Brownstown wins game but not title

SELLERSBURG

Brownstown Central did its part Friday at Sellersburg. Unfortunately for the Braves, Clarksville didn’t.

Brownstown improved to 6-2 overall and 5-1 in the Mid-Southern Conference by downing Silver Creek 38-13, but North Harrison clinched the MSC crown with a 53-7 win against Clarksville.

After back-to-back losses to the Cougars and rival Seymour, the Braves rebounded with easy wins against a pair of Clark County foes.

The Braves had 451 yards of offense, including 267 on the ground.

Gavin Bane led the ground attack with 98 yards on 11 carries and a pair of scores.

The Braves’ Kyle Kramer was efficient through the air, completing 8 of his 11 passes for 184 yards and touchdown tosses to three different receivers while also rushing for 52 yards.

Ryan Benter caught three of Kramer’s passes for 87 yards and a score.

Brownstown systematically drove down the field on its first possession, as Bane gave the Braves an 8-0 lead with a 5-yard touchdown run and a 2-point conversion run.

Silver Creek looked like it would respond, driving down to the Brownstown 10-yard line on the ensuing possession.

However, the Dragons coughed the ball up in the red zone.

Like its first possession, the Braves quickly drove down the field for another score. This time, Kramer threw a deep ball to Benter, who beat the Silver Creek defense for a 45-yard score and a 16-0 Brownstown lead.

Bane’s second touchdown made it 24-0 less than two minutes into the second quarter.

The game was even during the final 34 minutes, but by the time Silver Creek got going, its fate had been sealed.

Noah Jones got the Dragons on the board with 4:18 to go in the half on a 1-yard touchdown plunge, but Kramer connected with Cam Shoemaker for a 10-yard score with 1:49 remaining in the second quarter to give the Braves a 32-7 halftime advantage.

Early in the third quarter, Kramer made it 38-7 when his 21-yard pass found John McKinney in the end zone.

Jones scored for the second time on a 4-yard run late in the third for the final score of the contest. Jones went for 97 yards on 16 carries in the loss, and Jacob Garrett added 52 yards on 16 totes and Creek quarterback Jeff Belviy was 6 for 10 for 61 yards passing.

Josh Anderson led the Silver Creek defense with nine tackles and Zach Mitchell added seven tackles, including one for a loss.

Bane also was effective on defense with had six tackles to lead the Braves.

Matt Nierman, Derek Rieckers, Justin Donnells and Lendon Underwood each had five tackles for the Braves, while Donnells and Jacob Brewer each had a pair of tackles for loss in the victory.

The Braves (6-2) complete the regular season next Friday at home against Corydon Central.