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Marion Lukes Claims New Single Season Rushing Record as Pirates Defeat Salem

Last Friday night the Pirate football team went to the locker room with their sails a little deflated as their star running back, junior Marion Lukes, remained supine on the field in pain from a shoulder injury incurred on the last play of the first half.  The Pirates had other weapons last week that were able to step up in Lukes’ second half absence and take care of business against Corydon, and while they won 41-7, the concern about #9 and his injury weighed on their hearts.

But tonight, after a late afternoon thunderstorm rolled in to Salem and looked to dampen our spirits, the Pirates took the field with Lukes in blue and white. Concerns about the field conditions may have been on the minds of the Pirate faithful, but for Lukes and the Pirates it was business as usual. The first drive of the game gave the fans a lot of ground work to watch, which set their minds at ease about whether or not those field conditions would give the Pirates any trouble, as Lukes and Logsdon took turns with carries until Lukes eventually churned out a touchdown with 3:23 left in the first quarter.

On the second play of the second quarter, Lukes took the football 68 yards to the Lions’ end zone to put the Pirates up 14-0. Andrew Mattingly would tack on three more points for the Pirates with his first made field goal of the season at the 3:41 mark. The Lions’ next drive would end in a scoop and score by the Pirate senior Candido Martinez who was able to recover a bad snap to the Salem punter that he couldn’t control and take it to the end zone, putting the the Pirates up 24-0 with just 1:14 before the half. Lukes would head in for halftime with 143 yards on 13 carries, just 95 yards short of the single season rushing record of 1,995 yards set by Richard Lanham in 1989.

With just over six minutes to play in the 3rd and a few yards and carries later, Lukes was able to shake a couple defenders and then it was good bye, see ya later Marion Lukes and the Pirates’ single season rushing record.  The 83 yard touchdown run would give Lukes all he needed to re-write another category in the record book. This would be the second this year as he broke the single game rushing record at Clarksville, making that new record 475 yards. The Pirates would lead 30-0 before giving up a pair of touchdowns and a two-point conversion to the Lions that would make the score 30-14 with 11:35 to play in the game.

Addison Logsdon, who would finish the night with 51 yards on 11 carries, found his way to the end zone with a 10 yard touchdown run at the 3:54 mark that the Pirates hoped would seal the victory at 37-14. Then junior cornerback Brice Sweeney got his second interception of the night for the Pirates to all but guarantee the road win with 1:43.

Marion Lukes would cap off his record breaking night with 311 yards on 25 carries and 3 touchdowns for the Pirates.  His single season yardage now totals 2,306 with a regular season game remaining before the sectional as the Pirates host Eastern next Friday on senior night.

(Photo courtesy of Melissa Stewart)

 

Come Out to Zaxby’s for Thursday Night Touchdown Showdown

Attention, Pirate Nation! The Pirate football team needs your appetite!

Tomorrow evening the The Big X Sports from WXVW will be live at 7:00 with Coach Hawkins, select Pirate players, and representatives from the Providence football program at the River Ridge Zaxby’s on Highway 62 for the Thursday Night Touchdown Showdown.

Here’s where you come in! Bring that appetite from 6-8, order a meal from Zaxby’s, sit back and enjoy the show! A percentage of the proceeds will go back to the school that eats the most Zaxby’s! Hope to see you there.

Pirates Run Over #6 Cougars 34-22, on Homecoming

Pirate Football improved to 3-1 (overall & MSC) on Homecoming Friday night, upsetting the Class 3A #6 and two time defending conference champs from North Harrison, 34-22.  Charlestown’s offense capitalized on great Pirate defensive plays in the second half to roll to a 27-15 advantage at the end of the third; then a 34-15 advantage with just under four minutes remaining in the game.  The Pirate defense minimized the Cougar’s (3-1) leading rusher Jaylen Peake, as he finished the game with 155 total yards on 23 carries; however 142 of those yards where in the first half.  Devin Lukes collected two huge interceptions, which stymied any attempts by North Harrison to muster momentum; while Bo Braunecker came alive in the second stanza to finish with 8 tackles (6 solo) and a sack.

During the halftime Homecoming festivities, Tristan Callaway and Madison Christy were crowned Charlestown’s new Homecoming King and Queen (shown in photo, courtesy of Melissa Stewart)

Once again, the Pirate offense got big ground production by Junior standout Marion Lukes.  Frustrating the Cougar defense, Marion logged 347 yards of rushing on 28 carries; after breaking the Charlestown single game record a week prior after a 475 yard performance.  Marion scored four of the five Pirate touchdowns, on runs of 21 and 6 in the first half; and 61 and 77 in the second half.  Lukes goes into week five of the season with a total of 1,144 rushing yards, placing him solidly among the top five rushers in the nation.

Junior Marion Lukes’ 77 yard rushing touchdown during the 3rd Qtr. vs. #6 N. Harrison:

Pirate quarterback Braiden Murphy scored on a seven yard run midway in the fourth quarter; before North Harrison concluded scoring with 85 yard kickoff return by Zane Armstrong.

The Pirates finished with 439 yards of offense, all on the ground; assisted by Addison Logsdon’s 81 yards on 13 carries.

The Pirates play out of conference next Friday, when they travel to Providence (2-2) High School (Clarksville) for another chapter in the forty plus year history between the two programs.  Kick off is scheduled for 7:00 pm at Murphy Stadium, to be broadcasted lived on WPMQ 99.3 FM Radio.

Its Homecoming Week, Parade/Pep Rally Tonight!

Indiana’s longest running high school football Homecoming Parade will be held Thursday (TONIGHT), September 6th beginning at 5:00 pm from the south parking lot of the Charlestown High School. The parade route will include traveling south on Monroe from the high school, then west on Main Street before stopping on the city square for a pep rally. Additionally and traditionally, the Pirate Football parents will be selling rib eye sandwiches up on the square from 5:00-6:00 pm during the pep rally festivities like in years past. Pirate Football will host MSC football rival North Harrison Friday night in the Bone Yard with a 7:00 pm kick-off and annual Homecoming ceremony taking place during halftime of the game. HAPPY HOMECOMING PIRATE NATION!

Lukes Runs 475 Yard School Rushing Record in 41-12 Rout

Charlestown Pirate Football (2-1 & 2-1 MSC) traveled to rival Clarksville Friday evening; with hopes of hanging a 12th straight varsity football victory on the Generals and make the all time series 27-22….mission accomplished.  Even though mother nature made Pirate Nation wait til her pregame light show was complete and put away; Junior Marion Lukes and the Pirates wasted no time when the game clock started.

Charlestown cruised to a 41-12 victory, leading 28-6 at the midway point of the evening.  Lukes was simply unstoppable and virtually ran the ball at will finishing the game with 475 yards on eighteen carries and five of the Pirates’ touchdowns; 320 yards on just ten carries during the first half alone.  Lukes’ total against the Generals set a new single game rushing record which had stood since Ryan Roederer’s 350 yard performance against Brownstown in 2000.

Lukes scored touchdowns on runs of 55, 49, 86, 51 and 77 yards; similar to the pregame lightning.  The Pirates also got scoring courtesy of a Devin Lukes touchdown, a Bo Braunecker two point conversion, and three Andrew Mattingly point afters.

The Pirate Defense was led by Sophomore Deke Brown, named the Defensive Player of the Game by The Pirate Network Broadcast on WPMQ 99.3 FM Radio.

“Marion really ran the ball well, looked like he was on another level this evening”, stated Pirate Head Coach Jason Hawkins of his Junior Running back’s performance.

The Pirates are back in action next Friday at home in the Bone Yard, against the defending MSC champs from North Harrison; the Cougars (3-0), who dispatched Corydon 42-7 Friday night.

(photo courtesy of Melissa Stewart)

 

Home of Pirate Football Player Signs On Sale Wednesday

Show your Pirate Football Pride and the distinction of having a player under your roof.  New “Home of Pirate Football Player” yard signs will be available for all CHS High School, CMS Middle School, and Charlestown Little Pirate youth player families this Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 pm, in front of the high school football field entrance.  These are double sided yard signs (with the adjacent design) at a cost of $10.00 each.  These signs have no dates or years on them so they’ll be good as long as the player continues to play for years to come.  Go Pirate Football at all levels in Charlestown!

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