The outcome of Friday night’s football game between the Salem Lions and the Silver Creek Dragons meant a lot to both teams. This is Silver Creek’s first season as a varsity football team and Salem’s first season with Head Coach Mo Moriarity. Both were hungry for a win.
Fortunately for the Lions, they came out on top beating the Dragons with a score of 45-27.
The game was originally set to be played at Silver Creek, but was moved to Salem when the Dragons had problems with their football field.
After playing away last week, Salem was happy to have the home field advantage.
“You always want to play at home!” said Moriarity, adding that Salem lucked out that Silver Creek’s field wasn’t ready. “It was definitely a plus for us.”
Friday’s win broke a 12-game losing streak, which the coach pointed out was a big morale booster for the team.
“They were really excited,” said Moriarity. “They went through a tough year last year not winning any games. They are a really young team and I think the win, from a mental aspect, did a lot.”
The Lions put their first points on the board shortly after the start of the game, missing the extra point. Silver Creek answered by running back the Lion kick off and scoring just 14 seconds later, leaving the score at 6 to 6.
The two teams held each other on the next couple of possessions until Silver Creek grabbed another 8 points with a two point conversion with 2:40 left in the first quarter.
SHS freshman Logan Harding made a few good runs before a penalty was called against the Dragons. With 33 seconds left, the Lions scored and made the extra point ending the first quarter with Silver Creek up, 14 to 13.
Silver Creek was the first to put more points on the board in the second quarter after a near interception by the Lions. Late in the second quarter the Lions were able to answer leaving the score at 21 to 19 at the end of the half, with the Dragons in the lead.
Salem scored two more times in the third quarter, missing the extra points both times, bringing the score 31 to 21. With five minutes left in the quarter, the Lions intercepted the ball and was able to score one more time, getting a two-point conversion with Senior Devan Jerrell, putting the score at 39 – 21 heading into the final 12 minutes of play.
Both teams scored one more time, both missing the extra points for a final score of 45-27.
“We made a lot of improvements,” said Moriarity when comparing the win to the previous week’s loss at Paoli.
“We had a good week of practice. They came back and worked hard and improved in every area.”
He said the team was down by 2 at the half and came back to win by three touch downs, which he was very proud of, adding that they have been training hard and it showed in the second half.
Freshman Logan Harding, Senior Devan Jerrell, Sophomore Andrew Maudlin, Senior Zach Payne and Junior Klayton Dougherty were all players who stood out in the coach’s mind as really stepping up and making some key plays throughout the night.
“I told the guys we had a lot of good plays with a lot of good players and that’s how you win football games.”
The Lions will host North Harrison Friday night at 7 p.m.
C’ville rallies late in over EHS
Last year when the Eastern High School football team felt pretty good after losing 28-26 to Clarksville.
That was then and this is now and the time for moral victories in the Musketeer football program has passed. That’s why the team was disappointed in their 20-19 loss to the host Generals Friday.
“We expected to go home with a ‘W,’” said EHS Head Coach John Dablow.
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TD with six seconds remaining lifts WW
A hour and a half bus ride against a team ranked in the top 10 in Kentucky’s Class 2A poll didn’t seem to phase West Washington as they traveled to Louisville to play Christian Academy.
The Senators went in, handled business and scored with six seconds remaining giving the team their first win of the season, 35-27.
“We turned a 180 (from the opener against Eastern),” said Head Coach Phillip Bowsman. “It was a great game. It was a lot of fun, but I wouldn’t want it that close every week.
“. . . We prepared and were focused and our execution on game night was tremendous,” Bowsman said.
Part of that execution is credited to quarterback Zach Trueblood who connected with Chad Thompson for four touchdowns.
Thompson’s 11 receptions tied a school record. He had three touches against Eastern and all of them were for pretty big yardage.
Bowsman said after the Eastern game he realized he had to do more to get Thompson involved and the second part of that was Trueblood feeding the hot player.
“There are a lot of things we can do formationally that can get Chad in the mix of things,” he said. “We needed to do that and Zach saw that it’s like basketball. When some one keeps making the shots, you keep getting them the ball. I think Zach saw that and keep getting the ball to Chad.”
Bowsman said even though his team gave up 27 points, two of those game on big plays and another was a rushing touchdown where his team was out of position.
On defense, sophomore Sean Keller, who transferred from Eastern, played his first game as a Senator and made his presences felt immediately.
Bowsman said Kellar had 11 tackles and led the team in WW’s defensive scoring system.
“Kellar had 35 points and the next closest player had 22,” he said.
The Senators improved to 1-1 with win and will get their first taste of home cooking Friday when they host Springs Valley.
Bowsman said that will be another tough one.
“They are strong,” he said. “They are going to line up and come right at us. They will go double tight and run T, and they run an I-wing back field. They do a lot of power running and play-action passing.”
The game will get underway at 7:30 p.m.
EHS tennis splits
The Eastern High School boys’ tennis team split a pair of matches last week. They defeated Clarksville Wednesday, but lost to New Albany Thursday.
In the win against the Generals, Drew Logue lost his number one singles match 6-0, 6-2.
At number two singles, Matt Pickerill lost 6-0, 6-1.
Alex Doebler won 6-1, 6-0 in number three singles.
In number one doubles, Jordan Gray and Clayton Marshall won 6-4, 6-3.
The Musketeers number two doubles won Terry Chism and Nicholas Hobson won in a forfeit.
Eastern played two junior varsity matches.
Matt Quillen won 6-2 and Scott Sapp won 6-3.
EHS didn’t win any against New Albany.
Logue, Pickerill and Doebler lost in singles.
Gray and Marshall fell in number one singles and Chism and Hobson lost in number two doubles.
Sapp and Quillen lost at junior varsity doubles 8-0.
Eastern has three matches this week. They played Corydon Monday, Austin Tuesday and will play Henryville Thursday.
EHS VB loses to PHS
Coming off the heels of their fourth consecutive county championship in a row, the EHS volleyball team hosted Providence on Wednesday, Aug. 24.
The Lady Musketeers battled in the first came, but was eventually swept by the Lady Pioneers, 25-22, 25-17, 25-19.
“The girls are continuing to improve with each game and practice,” said Co-Head Coach Casey Gamero. “Jocelyn Mousty is getting her timing down with attacks and contributed seven kills and numerous blocks.”
Krista Roberts lead the team with 12 kills.
“We have worked on running a more balanced offense,” Gamero said. “Everyone contributed in the kill category this match. They would adjust to our outsides so Emily would run some quick sets in the middle which paid off.”
Kayla Beach had four kills in a row.
“Our passing and defense has seen the most improvement but is still work in progress,” Gamero said. “It took the team longer than I would have liked to adjust to their offense. We prepared for it in practice but it still took some time to adjust.”
Nikki Nale led the team in digs.
Pirates battle through record temperatures to get first win of season
The record heat last Friday night left many local officials trying to decide what to do for Friday Night football. Late Friday afternoon with the temperatures still over 100 degrees Charlestown High School officials made the decision to push back the kick-off to 8 p.m. with the Generals of Clarksville. The Pirate Nation filled Dutch Reis Field to cheer on their home-standing Pirates in the second Mid Southern Conference contest of the season.
Despite the heat, the Pirates kept their cool and took control in the second half. After trailing 14-13 at the half, Charlestown outscored the Generals 29-8 in the second half of the ballgame to capture their first win of the season, 42-22. Charlestown pushed their record to 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the Mid Southern Conference.
The Generals received the opening kick-off after the Pirates won the coin toss and opted to defer to the second half. Clarksville’s senior quarterback Wes Rittman led the Generals down the field on 14 plays in almost five minutes of the quarter. The drive was capped off as Rittman hooked up with junior Aidan McEwen for a nine yard touchdown pass. Josh Grady missed the extra point to give the Generals the early 6-0 advantage with 7:29 remaining in the opening stanza.
The Pirates answered with their own 10 play drive as junior quarterback Aaron Daniel scampered five yards to the goal line. The two point conversion attempt failed to knot the ballgame at 6 with 3:55 left in the first quarter.
On the Generals’ first play of their next possession, Charlestown senior defensive lineman Zach Jenkins recovered the fumble at the Generals’ 22-yard line.
Charlestown took six plays to find the endzone as Daniel found the goal line from just five yards out. Daniel tacked on the extra point for the 13-6 Pirates lead with less than one minute to go in the first stanza.
The score remained the same at the end of the first quarter of play as Charlestown held the 13-6 advantage.
Clarksville proved to have the only score of the second quarter. Rittman hit junior Nathaniel Jones for a 22 yard touchdown strike. The Generals opted for the two point conversion as Rittman hit classmate Drew Kissel to give the Generals the one point advantage, 14-13, at the 10:19 mark of the first half.
The quarter ran out as Charlestown turned the ball over on downs twice and the Generals threw an interception in the remaining minutes of the quarter.
The second half started off with a bang for the Pirates as senior Ryan Miles returned the opening kick off for a touchdown. Daniel kept the ball as he crossed the goal line for the two point conversion to give Charlestown the 21-14 lead with 11:44 remaining in the quarter.
The Charlestown defense forced a three and out. The Pirates took advantage of the defensive stance and put together a long 12 play drive ending with a six yard touchdown run by Daniel. Daniel split the uprights for the 28-14 Charlestown lead with 4:19 remaining in the third stanza.
Clarksville answered on their next possession as Rittman hooked up with freshman Andrew Wright for the four yard touchdown pass. Jones found the goal line for the two point conversion pulling the Generals within a score, 28-22, with 1:08 remaining in the third quarter.
It only took the Pirates 46 seconds to find the endzone as Daniel scampered seven yards to pay dirt. He then nailed the extra point for the 35-22 lead with 22 seconds remaining in the third period.
The Pirates recorded the only score of the final quarter. Pirate junior Seth McCutchen found the goal line from eight yards out at the 5:47 mark of the fourth period. Daniel tacked on the extra point to seal the 42-22 victory for the Pirates.
“I think if we keep getting better each week, we will be a pretty good football team. If we have a game from our offense, we are going to score a lot of points,” Charlestown head coach Jason Hawkins stated.
The Pirates will travel to North Harrison this Friday night for a 7 p.m. kick off.