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Central dominates Lebanon, 44-6

David Watkins

Chronicle Correspondent

On Friday night, Lebanon paid a visit to Wilson Central, hoping to end the Wildcats playoff hopes.  Although Lebanon has no chance at the playoffs, several teams are still striving for a playoff spot in District 9-AAA.

Lebanon took an early 6-0 lead in the game and kept the game close going into halftime only down 13-6. However, Central came out ready to play in the second half scoring 31 unanswered points to win the game 44-6.

Central was able to move the ball in the first, but on the fourth play of the drive, Jordan Roundtree fumbled the ball.  One play later Lebanon’s Taye Davis went 29 yards for a score.  The extra point was no good and Lebanon took a 6-0 lead with 7:17 to go in the first quarter.

Roundtree led the Wildcats down the field on their next drive, hitting Anthony Dobson with a 20 yard pass and rushing 18 yards.  On 3rd-and-15 from Lebanon’s 41, Roundtree hit Zack Dover who took it all the way for a touchdown.  Central missed their extra point and the game was tied at 6-6.

Both defenses held strong until late in the second quarter.  Roundtree hit Gabe Angel for 14 yards and then found Alex Price for a 30 yard reception. Two plays later, Roundtree found Price in the end zone for a 14-yard touchdown catch. Central took a 13-6 lead at the half.

The second half started off slow until Cody Ray, who was punting in the place of Cavanough, stuck a punt inside Lebanon’s 1 yard line.  On the next play Dalton Graves came up with a tackle in the end zone for a safety.  A few plays later, Central took advantage of a short kick and great return when Vic Johnson ran it in from 8 yards out.  Central took a 22-6 lead.

Central capitalized on all of its possessions in the fourth quarter. Zack Dover caught a 16-yard touchdown, Kaleb Butler ran it in form the 1, and Jordan Wilson ran it in from 11 yards out.

On the night Roundtree was 11-for-19 for 193 yards and three touchdowns.

The game this Friday against Gallatin (6-3) will determine Central’s playoff hopes. The top two teams in each district early automatic playoff berths (Hendersonville and Station Camp) while the remainder of the field is slotted in order of ranking according to several factors. Central is right on the cusp of making it in, and a win should solidify a spot. 

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