FRANKLIN – After a back and forth first quarter, Wilson Central settled in and manhandled Centennial, 35-21, Friday.The Cougars scored two touchdowns in the final minute of the game to make the score a little closer, but Central was in control much of the game.
After a Centennial drive came up short on a field goal try, it took Central two plays to get the first score of the night. Trey Givens went right up the gut, 69 yards for the Wildcats first score.
Centennial answered with a 5-play, 80-yard drive, capped off by a 35-yard touchdown reception by Bailey Wisniowski.
It looked like Central was going to go three-and-out, but Jordan Roundtree was able to find Chris Lee for 22 yards on 3rd-and-17. Central converted two more third downs on the drive on an Alex Price run and the eventual touchdown catch by Lee for seven yards.
A few drives later, Central made some big plays on third down again, converting three times, including a 30-yard pass to Lee which set the Wildcats up at the 16-yard line. Roundtree found Lee again on the next play for a 16-yard score, giving Central the 21-7 lead going into the half.
The third quarter was scoreless, but Central was able to get two more scores in the fourth. A fourth-and-goal opportunity came up short for the Wildcats, but they stuffed Centennial and forced a punt. That set them up at the 27-yard line, and five plays later Givens scored from five yards out for the score.
Both teams fumbled on their next possessions, and another turnover, an interception by Eric Simmons was returned 58 yards for a Central score. Central led 35-7 at that point.
Centennial kept fighting and drove down for another Wisniowski score with 58 seconds left. Centennial popped up a bloop kick on the kickoff and recovered it at the 19-yard line. Wisniowski scored again with 43 seconds left.
Centennial decided to kick it deep, and Central was able to run out the clock to improve to 6-0 on the season.
Givens led the Wildcats in rushing 117 yards on 11 carries and two touchdowns. Lee had six catches for 95 yards and two scores. Roundtree was 11-for-21 for 154 yards and two scores.
Central is back home next week to host Portland. Kickoff is 7 p.m.