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Wade Bell Floyd Central's Gaige Klingsmith, left, had four touchdowns in the Highlanders' 69-7 win over visiting Bedford North Lawrence. Photo by Wade Bell

Highlanders roll over Bedford, 69-7


October 09, 2013
After taking a rather bad beating at Columbus East the Friday before, the Floyd Central Highanders delivered one of their own, crushing the visiting Bedford North Lawrence Stars 69-7 in a Hoosier Hills Conference contest. The win moved the Highlanders into second place in the conference, behind Columbus East.

"Columbus East did the same thing to us last week," Floyd Central coach Brian Glesing said. "Goodness gracious, that's how good they are. Our kids fought back after getting drilled last week and did a heck of a job running the football. We told them to keep their heads up. We knew Columbus East was a good team, and we knew we had a chance. Bedford had beaten us the last two times, in the playoffs two years ago and in the regular season last year. So, our kids had this one circled, as well, and it was homecoming."

The Highlanders wasted no time getting on the board, with Gaige Klingsmith getting his first of four touchdowns on a 43-yard run two and a half minutes into the game. Klingsmith scored again at 5:41 then the Highlanders pushed the Stars back for a safety with 3:36 to go in the period. Klingsmith got his third TD with 2:48 to go in the period from 34 yards for a 22-0 first quarter score. The Floyd Central junior got his fourth score early in second from a yard out for a 29-0 lead.

"We were able to run the ball," Glesing said. "When you can establish the run, a lot of things are going to happen."

Bedford's only score of the game came on its next possession. The Stars moved the ball down to the 4-yard line on eight plays. Matt Shoufler ran into score, cutting the lead to 29-7.

That was quickly negated by the Highlanders. After Brennan Schramke ran the ball to the 31-yard line on the kick-off, Gabriel Kennedy took the ball on the next play and ran 69 yards for a touchdown and a 36-7 Floyd Central lead at halftime.

"It was a good job with adversity," Glesing said. "We had a lot of starters out. We had three starters out on offense at left tackle, a wing back and a quarterback. So, we did a great job of overcoming adversity."

Floyd Central scored the first of four touchdowns less than a minute into the third period. The first came when Colton Kimm threw to Brandon Stout, and the longest came on a 72-yard run by Kennedy. The Highlanders completely dominated the half, going on to 62-point win.

"Our (offensive) line did a heck of a job tonight running the ball," Glesing said. "Any running back that we put in there did a great job, whether it was Klingsmith or (Garry) Posey of Kennedy or even Stout."

The Highlanders (5-2, 4-1 HHC) finished with 658 yards of offense, running 43 ground plays for 534 yards. Floyd Central completed five of seven passes for 124 yards. Kennedy carried twice for 141 yards, and Klingsmith had 14 carries for 135 yards. Garry Posey carried the ball 13 times for 86 yards. Blake Carl had two carries for 79 yards, and Stout had three carries for 74 yards and caught two passes for 73 yards. On defense, Kennedy and John Strobel had four tackles each.

"Brandon Stout had a heck of a week of practice," Glesing saud. "We held Colton out most of the game. He got one series in in the second half. He was banged up a little bit, so we had a chance to give Brandon some reps, and it worked out well for us. He can run the ball. He's a running back by trade and is a quarterback, too, by trade. He made some great catches as a receiver when we put Colton back in."

"To start the second half we let Colton have a series just to keep him good," he said. "He did a great job running the offense there. I'm sure he'll be back at quarterback next week."

Bedford had 27 carries for just 29 yards and completed 15 of 31 passes for 171 yards, for a total of 200 yards of offense.

The Highlanders will meet Jennings County at home Friday on Senior Night. Glesing said both his team and the Panthers play the same type of game.

"They're big guys up front and they like to pound it, so we're going to have to do some different things from what we did tonight," the Floyd Central coach said. "Bedford is more of a spread kind of team and Jennings is going to be more of a power team. So, we've got to regroup and get back and stop a different kind of offense next week."

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