Gasser scores six to put away TitansSeptember 18, 2020
By COREY STOLZENBACH
HUNTINGBURG — Southridge coach Scott Buening entered Friday’s game with a state championship on his resume as coach of the Raiders (5-0), but never could say he led them to a win against Gibson Southern.
Thanks in large part to senior Camden Gasser’s six-touchdown performance in Friday’s 48-28 shootout, he can now say he has.
“We ask a lot out of him, just like we ask a lot of a lot of these guys,” Buening said of Gasser. “I thought our line did a heck of a job. I thought with Camden, with (senior quarterback) Chase (Taylor) with (senior Matt) Springer, with (senior Parker) Kippenbrock, that whole group.”
Whether it was through Southridge’s rushing attack or aerial attack, Gasser was there on Friday, to the tune of three touchdowns and 158 yards rushing on 11 carries. He also had five catches for 98 yards and another three scores.
The Titans couldn’t catch him when his 51-yard run in the first quarter got Southridge out to a 13-0 lead at the 6:59 point of the opening quarter.
When the Raiders found themselves on fourth down with 16 yards to go, Taylor, who passed for 126 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for another 133 yards, found Gasser for a 31-yard touchdown reception as time winded down in the first quarter.
Perhaps the only thing that could have stopped Gasser on Friday night were any penalties by Southridge. His touchdown run off the jet sweep was negated, and Gibson Southern’s Peyton Rogers subsequently picked off Taylor on the drive.
The Titans have a Purdue University commit in junior quarterback Brady Allen, who flaunted his cannon of an arm Friday night. Gibson Southern turned a 13-0 deficit into a 21-20 lead behind Allen’s arm. He was 15-of-26 passing for 220 yards in the first half and one touchdown.
Allen led the Titans down the field for scores after a third and 19 conversion after a Southridge penalty on a kickoff gifted them better field position and following Taylor threw the interception.
However, such adversity proved no problem for Gasser, whose jet sweep run held up this time when he ran 24 yards down the left sideline to give the Raiders the lead again with than a minute to go in the first half, but Gasser Show was far from over as Southridge took a 27-21 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The Southridge sideline and fans in the bleachers erupted when Gasser hauled in a one-handed touchdown reception into the left corner of the end zone for a 24-yard touchdown.
“I looked up, I saw the ball and it was just instincts and I can’t really believe I caught it,” Gasser said.
Gasser added a fifth touchdown, another one on the jet sweep run, for 10 yards, and the Raiders led, 41-21, with 5:10 to go in the third quarter. One more came when he caught a score for 18 yards with 7:14 to play, after coming back in for the second time after twice leaving due to injury.
“I knew I had to keep fighting, and as a team, we had to keep fighting, and that’s what we did, and obviously, it paid off for us,” he said.
The Raiders will look to make it 6-0 and improve to 3-0 in the Pocket Athletic Small School Division Sept. 25 at Tell City, another 5-0 team.
“They’re very confident in what they’re doing,” Buening said. “They’re a senior-laden group and it’s going to be a tremendous test for us next week.”
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