Braves Get All They Could Handle from Pirates
The game was as emotional as any rivalry game you can find, and the setting and atmosphere was nothing short of story-book style. The Charlestown Pirate Football team, in the opinions of most statewide procrastinators, wasn’t expected to finish Saturday’s Lucas Oil Stadium Showcase within forty points of Class 3A #5 Brownstown……but that’s definitely not what type of game was played. Brownstown Head Coach Reed May was quoted in local media stories, regarding Saturday’s game, indicating that his team didn’t “want the game” as much as the Pirates did, until the end. Excuses can be made all day long; but to witnesses who watched the entire game between Charlestown and Brownstown, in the house that “Peyton built”, know different. The Charlestown coaching staff, under new head coach Darin Ward, prepared a well designed attack of the senior laiden Braves; and made more than just a game of it. The Pirates (1-1 & 0-1 MSC) and Braves both punted on their opening drives, before Sophomore Antonyo Gaddie capped a 13 play 97 yard drive with a one yard score (PAT failed). Brownstown (2-0 & 1-0 MSC) then scored on their next possession, with 10:26 remaining in the second quarter. Drives for both teams stalled twice leaving a 7-6 Brave advantage at the half. Charlestown forced the Braves to punt after five plays to start the second half, but the Pirates fumbled the return and set up a three play seven yard touchdown drive for Brownstown. Both teams stalled on two drives until late in the fourth when Charlestown recovered a Brave fumble at the three yard line; and scored on another Gaddie touchdown run. The conversion failed making the score 14-12 Brownstown with 2:35 remaining in the game. Charlestown’s Quinton Fetz executed a perfect on side kick, leading the Pirates to a two play 46 yard drive that ended with a Gaddie 23 yard touchdown run. The drive took 14 seconds of the clock and gave the Pirates a six point lead. Brownstown scored again with two clicks left and nailed the extra point to survive with a 21-20 win. Gaddie was named the Coyle Chevy, Buick, GMC and Coyle Nissan Player of the Game; finishing with 185 yards of rushing on 30 carries and three touchdowns. Senior Jason Houchens was named the Defensive Player of the Game after finishing with 12 tackles. The Pirates will travel to Clarksville Friday to continue MSC play.