Five different players scored touchdowns for the Central Tigers as they evened their 2018 football record to 3-3 by defeating 7-1A opponent Gleason 57-6 Friday night at Joe T. Herndon Stadium.
Gavin Guthrie, who rushed for over 900 yards last season but has been hampered by injuries this year, scored the first three touchdowns for the Tigers on runs of 3, 80, and 48 yards. The first score came 23 seconds into the contest, and he scored on all of his first three times touching the ball. He finished the night with four touchdowns, scoring his last on a 47-yard run with 11:42 left in the third quarter.
The first score came as the result of the Tigers recovering the opening kickoff at the Bulldog 37-yard line. Zane Mebane completed a pass to Dalton Williams one play later that placed the ball at the 3-yard line. Gavin Guthrie scored on the next play.
Gleason’s lone score came at the 4:51 mark of the second quarter by way of a 12-yard pass. The score cut the HRB lead to 13-6.
Zane Mebane scored from 45-yards out after receiving a pass from Dalton Williams with :13 seconds remaining in the first half. This was Mebane’s sixth touchdown in the last three games. Central led 29-6 at the half.
Guthrie’s third quarter score and Andrew Morrow’s second successful extra point kick of the night increased the Tigers lead to 36-6. Dalton Williams increased the lead to 42-6 with a 24-yard touchdown run with 7:08 remaining in the third quarter. Conner Gaia’s extra kick pushed the Tiger lead to 43-6. This was Dalton Williams first action after missing the last six quarters.
The Tigers scored twice in the fourth quarter. Cameron Hudson scored on a one-yard run at the 8:36 mark, and Warren Driggers closed out the scoring by racing 36 yards into the end zone with 2:37 remaining. Conner Gaia converted both extra point kicks to give Tigers the final margin of 57-6. Gaia finished the night 3-3 on extra points.
Despite the final score, Gleason is to be congratulated for the way they competed in the contest. The Bulldogs who feature a short roster, had an excellent offensive plan that allowed them to gain 13 first downs during the game. They did not quit and continued to battle till the end of the contest.
Another group that is to be commended is the Tiger freshmen and underclassmen, who played during the fourth quarter. They were exciting on offense and gang tackled on defense.
Two other positive factors emerged from the game for the Tigers as the snaps from center to quarterback showed improvement and the number of penalties assessed against the squad was low.
Next Friday night the Tigers will entertain 6-1A opponent Wayne County in the last home game of the regular season.
The Wildcats are a traditional power who are known statewide. This year’s squad enters the contest with a record of 2 wins and 3 losses following their loss to Mt. Pleasant Friday night. The Wildcats have a 1-0 mark in 6-1A by a victory over the Middleton Tigers. While this squad doesn’t appear to be as dominating as squads of the past years, they will provide a solid test for the Tigers.
As this is the last regular season home game, it has been designated as Senior Night. Senior members of the football team, band, and cheerleading squad will be recognized. As with homecoming, everyone is encouraged to arrive early to ensure a good seat.
Everyone is encouraged to attend as many games as possible, but who can’t can tune into The Catfish 99.7. WFWL/WRJB 95.9 has broadcast all Central football games since 1987. Airtime is 6:30 while game time is 7:00. Games and Monday Night Live may also be accessed via the world wide web at wrjbradio.com
To hear comments regarding every Central Tigers and Camden Lions game, tune into Monday Night Live which airs live from the studios of WFWL 99.7, 1220/WRJB 95.9. The show, which begins at 6:00 p.m., is sponsored by Maddox Insurance and features Tiger head coach Jamie Williams and Camden head coach William Blow.
Special Thanks to Joyce Smothers statistics, Christie Graves photographs, and Michael Graves rosters.