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Central hands Beech 1st district loss since 2011

David Watkins

Chronicle Correspondent

Wilson Central did something that no District 9-AAA team had done in two seasons – beat Beech.

The Wildcats scored 23 unanswered points to come away with a 30-17 win. 

Beech started the game on fire.  They ran the ball down the field, daring Central to stop them. Central’s defense wasn’t able to as Beech jumped to a 7-0 lead with 9:17 to go in the first quarter.

A few possessions later, Central was able to take advantage of a mismatch as Jordan Roundtree hooked up with Gabe Angel on a 67-yard pass. The drive was capped by a 1-yard touchdown run by Kaleb Butler to tie the game at 7-7 with 3:51 to go in the first quarter.

The Buccaneers had another long drive that spanned the end of the first quarter and into the second. With 9:16 to go in the half, Carson Garrett caught a 16-yard touchdown pass to give Beech a 14-7 lead.

On their next drive, the Buccaneers were able to move into field goal range as they hit a 31 yard field goal to take a 17-7 lead.

On their final drive of the first half, Central was also able to move into field goal range with the help of a 45-yard pass from Roundtree to Zack Dover. Cavanough hit a 22-yard field goal with 46 seconds left in the half. The half ended Central down 17-10.

The second half was all Central. On their first drive Butler (who has been plagued by turf toe all season) had runs of one, six and 10 yards. Roundtree also hit Alex Price with a 46-yard pass. Angel finished up the dive with a 9-yard rush to tie the game at 17-17 just two minutes into the 3rd quarter.

Central again moved the ball behind the running of Butler and Price, with both also having catches. With 4:51 on the clock, Jordan Roundtree ran the ball into the end zone giving Central the lead for the first time on the night.Cavanough missed the extra point but Central now had a 23-17 lead.

Beech again moved the ball, but Central’s defense held strong as on a 4th down, inside their own 20, they kept Beech from gaining a first down. Central’s defense had two more big fourth down stops where both Weston Rountree and Preston Reed had sacks that turned the ball over on downs.

Toward the end of the game Cavanough missed a 30-yard field goal.  However, Central made up for it, taking advantage of a Reed sack on fourth down, giving themselves a very short field. Jordan Roundtree ran the ball in from four yards out. Cavanough hit the extra point and Central handed Beech a 30-17 loss, the first District loss for Beech in over two years.

Central has now worked themselves back into the playoff standings with the win. They are currently in quad three, which would see them going east if they put some wins together. Teams in their quad currently are Oakland, Blackman, Siegel, Smyrna, Cookeville, Bradley Central, Farragut. The quad and teams are subject to change based on what happens over the next three weeks. 

Next week Central is off but returns to play on Oct. 25 at home again Lebanon.

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