• Steve Byrd

2020 Football Week 1 Recap

Updated: Aug 28, 2020

By Steve Byrd - GLICOD Producer

With social distancing protocols that have led to fewer fans, and most everyone wearing masks, Friday, Aug. 21 began this period of "new normalcy" for high school football in Indiana.  This normalcy was delayed for an hour or longer, as games were either delayed or interrupted due to lightning from area storms.

The big game last Friday involved 5A-Sec. 16 champs Floyd Central, who won going away, 41-6 over Jeffersonville. Highlanders QB Tristan Polk was 10 of 14 passing for 233 yards and 3 touchdowns, while running back and Illinois State commit Wenkers Wright carried 18 times for 163 yards and 3 more TD's.

Subtract a point from Floyd's score, and you get the margin of Silver Creek's win over Charlestown in the "Battle of 403", 40-6.  The Dragons have now won 3 of the last 4 meetings over the Pirates, along with 2 in a row for the first time in that series.  Creek senior Ben Landers got two touchdowns in that game -- one on a 19-yard carry, the other by recovering a blocked Charlestown punt in the end zone.

New Albany decided to have their Senior Night at the start of the season, which went great thanks to a 47-35 upset of Bloomington South.  The 5A semifinalist Panthers barely led at the half before the Bulldogs blew the game wide open the rest of the way.  The Bulldogs' scoring was led by junior Myles Johnson, with four touchdown runs, of 11, 37, 22 and 18 yards.

Perhaps Week 1's closest game saw Clarksville escape with a 15-13 victory over Scottsburg.  This back-and-forth game, with some great 4th-down defensive stands by the Generals in the second half, came right down to a 14-yard TD run by Clarksville's Robert Lamar, followed by an exciting 2-point running play from Dae'Von Fuqua early in the 4th, that proved to be the game-winner. It was the Generals' first season-opening win since 2014, and their first victory over the Warriors since 1983, just prior to Scottsburg's 30-plus years of gridiron hiatus.  New Albany and Clarksville seem to be the area's surprise teams out of the box; more so the Generals, who travel to 0-1 Eastern (Pekin) this Friday.  That same night, the Bulldogs have a longer road trip as they go to 1-0 Eastern Hancock in one of our broadcasts, while our other game has Providence opening its season at Floyd Central.  And don't forget to visit the ticker during game nights on our homepage at GLICOD.com for all the area scores.



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