Pirates take 40-7 win over Musketeers PDF Print E-mail

Pirate Nation filed into The Boneyard early last Friday night for the 7 p.m. scheduled kick off with the visiting Musketeers of Eastern for the final regular season game. The fans wanted to help honor the fall sports senior athletes prior to the kick off. All seniors were honored prior to the ballgame including the four Pirate grid iron seniors runningback Ryan Miles, wide receiver David Cissell, defensive lineman Zach Jenkins and linebacker Craig Jackson. The foursome began the game as the captains unit for the coin toss. The Pirates backed their seniors all night as Charlestown took the 40-7 victory holding Eastern out of the endzone until the final quarter. Charlestown improved their overall record to 7-2 and 6-1 in the Mid Southern Conference. Eastern fell to 5-4 overall.


The Pirates found the endzone for the only score in the first quarter as junior quarterback Aaron Daniel ran the ball in from just three yards out. The extra point attempt by junior Wes Sexton failed for the early 6-0 Pirate advantage at the 6:54 mark.
Early in the second quarter Charlestown was faced with a fourth and one. Daniel kept the football and scampered 23 yards to pay dirt. The extra point attempt by Sexton was blocked. The Pirates held the 12-0 lead early in the second stanza.
After Charlestown’s defense forced and three and out, the Pirates drove the ball 59 yards in nine plays. The drive was capped off by Daniel hooking up with senior David Cissell for a 17 yard touchdown strike. Charlestown head coach Jason Hawkins opted for the two point conversion after the touchdown as junior runningback Seth McCutchen crossed the goal line for the last score of the first half. 
Charlestown held the 20-0 halftime lead.
The third quarter would see the Pirates find the endzone one more time. The score would be the only points allowed in the quarter. Charlestown took an 11 play drive covering 63 yards for the score as McCutchen dove into the endzone from just one yard out. McCutchen added the two point conversion for the 28-0 Pirate lead.
Eastern senior quarterback Cody Hurst was picked off by Cissell as Charlestown got the ball back on their own 25 yard line.
The Pirates’ drive took seven plays to cover 75 yards. Daniel would cap off the drive with a 20 yard touchdown sprint to the endzone. The extra point attempt failed as Charlestown  held the 34-0 lead at the 7:34 mark of the ballgame.
The Musketeers would find the endzone on the next possession. Eastern senior runningback               Trey Albertson sprinted 16 yards to the goal line. Senior Jacob Portela split the uprights at the 4:18 mark of the final 12 minutes of play. Charlestown held the 34-7 lead.
Charlestown would close the scoring out for the night as freshman Josh Hurley scampered six yards to the endzone. The two point conversion attempt failed at the 3:12 mark of the ballgame.
The Pirates captured the 40-7 Mid Southern Conference (MSC) victory.
During the ballgame Charlestown Pirate Pride Sports Broadcasting kept Pirate Nation informed on the all important MSC match up with the Corydon Central Panthers and home standing Braves of Brownstown Central. The Pirates fell in week two of the season to the Braves, 35-31, and captured the 21-19 victory over the Panthers in week seven. The Pirates needed Corydon to capture the win Friday night to force a three way tie in the Mid Southern Conference. The Corydon/ Brownstown battle went to the wire before the Braves pulled out the 33-26 victory to claim the conference outright.
“Our defense is playing really well. Seth (McCutchen) ran the ball really well tonight and our offensive line played really well,” stated Charlestown head coach Jason Hawkins. “I commend Coach Dablow for a winning record this season.”
The Pirates will host the first round of Sectional 23 play this Friday night. The Cougars of North Harrison will travel to Charlestown for the 7 p.m. kick off.