GREENSBURG — Jennings County found itself on the road for the second straight Friday and, once again, found itself on the losing end of a football game as the host Pirates ran over the Panthers for a 31-0 victory.
Jennings County struggled against a rugged Greensburg team that started 13 seniors, including seven on defense. The Panthers were limited to 42 rushing yards — with only 14 of those coming in the second half as they were forced to go to the passing game.
“Greensburg was really physical up front and we just couldn’t match up,” Jennings County coach Scott Buening said. “We just struggled all around.”
The Pirates put together a pair of scoring drives in the second quarter to take a 13-0 halftime lead. They then left little doubt for a Panther rally in the second stanza as they punctured the visitors for 18 more points in the third.
Jennings County actually had the opportunity to score the first points of the contest, but Andrew Megel’s field goal attempt was blocked. The Panthers’ opening drive netted 47 yards on seven plays and was fueled by Ryan Cowan’s 31-yard pass to Keegan Beineke. Greensburg stopped the momentum at the 10-yard line and then took over after snuffing out the 26-yard attempt.
The Panthers had just one more lengthy offensive series, again going 47 yards, in 10 plays but was forced to punt. Turnovers, penalties and the inability to move the ball consistently doomed Jennings County the rest of the way.
Greensburg, meanwhile, rolled up more than 250 rushing yards, including 131 from Elliott Green. One of three senior ball carriers, Green was having a respectable game from the halfback position until being forced to play quarterback where he turned up the intensity even more.
His 28-yard scamper put the hosts in front 24-0. He then added a 42-yard jaunt in the final seconds of the third to cap off the scoring.
The Panthers countered with the passing game from Cowan, who finished with 167 yards after a 13-of-26 effort. He spread the ball around, connecting with seven different receivers, but failed to produce a scoring strike.
Preston Teltow was the top ball carrier for Jennings, getting 38 yards. Tommy Taylor carried just once.
“We tried to do some different things tonight,” Buening said. “He just couldn’t get going.”
Buening said they’ll welcome their first home game on Friday against New Albany and will look to turn things around.
“We just simply have to play some good football,” he said. “I put this loss squarely on my shoulders. I have to find a way to get our kids prepared and be able to handle different situations.”