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Central remains unbeaten; defeats Riverheads, 21-6

Falcons score early, hang on for big win
Posted 2017-11-02 By LARRY BEAZLEY

Though Central's high-powered offense was held mostly in check Friday, its defense gave up just six points and the Falcons stopped Riverheads, Virginia's top-ranked 1A high school ream, 21-6.

Leading 13-6 at the half, the Falcons returned to the field in the third period to mount a scoring drive that put the game out of reach for the Gladiators. Neither team scored in the final 25 minutes of the game, although both got close to the goal line.

Central's Varsey Bright intercepted a Rivereheads pass deep in the Gladiators' end of the field in the final period, but the Falcons were unable to capitalize. The interception and a second half defensive stand by Central sealed the victory.

Until a week ago, Riverheads was unbeaten and the highest ranked single A football team in Virginia. Then, the Gladiators lost to R. E. Lee, 21-7. Despite the loss, Riverheads remained atop the state power rankings in its class. Riverheads is the defending 1A state champion.

Lee, meanwhile, rocketed from No. 9 in 2A power rankings to No. 2 solely on the strength of its win over the Gladiators. Central, ranked No. 5 statewide among 2A teams, should move up early next week.

Central's Kyle Clanton put the Falcons on the scoreboard early Friday, scoring from 15 yards out. Andrew Miller kicked the PAT to give Central a 7-0 lead.

The Falcons' quarterback Zeb Dyer connected with Clanton on a 46-yard pass play for a TD in the second period, but Miller's kick failed. Central led 13-0. Riverheads would score before the half, but Central was up 13-0.

In the third, Clanton scored from three yards out, and Dyer ran for the two-point conversion. From then on, Central's defense took over.

Clanton scored all three Central touchdowns and Bright had three interceptions. Central running back Shane Watson carried 20 times for 91 yards.