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The Press-Dispatch Wednesday, October 9, 2019 B-1 SPORTS Submit sports items: Call: 812-354-8500 Email: or bring in a hard copy: 820 E. Poplar Street, Petersburg Powder Puff Football See the photos and more inside on page 6 O'Neal set record for Pike Central career receptions By Dennis Marshall Press-Dispatch Sports Editor It didn't take long for Gibson Southern to prove Pike Central (0 - 7, 0 -5 Pocket Athletic Conference) was no match as the Titans rushed for a season-high 358 yards in a 74- 0 shellacking of the Chargers at Weathers Field on Friday, Oct. 4. Pike Central had the ball for 33 minutes and 35 seconds, while Gibson Southern (5 -2, 4-1 PAC) maintained possession for just 13 minutes 16 seconds, but the Titans out-gained the Chargers 546 to 62 in total yards "We are just undermanned," Pike Central head coach Dave Ste- phens said. "That's all there is to it. Gibson is a solid program. They have things at a state champion- ship contending level. "They are where we aspire to be. We hope that someday we get our program there." One positive note for Pike Cen- tral was that senior wide receiver Connor O'Neal set a new Chargers' record for career receptions. He now has 140 career catches, break- ing his older brother, Colton's, pre- vious mark of 137. Connor is also about 200 yards away from break- ing Colton's single season record for yards and about 360 yards away from breaking his career record for yards. It took Gibson Southern less than a minute to score its first touchdown on Friday when quar- terback Brady Allen capped off a three-play, 46 -yard drive with a two-yard touchdown run on the Titans' first possession. Gibson Southern quickly forced Pike Central to go three and out on its opening drive. Titans' head coach Nick Hart reached into his bag of tricks on their next drive and Ben Butler took a reverse 73 yards for a touchdown. "We aren't at the level to com- pete physically or number-wise with a team like that," Stephens said. "Our boys tried our best to execute, but we were just under- manned and there is not much they could do. I felt like we had a good game plan. We tried to run the ball and a short under-control passing game to avoid the rush. We kind of went back to basics to try to stay simple to help with our center being out." Mitchell Spindler extended the Titans' lead to 28 -0 when he sprint- ed through the Pike Central de- fense for a 55 -yard touchdown with 7:14 remaining in the first quarter. Gibson Southern's offensive and defensive lines played aggressive- ly, with meanness and moved the line of scrimmage on nearly every play of the first half. By Dennis Marshall Press-Dispatch Sports Editor The Pike Central cross country teams competed at the Pocket Ath- letic Conference Meet on Saturday, Oct. 5 at Forest Park High School. "It was a great day to run and the kids responded very well," Pike Central coach Josh Roach said. "We had a lot of positives on the day. For- est Park's course is a challenging course, so we know that running on this course will help prepare us for the coming weeks as well. As we typically run this course at the be- ginning of the year, it was nice to see what our times would look like after a season of training instead of coming into the season. We all ran around our season best, if not better. That is huge for their con- fidence to know they can run that time on a tough course like that." Forest Park won the girls' divi- sion with a score of 30. They were followed by Gibson Southern (76), Pike Central (80), Tell City (110), Tecumseh (112) Heritage Hills (122) and Southridge (143). The Rangers' Ellie Hall claimed individual gold with a time of 19 minutes and 51.1 seconds. Libby Stone was the Chargers' top finisher. She came in at ninth place in a time of 21:34.1. Stone's finish earned her All-Conference honors. Quinlan Teague, Jenna Meyer and Kennedy Willis were selected All-Conference honorable mention. Teague finished 12th in 21:45.3, Meyer was 18th in 22:27.4 and Wil- lis placed 19th in 22:28.8. Girls' cross country 3rd at PAC meet, boys' 5th Pike Central girls' soccer ties Evansville Christian, takes tough loss to Heritage Hills NO. 8 TITANS STEAMROLL CHARGERS Pike Central runners Pey- ton Chanley and Nate Wool- ery stand for a photo after the Pocket Athletic Confer- ence Cross Country Meet at Forest Park High School on Saturday, Oct. 5. Woolery earned All-Conference hon- ors while Chanley was an honorable mention selection. Pike Central running back Wyatt Frasure breaks free for a short gain against Gibson Southern on Friday, Oct. 5. Pike Central's Connor O'Neal and Brandon Goeppner tackle Gibson Southern's Ben Butler during a punt return on Friday at Weathers Field. Lauren Vaughn breaks free for a nice run during the Powder Puff football game on Wednesday, Oct. 2. By Dennis Marshall Press-Dispatch Sports Editor The Pike Central girls' soccer team stumbled a lit- tle bit down the final stretch of the regular season. The team lost 3-0 to Her- itage Hills (15 -1-0, 6 -0 -0 Pocket Athletic Conference) on Tuesday, Oct. 1. "We really played our hearts out and played very well in a 3-0 loss," Pike Cen- tral head coach Chad West- ern said. "Our girls made it tough on them all night, and they had to work for any chances they got." The Patriots are ranked No. 12 in the latest Indiana Soccer Coaches Association Poll, but has them ranked as the top team in Class 2A and they are a top five or 10 team in many oth- ers polls. Pike Central (9 -6 -2, 3-3-0 PAC) seniors Adair Kabrick, Morgan Houchins, Jenna Horrall, Shelby Vaughn and Chloe Roy played hard in their final game at home. "We had a nice senior night, and emotions were high, as everyone likes these girls that have given so much to Pike Central soccer," Western said. "We had sev- eral other girls play great, as Lauren Young, Albany Ash- ley and Keena Young played well in the middle of our de- fense all night." Kahle Young, Jaylynn Capehart, Hannah Wood- ford, Lillian Thompson, Alli Holder, Abby Skelton, Ken- nedy Willis and Halli Fair all played big roles in slow- ing Heritage Hills down in the middle up front, and on the wings and sides of the defense. "We are very proud of our seniors, and our whole team for the great effort," West- ern said. Pike Central finished tied 1-1 at Evansville Christian School (4-6 -3, 0 -0 -0 Inde- pendent) on Thursday, Oct. 3, in its regular season finale. "Evansville Christian is a team that has gotten so much better all year," Western said "They have one really good player, and she scored a goal in the first half. We played very offensively the second half and had several chanc- WE ARE PROFFESIONAL GRADE 1-800-937-8721 Jasper, IN Pike Central set to take on Big Eight champ Washington in sectional semifinal By Dennis Marshall Press-Dispatch Sports Editor It wasn't always pretty, but the Pike Central boys' soccer team was able to come away with a 2- 1 victory against Vincennes Lin- coln (3-13-1, 0 -6 -0 Big Eight Con- ference) on Monday, Oct. 7 in the opening round of the Sectional 30 Tournament at Washington. The team played a deadlocked first half 0 -0, but senior Ethan Scott was able to score two sec- ond half goals and the Chargers' defense preserved the win. "The team played really well to- night controlling possession and having a great number of shots," Pike Central head coach Jacob Western said. "Defense was great tonight, limiting Lincoln to very few chances. Vincennes had a re- ally good game plan. They defend- ed with a bunch of numbers be- hind the ball and made us really work for any shots that we got." Scott's first goal came from out- side the box with about 20 min- utes left in the game. "We did a good job on that play," Western said. "We moved it from across the back and switched to their defensive attack. Then we played it down the sideline, found Chargers end Alices' season Pike Central's Coleman Henson swipes the ball from a pair of Vincennes Lincoln players during the Chargers' 2-1 victory in the opening round of the sectional tourna- ment on Monday, Oct. 7, at Washington. See PAC on 2 See SOCCER on 3 See STEAMROLL on 5 See CHARGERS on 3

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