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Highlanders down Jeff, crash to Columbus East


October 09, 2013
The Floyd Central Highlanders suffered both a big win and a big loss against two power teams, upending host Jeffersonville in a Hoosier Hills Conference upset then crashing on the road at Columbus East in a lopsided loss.

At Jeffersonville on Sept. 20, the first quarter belonged to the Red Devils, who scored two touchdowns on plays of 45 and 48 yards. Floyd Central also got on the board on a 17-yard run by Gaige Klingsmith, but Jeffersonville led 14-7 at the end of the period.

From that point, the Highlanders defense upped the pressure and held Jeffersonville scoreless. Meanwhile, the Highlanders put three TDs on the board.

In the third period, Brandon Stout caught a 12-yard pass from Colton Kimm to score. Floyd Central later took the lead on the biggest play of the night, as Klingsmith ran 83 yards to score for a 21-14 lead. The Highlanders got a fourth touchdown in the final quarter when Elijah Miller picked up a fumble recovery to score for the 28-14 final.

Floyd Central finished with 278 yards of offense while holding Jeffersonville to just 181 yards. The Highlanders carried the ball 48 times for 245 yards and completed three of five passes for 33 yards.

Klingsmith carried the ball 31 times for 197 yards, and Nick Uhl carried six times for 22 yards. Trevor Smith caught one of the three completed passes for 21 yards.

On defense, Stout had six tackles and five assists, while Chase Herron and Jacob Trudeau had five tackles each.

Jeffersonville put the ball on the ground 27 times for 85 yards and completed nine of 19 passes for 96 yards.

It wasn't as good of a story for the Highlanders in their road trip to Columbus on Sept. 27, as they suffered a 76-30 crushing. The Olympians seven touchdowns in the first half before Floyd Central got on the board.

Klingsmith finally gave the Highlanders something to cheer about on a 50-yard touchdown run in the second period.

The Highlanders got another TD from Klingsmith in the third period on an 8-yard run, but the two-point conversion attempt failed.

Floyd Central won the fourth period 17-7, but the hole was much too deep, with the Olympians cruising to victory.

Floyd Central finished with 309 total yards, while the Olympians finished with 466. The Highlanders carried the ball 39 times for 227 yards, while Columbus East ran 35 ground plays for 361 yards. Floyd Central completed eight of 16 passes for 82 yards, while the Olympians completed five of eight for 105 yards.

Klingsmith carried the ball 25 times for 171 yards, and Uhl had eight carries for 46 yards. Uhl also had one catch of 25 yards, and Austin Carl caught three passes for 25 yards.

On defense, Trudeau had nine tackles, with Herron and Nick Wagner getting six each.

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