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Central dominates second half, blows out Shelbyville, 51-26

David Watkins

Chronicle Correspondent

Wilson Central racked up over 300 rushing yards and limited the Golden Eagles to six second half points en route to their dominating 51-26 win over Shelbyville Friday.

Shelbyville started off with the ball and went 80 yards in seven plays to score on their opening drive. However, they missed the extra point so the score was only 6-0.

Central opened up with a 26-yard pass from Jordan Roundtree to Chris Lee. That was followed up with runs by Trey Givens, Tim Fitzgerald and Alex Price. Trey Givens ended the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run. Brad Cavanough kicked the extra point and Central took the lead 7-6.

Shelbyville took the next possession 75 yards in 12 plays for a score. The Golden Eagles had to convert a fourth down and a pass almost intercepted by Nick Grant during the drive. The extra point was no good and Shelbyville’s lead was 12-7.

On the fourth drive of the game it was Central’s turn. Roundtree had a pass to Price. Fitzgerald, Givens, and Price each had rushes. The drive was capped by a 3-yard rush from Givens for his second score of the night. Cavanough kicked the extra point and Central re-took the lead 14-12.

On Shelbyville’s third possession, Central’s defense stepped up, in part to a big stop by Andre Corder and forced a three and out. As Shelbyville punted, Kyle Coombs blocked the punt.  Central started with the ball on Shelbyville’s 38-yard line. Central ran the ball straight at Shelbyville with runs by Kaleb Butler and Fitzgerald, capped by a 7-yard touchdown run by Price.  Cavanough kicked the extra point and Central moved out to a 21-12 lead.

Shelbyville then went on a 70-yard, 13-play drive to score with no time left in the half. Their two point attempt was good and Central went into halftime with a 21-20 lead.

After the half, Central came out and was only able to get one first down before being forced to punt. Cavanough had a great punt and backed Shelbyville up on their own three. Shelbyville began to move the ball when Kyle Coombs stepped up with a big interception and returned the ball to the 15. Central wasn’t able to get a first down but Cavanough made a 41-yard field goal to extend Central’s lead to 24-20.

Central defense again forced a three and out.

The Wildcats quickly and methodically moved the ball with Roundtree completing a pass to Lee and Givens, Price, Butler and Fitzgerald all getting carries. Fitzgerald took the ball in from the four. Cavanough kicked the extra point and Central lead was now 30-20.

Central defense continued to hold as they forced another three and out. On the punt, Andre Corder got a hand on the ball and Central took over with the ball around mid-field.

Central kept the ball on the ground with Price, Angel and Butler rushing the ball. Angel ran the ball in from the two. After Cavanough kicked the extra point, Central had a commanding lead of 37-20.

Central again forced Shelbyville to go three and out.

The Wildcats then gave Shelbyville a heavy dose of Givens, capped by a 22-yard rush by Coombs to bring the score to 44-20.

On Shelbyville’s next play, Coombs came up with an interception to set up Central’s final scoring drive. They again showed Shelbyville a heavy dose of Butler who took the ball in from the 10, bring the score to 51-20 in favor of Central.

Shelbyville put together a late scoring drive to bring the final score of 51-26.

Central had over 300 yards in rushing and six different runners scored, with Givens scoring two touchdowns on his 18th birthday. Additionally, by scoring 51 points, Central set a new school record.

This week Wilson Central (4-0) will travel to Lebanon (0-4) to play at their new field. The game starts at 7 p.m.


Photo by Derek Whited/Cedar City Images

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