Pirates cruise past North Harrison 56-0 in opening round of Sectional 23 PDF Print E-mail

The Charlestown Pirates took to the grid iron last Friday night in the opening round of Sectional
23 play. The Cougars of North Harrison traveled from Ramsey with the hopes of avenging an earlier
Mid Southern Conference loss to the Pirates. Charlestown took the 49-13 regular season win over
North Harrison in week four.


The Pirates were too much for the Cougars as Charlestown’s defense stood tall all night, not
giving up a touchdown in the 56-0 victory. Charlestown will host Corydon Central this Friday night in
round two in Sectional 23 action while North Harrison ended their season 4-6.
North Harrison received the opening kick off from Charlestown’s Aaron Daniel. The Cougars
were forced to a three and out on their opening possession of the ballgame.
Charlestown received the ball on their own 24 yard line. The Pirates put together a long 10 play
drive covering 76 yards. The drive was capped off by Daniel finding the goal line from two yards out.
The extra point attempt by Daniel was good for the early 7-0 advantage at the 8:19 mark in the opening
stanza.
The Charlestown defense forced the Cougars to another three and out on North Harrison’s
second possession.
Charlestown received the ball on the Cougars’ 34 yard line. It only took seven plays for the
Pirates to capitalize on the punt as junior runningback Seth McCutchen dove from one yard out for the
touchdown. Daniel’s extra point was good for the 14-0 Charlestown lead at the 5:16 mark. The score
proved to be the last score of the opening quarter.
The Cougars drove the ball down to the Charlestown 37 yard line before turning the ball over on
downs. The Pirates took advantage of the turn over as they found the endzone at the 9:32 mark.
McCutchen sprinted 50 yards to the endzone for his second touchdown of the ballgame. The extra point
attempt failed for the 20-0 Pirate advantage.
During North Harrison’s next possession freshman quarterback Jack Phelps was picked off by
Pirate sophomore linebacker Darren Taylor. He rambled 32 yards before being brought down by a
North Harrison defender.
It only took Charlestown three plays to find the endzone as McCutchen rambled six yards to pay
dirt. The Pirates opted for the two point conversion as Daniel hooked up with classmate wide receiver
Justin Conrad. Charlestown extended their lead, 28-0, at the 5:43 mark of the opening half.
During the next Charlestown possession the Pirates drove deep into Cougar territory. North
Harrison’s defense stepped up and forced a turnover on downs gaining control of the ball on their own
15 yard line.
On the fourth play of the Cougars’ drive, Phelps was picked off by Charlestown junior Gage
Brafford. He scampered 26 yards to the endzone. Daniel split the uprights for the 35-0 Pirate advantage
with 1:03 remaining in the first half. The score would be the last of the quarter.
After the break, it only took the Pirates 70 seconds to find the endzone. Pirate junior
runningback Tyler Odle received a backwards lateral from Daniel. Odle sprinted 51 yards to the
endzone. Daniel’s extra point attempt was good for the 42-0 Charlestown advantage at the 10:50 mark
of the third quarter.
North Harrison was forced to another three and out before Charlestown regained possession of
the pigskin.
The Pirates only needed one play to find the endzone as McCutchen rambled 26 yards to pay
dirt. Daniel again split the uprights. Charlestown held the 49-0 lead at the 8:19 mark.
Charlestown’s defense was still standing tall as they again forced the Cougars to a three and out.
The Pirates again only needed one play to add points to the scoreboard. McCutchen sprinted 45
yards for the score. Daniel tacked on the extra point for the 56-0 lead. The score would prove to be the
last of the ballgame as Charlestown head coach Jason Hawkins allowed underclassmen to gain some
varsity experience during the Sectional atmosphere.
“Our defense played really well tonight. We are young on defense. We start six sophomores and
one senior,” stated Charlestown head coach Jason Hawkins. “Our coaching staff has improved our kids
each week on defense.”
Hawkins added, “Seth looked really good tonight. Every time he gets the ball, he runs really
hard. We came out here tonight and played really hard, and we didn’t look ahead to next week at all.”
North Harrison was led by senior runningback Michael Cox with 64 yards on 26 carries
followed by senior Ryan Rennirt with six carries for 21 yards.
Phelps went five-for-13 for 24 yards and three interceptions. Cougar junior Derrick Harter
collected one catch for 14 yards. North Harrison tallied 156 total yards on 50 plays.
Charlestown was led by McCutchen with 202 yards on 14 carries and five touchdowns. Odle
added 59 yards on two carries and one touchdown. Daniel tallied 57 yards on 11 carries and one
touchdown.
Daniel went four-for-15 for 59 yards. Brafford had three catches for 48 yards. Taylor added one
interception for 32 yards. Bradford collected two interceptions for 27 yards and one  touchdown.
Charlestown tallied 407 yards on 50 plays.
The North Harrison faithful seen nine Cougar seniors play on the grid iron for the last time
including Ryan Rennirt, Marty Craig, Michael Cox, Austin Walls, Caleb Eskridge, Alex Rutherford,
Patrick Fonda, Mike Mathes and Matt Riddle.
Charlestown will host Corydon Central this Friday night for Sectional 23 second round action.
Kick off is set for 7 p.m. in The Boneyard. Admission will be $6 per person. No passes will be valid for
the sectional game. The Pirates hosted the Panthers of Corydon Central during week seven of the
regular season. Charlestown held on for the 21-19 conference victory.