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Central punches ticket to playoffs

David Watkins

Chronicle Correspondent

Wilson Central earned a spot in the playoffs Friday, with a 25-20 win over Gallatin. 

The Wildcats will open the postseason with undefeated Oakland Friday at 7 p.m.

In the Gallatin game, Central’s defense came out to play and allowed no yards on the Green Wave’s first drive, forcing a 3-and-out. Central’s offense also was clicking as they went 40 yards in six plays to take an early 7-0 lead. Alex Price and Jordan Roundtree had big runs of 11 and 10 yards respectively and then Roundtree hit Blake Lea in stride for a 21 yard touchdown.

On the third play of Gallatin’s next drive, the Green Wave were facing a 3rd-and-3. Preston Reed got pressure on the quarterback and Kyle Coombs stepped in front of the pass, picked it off and took it 25 yards for a Central touchdown.  Central had an early 14-0 lead.

On the Green Wave’s next drive they slowly moved the ball down the field. They went 74 yards down to Central’s 6 yard line. Gallatin went for it on 4th-and-6 but threw an incomplete pass.  Central took over and fumbled the ball on their first play, giving Gallatin the ball on Central’s 5.  Gallatin went for it on 4th-and-5 and got into the end zone. Central’s lead was now cut to 14-7.

Gallatin marched down the field and with time running out, pulled Central off sides to convert a fourth down. A few plays later Gallatin scored a 36 yard touchdown. The extra point was wide right and Central took a lead into halftime 14-13.

Central came out after the half and after a 49-yard run by Kaleb Butler, Roundtree hit Zack Dover with a 6-yard touchdown pass. Central went for two and Roundtree hit Lea who was standing alone in the end zone.  Central took a 22-13 lead in the third.

Again Gallatin couldn’t move the ball.Central took advantage of a tipped punt by Cavanaugh to start with great field possession. Other than an offensive pass interference penalty that brought Central within field goal range, Central couldn’t move the ball.  However, Cavanough was able to hit a 40 yard field goal increasing Central’s lead to 25-13.

Gallatin was able to score one more time but it was with less than five minutes to go in the game.  Central came away with the win 25-20.

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