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Dragons dominate Corydon Central

Dragons dominate Corydon Central
Dragons dominate Corydon Central
Corydon Central freshman running back Dawson Ayres, pressed into action due to injuries and game script, slices through the line as teammate (and brother) Austin Ayres provides the lead block. Dawson led the Panthers’ rushing attack with 54 yards against Silver Creek. Photo by Alan Stewart
Alan Stewart, Contributing Writer

Corydon Central capped its 2021 regular-season slate Friday night in Sellersburg to the tune of a 61-7 blowout loss at the hands of Silver Creek and — more specifically — senior Trey Schoen.

Schoen, the son of former South Central Junior-Senior High School standout Scott Schoen, set a school record with an eye-popping six touchdowns on the night. On offense, he touched the ball only six times but converted four into scores (runs of 40 and 15 yards and receptions of five and seven yards). The other two trips to the end zone came on a 57-yard punt return and an 84-yard kick-off return.

The Dragons (5-3, 4-1 Mid-Southern Conference) cruised to a 34-0 lead at the first stop and kept their foot on the gas in the second quarter to take a 54-0 lead into the break.

Already paper-thin on the depth chart due to injuries, four more players wound up exiting the game for Corydon Central (0-8, 0-6), adding to a long list of athletes who’ve been nicked up this season.

“Nowhere anywhere close have I been around a team that has had this many injuries,” Corydon Central coach Aaron Humphrey said.

“We’ve been snake bit from the get-go even before the season started with two two-way guys going out, and it’s only gotten worse since then.

“It is what it is, and we can’t feel sorry for ourselves,” he said. “Each injury gives another young man an opportunity to get out there and play, so it’s next man up.”

The Panthers’ lone score came in the second half, which was played with a running clock due to the hosts being up by more than 35 points at the intermission, on a 25-yard, senior-to-senior pass from quarterback Nolan Adams to Owen Shireman. The touchdown, which was Shireman’s first of his high school career, was followed by a picture-perfect PAT kick from Bryce Gerlach.

Most of Silver Creek’s first-string players sat in the second half after holding the Panthers to negative-21 yards of offense in the first half. With starting tailback Hunter Schmitt knocked out with an ankle injury, two Corydon Central backs — freshman Dawson Ayres and sophomore Julio Chavez — got their chance under the lights. Chavez had five rushes for 29 yards, while Ayres had 11 carries for 54 yards.

“They did a good job that second half and came in and ran the ball really well for us. They’ve done that kind of stuff in practice, and I’m glad they got a chance to get out there and showed what they can do,” Humphrey said, adding that with so many injuries and the game being so lopsided that several underclassmen got a chance to get into the game. “I’m super excited for them because there’s not a more deserving group of young men than our younger guys, the second-stringers. They’ve practiced all season long and busted their tails every day in practice and haven’t had the opportunity to play in games because of our situation. So, I couldn’t be more pleased than for those guys to get that opportunity to get out there and play tonight.”

Looking ahead to Friday, the Panthers will hit the road to start Class 3A Sectional 32 play at Evansville Bosse, which started 2-0 on the season and is in the midst of a seven-game losing streak. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. (Central Time).

“Bosse is a good football team,” Humphrey said. “They are very athletic and huge up front on both sides of the ball, so we’re going to have our hands full and we’re going to have to play error-free to hopefully be in the game in the fourth quarter to have a chance.”

Corydon Central             0     0     7     0 –   7

Silver Creek                   34   20     7     0 – 61

Silver Creek – K.D. Powell 38 yd run (Carley Troutman kick); Silver Creek – Trey Schoen 40 yd run (kick failed); Silver Creek – Schoen 15 yd run (Troutman kick); Silver Creek – Schoen 57 yd punt return (Troutman kick); Silver Creek – Schoen 5 yd pass from Darius Gray (Troutman kick); Silver Creek – Gray 11 yd run (Troutman kick); Silver Creek – LaShun Mays Jr. 20 yd run (Troutman kick); Silver Creek – Schoen 7 yd pass from Gray (kick failed); Corydon Central – Owen Shireman 25 yd pass from Nolan Adams (Bryce Gerlach kick); Silver Creek – Schoen 84 yd kickoff return (Troutman kick).