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Highlanders fall short at Columbus East


September 28, 2011
Floyd Central's hopes of a possible conference championship slipped Friday night as the Highlanders fell at Columbus East. It was the first loss of the season for the Highlanders with Hoosier Hills Conference opponents Bedford North Lawrence, Jennings County and New Albany left on the schedule. Columbus East must get wins against Madison, Jeffersonville and Bedford to keep their HHC record spotless.

The Highlanders got three touchdowns from senior running back Kyle Bramble to increase his season total to 29. Bramble first scored in the opening quarter on an 11-yard run to tie the game at 7. Columbus East's first score came when quarterback Gunner Kiel hit Alex Cowan for 22 yards.

Both teams scored again in the second period. After Columbus East's Luke Hampton caught a 46-yard TD pass from Kiel, Bramble got the call again for a 2-yard run into the end zone and a 14-all tie at the break as Jason VanBuren put the ball through the uprights.

Columbus East scored the next three touchdowns: Kiel on a 1-yard run, Hampton on a 17-yard pass from Kiel, and Kiel again for an 11-yard run into the end zone.

Bramble then scored on a 1-yard run for Floyd Central, but it wasn't enough, as the Highlanders fell, 35-21.

Floyd Central finished with 344 yards of offense to Columbus East's 377. The Highlanders had 302 yards on the ground on 20 carries, and the Olympians carried 35 times for 164 yards. In the air, Floyd Central completed just 2 of 6 attempts for 42 yards, while Columbus East was 8 of 15 for 207 yards.

Bramble had 41 carries for 232 yards, upping his season total to 1,571. Bryce Smith carried three times for 26 yards, and Nick Uhl had four carries for 25 yards. Bramble had one catch for 17 yards, and Michael Deerr caught one pass for 25 yards.

On defense, Garrett Shanks had 10 tackles and five assists. Matt Rue and Austin Faulkenburg recorded six tackles each, and Josh Hack finished with five tackles. Chase Herron had four tackles and six assists.

The Highlanders are at home Friday night at 7 against Bedford North Lawrence.

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