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Daniels shows his strength against the Generals

September 1, 2012
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Aaron Daniel ran for three touchdowns and threw for three more as Charlestown took control in the second quarter and rolled to a 67-18 win over host Clarksville in a Mid-Southern Conference football game Friday night.

When it counted, the defense came up big for the Pirates, ranked No. 5 in Class 3-A. Daniel ran for 164 yards and passed for 157 to lead an offense that totaled 601 yards and 28 first downs, making sure Charlestown would improve to 3-0, 2-0 in the conference.

“Our defense came out and played well for the second week in a row,” said Charlestown coach Jason Hawkins.

It couldn’t have started much worse for the visiting favorites. On the second play from scrimmage, Seth McCutchen fumbled and it was recovered by Clarksville’s Caleb Clifford at midfield.

Clarksville’s Christian Brown had rushes of 5 and 34 yards to get the Generals down to the 10-yard line, but the drive stalled there. Clarksville went for it on fourth and seven and failed.

After the bend-but-don’t-break effort by its defense, the Charlestown offense went to work. A 32-yard run by Daniel, followed by a 23-yard run by McCutchen, led the Pirates into Clarksville territory. A face mask penalty on the Generals put Charlestown in the red zone, and from there Daniel connected with Cody Donahue on a 16-yard touchdown pass. Daniel added the point-after kick and it was 7-0 with 7:56 left in the first quarter.

“Aaron does all the little things well,” said Hawkins. “I feel like I can count on him when the game is on the line.”

Clarksville’s next drive stalled at midfield, and the Pirates were back in business. A 26-yard run by McCutchen helped set up a 13-yard touchdown run by Daniel and it was 14-0 with 4:12 remaining in the opening quarter.

The Charlestown defense forced a three and out, but a poor pass by Daniel was picked off by Clarksville’s Andrew Wright, the Pirates’ second turnover of the quarter.

Charlestown had the ball back early in the second quarter, and it only four plays into the period before the Pirates struck again. A screen pass from Daniel to Tyler Odle turned into a 20-yard touchdown score and it was 20-0.

Another three and out by the Generals put the ball back in Charlestown’s hands.

In a play that was pretty much indicative of how the game went, Daniel fumbled a snap at the Generals’ 24, picked it up and rambled to score. His kick made it 27-0 with 8:09 left in the half.

Clarksville (1-2, 1-1) fumbled the ball away on its next possession, and Wesley Sexton recovered near midfield. From there, it took just seven plays for Daniel to score on an 11-yard run to make it 33-0.

The teams traded fumbles late in the first half. Charlestown got the better end of it, taking over at the Clarksville 19 with under two minutes left in the half. Three plays later, McCutchen punched it in from four yards out, Chris Shanks added the point-after kick and it was 40-0 at the break.

The Pirates started the second half with a 38-yard touchdown pass from Daniel to Sexton to make it 47-0. Later, McCutchen capped a drive by rambling 17 yards and it was 53-0.

The Generals got a bright spot when Aidan McEwen connected with Nate Knight, who scrambled for a 70-yard touchdown to make it 53-6 late in the third quarter. Charlestown responded with Ryan Wilkerson scoring on a six-yard run to make it 59-6 at quarter’s end.

Clarksville continued to compete in the fourth quarter, posting a pair of short touchdown passes from McEwen to Brandon Hardin to make it 59-18 before Charlestown’s Cameron Hopson and Tyler Olsen combined to make the final margin.

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