD scamper on the second play from scrimmage just 42 seconds into the game and also had a scoring run of five yards along with plunges of one and two yards, respectively.

“Tyler’s a gifted athlete and player,” said Humphrey. “He works hard and, realistically, I think he’s just going to continue to get better. It’s his first year in the offense. I thought he threw the ball well and ran it when he needed to. He’s a dual-threat guy that can do that. He puts pressure on defenses with those capabilities.”

Fessel’s second TD pass to Kaiser was a 29-yard strike. All told, Fessel ran for 102 yards and passed for 207.

Kaiser made seven catches for 125 yards.

The Panthers scored four touchdowns in the final five minutes of the first half after the defense forced turnovers on consecutive possessions then recovered a muffed kickoff.

“After we kind of got settled down and got used to their speed, I thought the defense played well,” said Humphrey.

Corydon Central also got scoring in the form of a 24-yard field goal by Ethan Lisher, a 23-yard bolt by Chandler Money and a 56-yard run by Tyler Stark to end the game.

“I thought we played well,” said Humphrey. “Clarksville is a very, very explosive team, and they put a lot of pressure on you defensively. They’ve got four or five guys that can take it the distance at any point in time, but I thought defensively we played well while we had our older guys in there.”

Corydon Central assured itself of a winning season, improving to 5-2 overall and 4-2 in the conference while Clarksville fell to 3-5 and 2-5.

The Panthers will close the regular season with a big test Friday at home as Silver Creek comes calling at 7 p.m. The unbeaten Dragons (8-0) wrapped up the MSC title with a 42-14 win over Brownstown Friday night and are ranked 10th in the Class 4A coaches poll.

Corydon Central              9   35     7     6 – 57

Clarksville                         6     8     0   16 – 30

Corydon Central – Tyler Fessel, 74, run (run failed); Corydon Central – Ethan Lisher, 24, FG; Clarksville – Dae’von Fuqua, 6, run (kick blocked); Corydon Central – Koleton Kaiser, 16, pass from Fessel (Ethan Lisher kick); Corydon Central – Kaiser, 29, pass from Fessel, (Lisher kick); Corydon Central – Fessel, 1, run (Lisher kick); Corydon Central – Fessel, 5, run (Lisher kick); Clarksville – Robert Lamar, 65, kick return (Keyshawn Minor pass to Dakota Capps); Corydon Central – Fessel, 2, run (Lisher  kick); Corydon Central – Chandler Money, 23, run (Lisher kick); Clarksville – Lamar, 9, run (Minor pass to Capps); Clarksville – Minor, 2, run (Minor pass to Hattabaugh); Corydon Central – Tyler Stark, 56, run.