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Central too much for Strasburg

Speed, power control rivalry game
Posted 2018-11-13 By Larry Beazley

Central scored 35 second half points Friday to defeat Strasburg, 55-14 and claim the Bull Run District championship outright.

    The Falcons led at the half 20-6, but scored three times in the third period and twice in the fourth to win going away.

    By the third period, Central was controlling play on offense and defense.

    Central’s Kyle Clanton got loose in the first period and ran 55 yards for a touchdown to put the Falcons up, 6-0.

    With his team in the lead, Clanton scored again in the second quarter, this time from 16 yards out on a pass from Kelan Hoover. The Falcons’ Shane Watson ran in for the two point conversion to give Central a 14-0 lead.

    Strasburg got on the board next when the Rams’ quarterback Chase Hart ran in from the nine, but the PAT attempt failed. Minutes later, Clanton broke through the Rams’ defense and sprinted 69 yards to the end zone to give Central a 20-6 lead at the break.

    Things got only worse for Strasburg after intermission.

    Central’s Watson ran 65 yards for a TD, then converted for two points to open the third period.

    Strasburg quarterback Hart connected with Trevor Sager on a 49-yard scoring strike minutes later, and hit his other favorite target, Stephen Kloosterman, for a two-point conversion.

    Watson and the Falcons, however, soon responded. The Central fullback muscled in from seven yards out and Alex Lopex kicked the extra point.

    Central quarterback Zeb Dyer hit Nick Houghton with a 55-yard scoring strike in the third period to build on the Falcons’ lead.

    In the final period, Watson scored from the 29, and the Falcons’ Nick Pulozzo returned a botched Strasburg punt 29 yards for a TD to close out the scoring. Strasburg failed to score in the fourth quarter.  

    Watson had 177 yards on 16 carries and three touchdowns. Clanton rushed for 158 yards on nine carries and had 27 yards on two receptions and three touchdowns.

    Dyer completed nine of 11 passes for 106 yards and a touchdown, and Houghton had four receptions and a touchdown.

    Hart completed five of 17 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown on a rainy night. Sager caught two passes for 61 yards and a touchdown.

    It was Central’s ninth victory of the season against a single loss. Those who wondered how the Falcons would rebound after losing a week ago at Riverheads learned early Friday.

    Strasburg ended its season 7-3, having lost to Luray, Clarke County and Central.

    Central, Strasburg and Clarke all have earned a right to play in the post-season. Central, ranked No. 2 behind East Rockingham in the region, will play at least its first post-season game at home as a higher seed.