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Central ruins Clarke homecoming, 40-0

Falcons take advantage of Eagles' turnovers
Posted 2017-10-12

   Capitalizing on Clarke County turnovers, Central scored early and often at Berryville Friday night to ruin the Eagles’ homecoming, 40-0.

   Entering the game, Clarke and Central were two of three unbeatens in the Bull Run District. When it was over, there was no doubt that Central is the district’s dominant team.

   The Falcons jumped out to an early lead when speedy back Kyle Clanton swept into the end zone from 14 yards out. It would be the first of three touchdowns for the evening for Clanton. Reliable Andrew Miller kicked the PAT to give Central a 7-0 lead.

   Clanton intercepted a Clarke pass with eight minutes left before the half, and two minutes later Brian Davis carried the ball over the goal line. An attempted two-point conversion failed.

   Turnovers continued to plague Clarke before the break. Central’s Miller recovered a fumble at the Clarke 34 yard line at the five minute mark of the second period, and Falcons’ quarterback Zeb Dyer found Davis on a 15-yard scoring strike to put Central up 25-0. Miller added the PAT and by then Clarke’s homecoming crowd had been quieted.

   Central took a 26-0 lead into the locker room.

   The Falcons’ Zack Abrams scored from 10 yards out to open the third period and Miller again booted the PAT to build Central’s lead to 33-0 with 10 minutes left in the third.

   Four minutes into the final period, Dyer again found Clanton open from seven yards out for yet another TD. Miller’s point-after settled it, 40-0.

   What had been billed as Central’s first real test of the season turned out to be a walk in the park.

   The Falcons had easily dispatched their first five opponents, all non-conference teams.

   Until Friday, Clarke’s power rating among schools its size was No. 1. Central was No. 5. That’s certain to change.