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Central crushes Buffalo Gap

Falcons' speed too much for Bison
Posted 2017-11-16 By LARRY BEAZLEY

  Central scored early and often Friday to build a huge lead, then coasted to a 42-14 win over Buffalo Gap to advance to the second round of the Virginia High School League Class 2 football tournament.

  Playing at home on a bone-chilling night, the Falcons were never threatened. Their offensive speed and defensive strength were simply too much for the Bison.

  Central will play No. 3 seed R. E. Lee High School of Staunton in Woodstock next week. The Leemen defeated George Mason Friday night to advance to the next round.

  In Woodstock Friday night, the Falcons’ Kyle Clanton found an opening early in the first quarter and dashed untouched 76 yards to the end zone. Andrew Miller kicked the first of five extra points for the night and Central led, 7-0.

  Central running back Shane Watson powered in from the three in the same period to give the Falcons a 14-0 lead.

  The Falcons scored two more touchdowns before half, extending the lead to 28-0.

  Central quarterback Zeb Dyer ended a drive early, scoring from a yard out, and Bryan Davis went in from the five minutes later.

  Buffalo Gap, a No. 7 seed in the tournament from the Shenandoah District, had no answers for Central’s offensive speed, and it was unable to move the Falcons’ defense.

  Central extended its lead in the third period.

  The Falcon’s Varsey Bright outran the Bison defense for a 25-yard scoring jaunt soon after intermission, and Davis picked up his second TD of the night, a four-yard plunge that put the game well out of reach for the Gap.

  Up 42-0, Central coach Mike Yew went to his bench.

  The Bison scored twice in the final period, but they were never a threat.

  Clanton caught three passes for 76 yards and a touchdown. Bright had two interceptions and a rushing TD. Davis rushed for 41 yards and two TDs.