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Central explodes for 28 in the 2nd, beat Gallatin, 35-13

David Watkins

Chronicle Correspondent

Wilson Central used a 28-point second quarter en route to a 35-13 win over Gallatin Friday. 

The first quarter was a battle of field position.  Gallatin received the kickoff and did not attempt to hide their game plan at all.  It was clear that they planned to use a heavy doses of Darian Banks to run the ball and they dared Wilson Central to stop them.  They had some success on this drive, getting three first downs. Banks was involved in six of the eight plays on this drive, with five of them being running plays. Central’s defense was able to hold, in part, thanks to a sack, that stopped Gallatin’s momentum.

The rest of the first quarter was all about field position but neither was able to get any points on the board. 

As the second quarter opened, it appeared that Central was beginning to lose the battle of field position as Gallatin was making it around mid-field during their drives.  However, during the second quarter, Central started rolling.  On the first play of the second quarter, Gallatin’s kick was blocked and Alex Price took the ball 47 yards for Central’s first score of the season.  The extra point was good and Central jumped to a 7-0 lead.

Central held Gallatin to a three-and-out and got the ball back. 

Central went on an eight play drive, that included a great fourth down catch by Chris Lee. The drive was capped of by a quarterback keeper, as Jordan Roundtree ran it in from the 1-yard line.  The extra point was good and Central took a 14-0 lead.

Central’s defense again stood up and forced Gallatin to go three-and-out. Price stepped up on special teams again as he took Gallatin’s punt all the way back for a touchdown. The extra point was good and Central jumped out to a commanding 21-0 lead over Gallatin.

Seeing that if they did not do something quickly the game would soon be out of hand, Gallatin moved the ball up to their own 44 in two plays with a  run from Banks and a pass from Campbell to Tamryck Franklin. However, three plays later, Central took advantage of a bad snap and recovered the ball on their own 47 yard line.

After getting off to a slow start, it was now Lee’s turn to get involved.  He caught the first pass of the drive and took the ball down to Gallatin’s 20-yard line.  Two plays later, Lee then caught another pass for a 20 yard touchdown. The extra point was good and Central was clearly in the driver’s seat with a score of 28-0 and only 3:42 to go in the half.

Gallatin had the ball two more times in the half and Central had one more possession, but neither offense was able to move the ball. The half ended with Gallatin throwing an incomplete pass into Central’s end zone.

Central started the second half on their own 37 and marched down the field with five consecutive running plays. Central’s Kaleb Butler  and Tim Fitzgerald took the lead running the ball.  The drive was capped off by a pass to Lee for a touchdown. The extra point was good and Central’s lead was 35-0.

Some Central backups got some early season work in with the big lead, and Gallatin was able to get two scores on the board late. 

Central’s Jordan Roundtree was 6-for-11 through the air for 112 yards.  The Wildcats had 11 different players with rushes, and Kaleb Butler led them with six rushes for 36 yards.  Chris Lee led receiving with 5 catches for 98 yards and two touchdowns.

Wilson Central must go on another road game this week as they visit LaVergne, whom they lost to by four points last year. LaVergne lost to Antioch Friday night by a score of 20-12. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.


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