Central scored three times in the first half to establish an 18-0 advantage over the Tigers and then scored all four times it had the ball in the third quarter to douse any hopes of their opponents staging a comeback.
“It looks good this year to look up there and see six and thirteen points, nineteen points total, through two ballgames. If our defense can hold up and keep playing that well and we keep getting our offense well and we get our quarterback’s little feet wet week by week, I think we are going to be better and I think we are going to get there. And I’m really proud of how well Quan Weaver ran the offense in the second half and I’m real proud of Justin Glenn. He did a wonderful job. He did as good as could be expected. That’s good for us. That’s depth. We played three quarterbacks tonight. We brought the young guy in and he finished out. I was proud to see all three of them do some things that were good for us. It felt good to see us get over 400 yards and score some points while our defense continued to play well,” Central Coach Jamey DuBose said.
Now, Central will travel to Auburn High’s Duck Samford Stadium Friday night to open Region 2 play. The No. 3 ranked Red Devils, who stopped a two-game losing streak to the Tigers last season with a 47-17 victory, will be looking to hand the Tigers, 1-1, their first region loss of the year. “We will enjoy this one tonight and get back to business. We have a big one with Auburn coming up. It’s our first region game. Our deal is to win the region. We are going to have to get ready and work hard this week to win. It can be done,” DuBose said.
Before last week’s victory over Harris County, Central’s offense had been mired in a two-game scoring slump – producing 13 points in their last two games dating back to a season-ending loss to Prattville High in the playoffs in 2014 – shook off the cobwebs as it got more players involved with a blend of speed and power football. The Red Devils drove from their own 34-yard line to the Harris County 1 before faltering. The first four running plays of the drive were power runs by Jaxton Carson and Justin Glenn up the middle of the Tigers defense. Then Jamaar Spivey ran 32 yards on a speed sweep. He had another sweep that put the ball at the Harris County 7 before Carson rumbled to the 1 with a six-yard carry. But, that was as far as the Red Devils would go as two of the next three plays resulted in errant snaps that gave the Tigers the ball at their 20-yard line after a missed 31-yard field goal attempt.
However, Central got the ball right back two plays later as Dru Daniels recovered a Harris County fumble on a handoff and returned it to the Tigers’ 1 with 7:23 left in the first quarter. Ravaughn Turner bulled his way in on the next play for the first of two touchdowns he would score and Central led 6-0. Central added six more points early in the second quarter as it drove 66 yards in 12 running plays with Turner scoring his second touchdown of the night with another one -yard run with 6:08 left in the first half.
The score went to 18-0 with Central’s second possession of the second quarter, set up by a Karon Delince interception that gave the Red Devils the ball at the Harris County 27 with 4:27 left in the half. After losing a yard on first down, Glenn tossed a perfect pass to the corner of the end zone to Justyn Ross for a touchdown.
The Central offense had 175 total yards in the half – 109 rushing yards and 66 passing yards. They would top that yardage in the third quarter alone. The Red Devils offense, after seeing Harris County go 72 yards in three plays with its initial possession of the second half to cut the score to 18-6, put a dagger in the heart of the Tigers’ defense by scoring on its first play of the second half – a 48-yard touchdown run by Quan Weaver. Weaver took over at quarterback after Glenn took the Red Devils to their 18-0 lead.
With their second possession of the third quarter, Weaver connected with Christian Allen on what would be a 60-yard touchdown pass. Allen took the pass near the line of scrimmage and dodged several Harris County defenders as he weaved his way into the end zone. Central led 32-6.
Then Carson capped a 49-yard drive with a seven-yard run for the points. The drive was set up by a Demetrius Pettway interception. Pettway returned the interception for what appeared to be a touchdown only to see the ball returned to the Harris County 49 because of a block in the back penalty against the Red Devils. No matter, Central put up the points five plays later with Carson’s touchdown run.
DuBose began substituting players late in the third quarter, but it did not stop the Red Devils from adding more points. Following a fumble recovery by Jalen Johnson at the Harris County 36, Central score on a three-play drive to make the score 45-6. Devonte Miles scored on a nine-yard run. That ended the scoring for the contest.
Central used 10 running backs, three quarterbacks and three receivers to total its 45 points and 469 offensive yards. Central’s defense, which played more than well enough to win in the season opener against Stockbridge, held Harris County to 192 total yards – 18 rushing yards and five passing yards – and six points.