Braves host North Harrison in Mid-Southern showdown

BROWNSTOWN — The Brownstown Central Braves have continued to prove they are one of the best Class 2A football teams in the state.

Coming off another dominating victory over the Salem Lions in a 47-0 thumping, Braves head coach Reed May spoke about the win over the neighboring foe.

“Obviously coming into the game, we expected to come out with a win,” May said. “We started out a little slow but picked it up and played fairly well. I think we also got better as a team last week. Hopefully, we can continue doing that.”

The Braves are currently sitting at 4-0, hosting another undefeated Mid-Southern Conference opponent in North Harrison on Friday.

Both teams have dominant victories over Salem and Corydon Central and close victories over Charlestown. May knows this will be a nice test for the Braves as they progress into the second half of the season.

“They’re a very good football team, and we’ve played a lot of common opponents with similar outcomes,” he said. “Coach Williamson does a very good job down there, and they like to be a physical team and pound the ball with the run. They’ll run it three times for three yards and go for it on 4th and 1 if they have to.”

The game against the Cougars finishes the first stretch of Mid-Southern Conference competition for the Braves.

“It’s always a tough game when we face North Harrison,” May said. “Whoever wins this game is definitely in the driver’s seat for the conference. We have to be on our game. If they dominate the clock, they are a dangerous football team.”

The team will pause conference play to face Seymour on Sept. 22 and then travel to Madison on Sept. 29.

The Braves then finish their schedule with two final conference games against Silver Creek and Scottsburg before heading into the postseason. We will see if they can continue this string of wins.

May was asked about the 2023 Braves team and what it has to do to take the next step this season.

“Each team is different every season,” he said. “We have a lot of young kids playing. There isn’t one thing. We just have to keep doing the things we do. Allowing the young guys to get playing time only makes them better, and we have to stay healthy, of course. That is what killed us last year.”

May also announced his players of the game from the Week 4 victory over Salem.

Offensive back: Hudson Fritz

Offensive line: Drew Shelton

Defensive line/MLB: Isaac Hutchinson

Dime/defensive back: Isiaah Engle

Special teams: Quentin Tiemeyer