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.
Charlestown Pirate Pride Sports Broadcasting, the exclusive voice of Pirate and Lady Pirate Athletics since 2008, will broadcast Pirate Football’s game in Saturday’s Lucas Oil Stadium Showcase. The Class 3A #16 Pirates will clash with the Class 3A #5 Brownstown Braves, in Mid-Southern Conference action, at approximately 2:40 pm, on Saturday, August 30th. The Pirates and the Braves both opened their 2014 regular season last week with shutout wins, Charlestown 21-0 over Madison while Brownstown defeated Paoli 38-0. The Braves currently have a one game (24-23) all-time football series advantage. The Pirates and the Braves are the last two out right Mid-Southern Conference and Sectional #31 Champions.
Pirate Pride Sports Broadcasting, including Bud McQuillen’s play-by-play, Brian Keith’s analysis, and Bryan Glover’s sideline reporting, will go live from Lucas Oil Stadium, at 2:00 pm Saturday. Anyone can listen to Pirate Pride Sports’ live coverage over the internet at www.CPPSB.com; on your smart phone or mobile device using the Apple, Amazon or Google CPPSB app; or even in Charlestown on 88.7 FM radio.
Saturday’s broadcast, as usual, will feature guest interviews, play-by-play game analysis, game stats, and the naming of the game’s Coyle Chevy, Buick, GMC and Coyle Nissan Offensive and Defensive Players of the Game. The anchor sponsors of Pirate Pride Sports Broadcasting, are Bill Broughton Trucking and Excavating, Fields Custom Cabinets, Grayson Funeral Homes, the Charlestown Pizza Company, Coyle Chevy, Buick, GMC and Coyle Nissan, Subway, McDonalds, and Taco Bell.
Lucas Oil Stadium, located in Indianapolis, is the home stadium of the National Football League Colts; as well as Super Bowl XLVI and the 2010 NCAA Mens Basketball Final Four.
The Lady Pirate Volleyball parents will be selling raffle chances to win the official game ball of each of the 2014 Pirate Football home games this season, including Saturday’s Charlestown game versus Brownstown in Lucas Oil Stadium. Watch for Lady Pirate Volleyball parents walking the stands and setup at a marked table selling raffle tickets, $1 each or six tickets for $5; and buy your chances at winning a 2014 Pirate Football Game Ball. Raffle tickets will be sold until mid-fourth quarter before the drawing of the lucky winner is completed and announced. The game ball will be presented after the game is complete. The “Win the Game Ball” contest is sponsored by Backyard Staycations of Sellersburg and Floyd Knobs, Indiana. Check out Backyard Staycations for all your swimming pool, spa, garden furniture, and backyard recreational products. For more information about Backyard Staycations, visit them on-line at www.backyardstaycations.com.
Charlestown at Henryville: JV lost 5-25, 6-25 / Varsity lost 13-25, 15-25, 4-25
Coach Nuxoll: Henryville has a solid volleyball program. They have two strong left side hitters and a left handed middle hitter that gave us trouble. We have a small line up and Henryville’s outside hitter took advantage of that. They hit over our block in the beginning of the match and after switching our line-up with taller players we weren’t closing the blocks and our defense had to cover too much area. Emalee Craven led the team with four kills and three aces. Shelby Goedeker contributed 6 digs. We have another tough match at home tomorrow when we play Madison.
We did not put a lot of points on the board tonight during out JV match. I have asked a lot of these girls to play JV and play several minutes at the Varsity level. This is our third match in a row this week, and the girls understandably looked a little tired. Our passing was actually better tonight, but we could not put a ball away and we had trouble getting to some balls on defense. I know these girls will bounce back with a little rest.
Members of Pirate Nation who ordered “Believe In Blue” T-Shirts from the CHS Cheer program, can pick up their shirt orders at Tumble Town (the former Civic Center) on Thursday August 28th from 5:00 to 7:30 pm or Friday August 29th from 5:00 to 6:30 pm. Questions regarding the “Believe In Blue” T-Shirts should be directed to Callita Gullion at email@example.com.
On another hot and very humid evening, the Charlestown Pirate and Lady Pirate Cross Country teams traveled to Sellersburg for the Darryl Kingery Hokum Karem meet. In the team format ( 2 runners are a team ), the Charlestown team of Whitney Andrews/ Katie Rhodes placed 6th overall and Alysha Flaget/Gabrielle Gagnon placed 10th to earn medals! On the boys side it was Seth Parker/Skyler Elmore placing 22nd to earn a medal! ( top 25 earn medals ). One spot out of medal contention was Molly Sumner/Erin Kimbrell in 26th. The Hokum Karem format is a relay where each runner runs a mile, then tags their partner who runs a mile. Each runner does this 3 times for a total of 6 miles per team. “I also want to say that I am proud of Bree Ward/Isabella Golja and Matt Fellows/Darian Zeice. Everyone gave it there best tonight in some very tough conditions!” commented Coach Jerry Doyle.