Perry Central wears down Corydon

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By Larry Goffinet

CORYDON - T.J. Hall rushed for 172 yards and two touchdowns as Perry Central trounced Corydon 43-6 in football Friday.

Hall did his damage in 25 carries.

Mikey Wilkerson added 84 yards on eight carries and scored a 4-yard touchdown run.

Fullback Ryan Hanan gained 34 yards on five carries and Ethan Wheatley added 22 yards on three carries.

Overall the Commodores averaged 7.9 yards per carry as they rushed for 381 yards.

They also had a potent passing game. Quarterback Austin Hauser completed 3 of 5 passes for 86 yards and two touchdowns.

"Austin did a really good job delivering the ball tonight," said Perry Central assistant coach Ron Gibson.

B.J. Farmer caught both touchdown passes.

He caught a bootleg pass inside Corydon's 10-yard line and ran the rest of the way for a 34-yard touchdown play with 5:46 left in the first quarter.

On Corydon's ensuing possession the Panthers tried for a first down on a fourth-and-3 play at midfield but were stopped short.

That helped set up Hall's first touchdown on a 3-yard run. It capped a drive dominated by running plays.

Perry Central's Clint George intercepted a pass near midfield with 11?2 minutes left in the second quarter.

That set up a 39-yard touchdown pass from Hauser to Farmer, who caught it in full stride.

The Commodores planned to kick the extra point (Hall was 5 for 5 on extra-point kick attempts for the night).

But after a bad snap Hauser ran for a two-point conversion, putting the Commodores up 22-0 at halftime.

Perry Central got the ball first in the second half and scored on a 60-yard drive capped by Wilkerson's touchdown run.

Corydon fumbled on its next possession and Hanan recovered it for the Commodores.

That led to a 1-yard touchdown run by Hauser, increasing the Commodores' lead to 36-0 with 6:38 left in the third quarter.

Hall added a 4-yard touchdown run less than four minutes later.

Corydon finally scored against Perry Central reserves on the last play of the game. Richard Armstrong threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Steve Albin.

"Corydon's better than they were last year," said Gibson. "They played very physical tonight. But by the end of the third quarter we wore them down - they had a lot of kids playing both ways."

Wilkerson led Perry Central defenders with nine tackles. Hanan and Dakota Huff each added seven.

"Our linebackers stepped up and played pretty well," said Gibson.

The game was both teams' season opener.

Perry Central will host South Decatur Saturday at 4 p.m.