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Generals face long night against Central

After humiliating Skyline, Central travels to Quicksburg Friday to meet Stonewall
Posted 2018-09-06 By Larry Beazley

    A week after posting a 43-0 win over Skyline High in a season opener, Central’s football Falcons will take their high-powered offense to Stonewall Jackson Friday.

    Stonewall Jackson’s opener at Strasburg was not nearly so joyful.

    The Generals fumbled their way to the end, losing 47-0 to a team that had suddenly discovered the forward pass after relying for decades on the run.

    Against Central, it could be a long night for the Generals at Quicksburg.

    Stonewall ‘s triple option offense is likely to collapse against a swarming Central defense.

    At Strasburg, the Generals fumbled five times, but recovered two of them. Of the other three, one was returned 47 yards for a touchdown.

    Besides its fumbling offense, Stonewall Jackson’s defensive secondary is slow and porous. Strasburg quarterback Chase Hart passed for nearly 200 yards, a stat unheard of in the annals of Rams’ football.

    Before taking a two-week break, Central should improve its record to 2-0.

    Skyline could neither move the ball nor stop the Falcons on either side of the ball.

    Central senior Shane Watson rushed for more than 250 yard, scoring three touchdowns. Junior Chris Conner scored twice and rushed for 70 yards.

    The Falcons amassed more than 400 yards of offense behind a dominating offensive line of Grayson Manning, Declan Franklin, Jacob France, Zack Helmick, Camden Zirk, all with three years of playing experience and an average weight of 240 pounds.

    Central’s defense held Skyline to fewer than 100 yards of offense.

   Against Skyline, Central scored three first period touchdowns and two more before the half.

   Watson opened the scoring early on an eight-yard run. Conner then carried it in from three yards and later from eight yards. Alex Lopez kicked five extra points, missing just one.

   The Falcons’ Kyle Clanton scored from 17 yards to open the second period, and Watson added a 28-yard TD before the break.

   Watson scored again in the third period, and Central’s Netty Portillo tackled a Skyline runner in the end zone for a safety to end the Falcons’ scoring in the fourth.

    Central will play at home for the first time this season Sept. 21 against Brentswille.