Pirates gather over 600 yards to take first win in newest rivalry with Dragons PDF Print E-mail

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Green Banner Publications
Last Friday night as many high school football fans filled stadiums across the area, fans of the Dragons of Silver Creek and the Pirates of Charlestown piled into Dutch Reis Field for something never witnessed before. In the history of athletics at the two schools there had never been a recorded varsity game on the grid iron. The history making game, a designated home game for the Dragons due to issues with their football field, proved lots of offense for the Pirates and lots of heart shown from both teams. Charlestown collected over 600 yards offensively on their rival Dragons to cruise to the 67-18 Mid Southern Conference victory. The win pushed the Pirates to 3-2 overall and 3-1 in the Mid Southern Conference. The Dragons fell to 0-5 on their first varsity football season since 1942.
The first stanza seen the Pirates reach the endzone four times including two rushing touchdowns and one passing touchdown  to junior Wesley Sexton from junior quarterback Aaron Daniel. Pirate junior runningback Seth McCutchen also found the endzone in the opening 12 minutes of play. Charlestown held the 26-0 lead after the first quarter of the ballgame.
It only took the Pirates 81 seconds to find the endzone in the second quarter as McCutchen found the goal line from two yards out. Daniel tacked on the extra point for the 33-0 lead. The Pirates defense then closed out the scoring in the first half. Silver Creek sophomore quarterback Brooks Howell was picked off by Charlestown junior Justin Conrad. Conrad returned the interception 61 yards to pay dirt. Daniel split the uprights for the 40-0 Pirate advantage.
The third quarter opened with Charlestown’s Daniel hooking up with classmate Tyler Odle for a 60 yard catch and run to the endzone. Daniel’s extra point attempt was good for the 47-0 Pirate lead at the 11:46 mark of the third period.
Charlestown would find the endzone one more time before the Dragons as Daniel hit junior wide receiver Cody Donahue for the 56 yard touchdown strike. Daniel’s extra point attempt failed for the 53-0 Charlestown advantage at the 8:23 mark of the third quarter.
The Dragons needed less than a minute and just two plays to find the endzone for the first time in the ballgame.
Silver Creek’s Howell found classmate Shawn Pezzullo for a 33 yard catch and run. The two point conversion fell short of the goal line for the 53-6 Charlestown advantage.
Charlestown needed three plays of their own to find the endzone. Daniel added six for the Pirates with a 74 yard touchdown run. His extra point attempt was good for the 60-6 Charlestown lead at the 5:50 mark of the third stanza.
The Dragons came storming back as Howell hit senior wide receiver Grant Meyer for an 86 yard touchdown strike. The two point conversion attempt failed for the 60-12 Charlestown lead.
The Pirates then needed just 24 seconds to find the endzone for what proved to be their final time of the night. McCutchen barreled his way six yards to the endzone. Daniel nailed the extra point attempt for the 67-12 Pirate lead.
Silver Creek recorded the last touchdown of the evening at the 9:38 mark of the final 12 minutes of play. Dragon junior Lane Taylor sprinted 38 yards to pay dirt. The two point conversion attempt failed for the 67-18 Pirate win.
Charlestown was led by McCutchen with 181 yards on 16 carries. Daniel collected 161 yards on nine carries. He went 10-for-13 for 246 yards and three touchdowns. Odle recorded five catches for 126 yards and one touchdown. Donahue had two catches for 80 yards and a touchdown. Sexton recorded one catch for 30 yards and a touchdown.
Silver Creek was led by Taylor with 132 yards on 28 carries and one touchdown. Taylor also recorded one pass for 30 yards. Howell recorded 191 yards in the air on 14-of-24 passing for two touchdowns. Meyer recorded two receptions for 116 yards and one touchdown. Pezzullo recorded three receptions for 44 yards and one touchdown.
Charlestown ended the ballgame with 621 total yards as Silver Creek recorded 303 total yards.
“I was waiting for a game like this. It was one of those games that nothing was clicking,” stated Silver Creek head coach Mike Donahue after the game Friday night.
Charlestown head coach Jason Hawkins stated, “We played really well tonight. Our defensive line played good. We  had a lot of kids on defense step up and play really well and our offensive line played really well tonight too.”
Silver Creek will travel to Clarksville this Friday night for another Mid Southern Conference contest. Kick off is set for 7 p.m.
Charlestown will host their Homecoming festivities this Friday night at Dutch Reis Field. The Lions of Salem will invade the Bone Yard for a 7 p.m. kick off.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 September 2011 07:58
Charlestown too much for NH PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Tuesday, 13 September 2011 00:00

Leaving from Charlestown heading to Ramsey to cheer on the Pirates, Pirate Nation had some difficulty as some fans found themselves stuck on I-265 about the same time the Sherman Minton Bridge in New Albany was deemed unsafe and closed. Fans finally were able to get through the traffic tie up and able to travel safely to Ramsey to proudly cheer on their Pirates. Fans were rewarded for their travel adventure as Charlestown played hard on both sides of the ball and took a 19-6 first quarter lead and sailed to the 47-13 Mid Southern Conference win over the homestanding Cougars of North Harrison.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 September 2011 11:59
Waters named D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year PDF Print E-mail
Written by Janna Ross   
Tuesday, 13 September 2011 00:00

A Clark County Sheriff’s Deputy has been a positive influence for the small, close knit community of Henryville for the past six years. He has implemented a program for fifth graders that teach them about making the right choices and the consequences of making bad decisions. The hundreds of students he has taught over the years have taken the lesson in the classroom and turned it into a life lesson. The impact he has made on the students has not gone unnoticed.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 September 2011 12:02
For Our Troops… Speed Memorial Church, Your Community Bank team up to support local deployed Marines PDF Print E-mail
Written by Janna Ross   
Tuesday, 13 September 2011 00:00

One Sunday this past March, Pastor Mike Donahue of Speed Memorial Church approached a member of his congregation, Betty Johnson. He told her of his desire to start a program to send care packages to deployed troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. He asked her if she would “head this program” and she said “yes.” She was chosen because she had been sending many boxes to her grandson, Sam, a Marine, who had been deployed five times.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 September 2011 12:03
Sellersburg residents now have new option for unwanted pesky wildlife PDF Print E-mail
Written by Janna Ross   
Tuesday, 13 September 2011 00:00

Managing Editor
Green Banner Publications
The residents of Sellersburg now have a new option when dealing with wildlife in and around their homes.
The Sellersburg Town Council has approved a contract with Tom Kendrick of Nuisance Animal Services for the removal of the pesky wildlife.
“We have been getting a lot of calls regarding the removal of wildlife. All we take care of is domesticated animals,” stated Sellersburg Police Chief Russ Whelan. “This is an option that will help the citizens at a very low out of pocket cost to them.”
According to Chief Whelan, the police department receives more calls regarding wildlife in the Spring and Winter months.
“We do receive calls year around but in the Spring time there are a lot more calls and then late winter, like in January, when it is really, really cold, the police department gets the most calls,” Whelan explained. “They usually are asking us what we suggest they do and if we know anybody that removes the animals. When I first heard the idea from Paul (Rhodes) and Brian (Meyer), I thought it was a great idea. We are getting a lot more houses and there is not anyplace for the animals to go.”
The idea of hiring a professional to remove the unwanted wildlife came from a resident in the district of Councilman Paul Rhodes.
“The idea actually came from a guy in my area. He was having a skunk problem. He ended up making some phone calls and getting information,” stated Rhodes. “Knowing this is a problem year in and year out, we thought about the idea of a contract. When I brought the idea up to Brian (Meyer), he said it wasn’t a bad idea.”
The idea of a contract gave the  council members the opportunity to get different ideas to fulfill the contract.
“We got the exterminator’s plan and Kendrick’s plan. We then voted to take Kendrick’s plan. He also came recommended by several people in the community who had used him already,” Rhodes added.
The contract for Nuisance Animal Services began on September 1 and will continue through the end of the year.
According to the signed contract, Kendrick will receive $300 per month from the Town of Sellersburg. He will also receive $10 per animal removed. This fee will be paid directly to Kendrick from the resident. The fee will be $20 per animal removed (paid by the resident) if the removal requires use of a ladder. Kendrick will only remove animals from traps he has set. He will not be responsible for traps set by homeowners. Kendrick will also not remove any bat species.
“It is a partnership plan. The citizen pays per animal caught,” Rhodes stated. “We are not committed long term. The contract is through the end of the year.”
Whelan added, “Generally there is a $75 fee per animal caught. With this contract the residents of Sellersburg will only pay $10 per animal caught. The town will pick up $65 of the $75 bill.”
He continued, “We will be able to see how much people used the service through the end of the year. Then we can decide if it is cost effective. This gives it a fair chance to get it to work. A lot of people don’t know their options. Our option as a police department is different than a real expert when dealing with nuisance animals. The police department deals with domesticated animals, not the nuisance wildlife.”
Rhodes said the feedback from the citizens has been positive.
‘From the people attending our meetings, this has been pretty well received,” Rhodes said.
According to Kendrick, he receives on average six calls from Sellersburg residents per month.
“The majority of the calls are for skunks, coons, opossums and a few squirrels,” Kendrick explained of the nuisance animal calls he usually receives from residents of Sellersburg. “Sellersburg reached out to offer a service to their residents. Knowing he have done work in the community, we worked with them for a reasonable rate. One of the things we hope to do when working in Sellersburg is to do the small repairs on the customers’ house.”
Kendrick’s company also offers small repair work and chimney caps to help ease the problems created by the unwanted wildlife.
“We do small repairs and chimney caps. We are hoping to help the customer out when we are already there. We can offer those services also at very reasonable, competitive rates. We do a lot of small repair work,” Kendrick concluded.
Whelan concluded, “This way of ridding the area of unwanted wildlife is the humane way. It is not the animals’ fault. They are just looking for shelter.”
For more information about the wildlife removal service please contact Chief Whelan at 812-246-4491.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 September 2011 08:16
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