Southern Sports and Travel, By Darron Thomas
In consecutive seasons the District 5AA title has gone unclaimed until the final regular season game between Centreville and Central Private and while last night’s matchup looked like a toss up after one half of play the end result was much like last season’s as Centreville overpowered host Central Private in the second half to take a 35-14 win back home. With the win Centreville earned a district championship but more importantly a #1 seed and will host Bowling Green in round one of the playoffs next Friday night.
(Above) Centreville defensive back Loren Lafontaine (#20) closes in on Central Private quarterback Seth Stevens (#24)
Centreville looked to jump out early on the Rebels as they took their opening possession and drove 53 yards in 7 plays down to the Central Private 21 yard line but the Tiger’s drive faltered as Ryan Bowman recovered a Hunter Travis fumble at the 29 yard line with 7:15 remaining in the quarter.
Central Private capitalized on the Tiger’s turnover as quarterback Seth Stevens hooked up with wide-out Ryan Bowman at the Rebel 40 yard line. Stevens then picked up a quick 16 yards on a quarterback keeper to put Central Private in Centreville territory at the 44 yard line. Stevens nailed Trevor Shepherd with a 28 yard connection to advance the line of scrimmage to the Tiger 16 yard line and one play later Stevens capped off the drive with a 16 yard scamper to put the Rebels on top 6-0 at the 4:50 mark of the 1st quarter.
(Above) Centreville tailback Randy Bell (#13) looks for room
Central Private quickly bottled up the Centreville offense and looked to regain possession following a Cliff Hurst punt but a critical turnover on a muffed punt set Centreville up at the Rebel 25 yard line.
Centreville cashed in on the turnover as the Tigers knotted the game at 6-6 following six straight Cliff Hurst carries, the last a 2 yard plunge just 6 seconds into the second quarter.
Hurst added the PAT to give Centreville a 7-6 advantage.
Centreville extended their lead to 14-6 after Cliff Hurst powered in from 5 yards out to cap an 8 play, 53 yard drive with 1:41 remaining in the half. Centreville’s defense totally changed the momentum of the game as the Tiger’s held Central Private without a 1st down in the quarter and took a 14-6 lead into halftime.
Central Private’s defense returned the favor in the 3rd quarter as they forced Centreville into three and outs on their first two possessions.
(Above) Centreville capitalized on Central Private turnovers
The Rebels mounted a drive dominated by running back Dustin Johnson that took them from their own 20 yard line to the Centreville 30 yard line but facing a 3rd and 9 Central Private committed their third turnover as Centreville freshman defensive back Colby Shaw picked off a Seth Stevens pass at the 13 yard line to halt the drive.
Both defenses controlled much of the quarter but Centreville only needed 31 seconds to extend their lead to close out the 3rd quarter. Following a Matt Myers punt to the Centreville 18 yard line, Cliff Hurst needed just two plays to give the Tigers a two touchdown cushion. Hurst ripped off a quick 24 yards up to the Tiger 42 yard line on first down and then exploded with a 58 yard tackle breaking jaunt to give Centreville a 21-6 lead and the momentum heading into the final quarter.
After Central Private’s first possession of the quarter resulted in -7 yards Centreville took the life out of the Homecoming crowd. Cliff Hurst struck again as the junior took a first down hand off and went off left tackle for 51 yards with 10:07 left in the game to give the Tigers a 28-6 lead.
Centreville sealed the deal on their next possession as the Tigers pushed 33 yards in five plays. J.T. Doughty capped the drive with a 3 yard burst off left guard with 6:28 remaining. Cliff Hurst added the PAT to put Centreville up 35-6.
Central Private went 82 yards in 11 plays and chewed up just over five minutes for the final score of the night. Quarterback Luke Fryoux went in from 5 yards out and then hit Trevor Shepherd for the 2 point conversion.
Centreville’s Cliff Hurst rushed for 203 yards on 20 carries and 4 touchdowns and sophomore Colton Terrell accounted for 62 yards on 5 carries to lead the District 5AA Champions.
Centreville piled up 296 yards rushing and improved to 7-4 and 4-0 in district.
Central Private slipped to 5-5 and 3-1 and will travel to Pineville to take on Cenla in round one of the playoffs next Friday.
Post Game Interview:
Centreville head coach Bill Hurst