Wilson Central got in the win column in impressive fashion Friday, knocking off visiting Portland, 56-17.
It looked like Central’s Homecoming might be marred by a loss when Portland took the second play of the game 79 yards for a score. However, Central was not going to let that happen. Senior Weston Rountree took the very next play 71 yards to tie the game. The Wildcats never looked back.
On Portland’s second drive, Central’s defense pushed them back from the 20 to the 8-yard line, forcing them to go three and out. A bad snap on the kick allowed Central to take possession on the 1-yard line. On the next play Jordan Wilson ran the ball in for a 1-yard score and a 14-7 lead.
On the first play of their next drive, Portland fumbled the ball and Central recovered it on the 21 yard line. Two plays later Jordan Hooper carried the ball for 21 yards and a touchdown. At the 8:38 mark in the first half Central was up 21-7 after only running four plays.
On Portland’s next drive they began to move the ball, pushing down to Central’s 17-yard line. However, Central’s defense stepped up with the help of Senior Evan Juhnke’s sack, and Portland missed a field goal.
Two drives later, Central was again moving the ball. Jordan Wilson and Dakivian Moore had runs of 21 and 20 yards respectively. However, they stalled at Portland’s 35 yard line. Central’s Adam William’s attempted a 51-yard field goal, and it was straight, but fell short in the end zone.
Central’s defense only allowed two more first downs in the half, and gave up no points. Central’s offense was not done yet.
Central went on to score on their final three possessions of the half. Cody Ray had two good completions to Dakivian Moore (17 yards) and Blake Lea (8 yards) to keep the chains moving. The drive was capped off with a 15-yard run by Cody Ray. Central led 28-7.
On Central’s next drive Ray hit Hunter Wilson in stride for a monster 52 yard gain. A few plays later Dakivian Moore ran it in from four yards out to give Central a 35-7 lead.
On their last possession of the half, Ray hit Anthony Dobson for a 12-yard gain and Moore had a 23-yard run. The drive was capped off with a 6-yard run by Jordan Wilson. Central went into halftime with a 42-7 lead.
The third quarter started off rough for Central as they fumbled the first play of the half, but the defense held and Portland was not allowed to score, based in part to an 11-yard sack by Justin Lee that pushed Portland out of field goal range.
Central went three and out on its next drive, but Portland blocked the punt and recovered for a safety. Portland then went down the field and scored a touchdown, cutting Central’s lead to 42-17 with just under three to go in the third.
Central was not done making noise yet again as Tyler Bowes pick off a Panther pass to effectively end any hope the Panthers had of making it a game again.
Central’s offense had two more drives in them as Sophomore Blake Meadors led two scoring drives late in the fourth quarter.
On the first drive Central ran the ball all six plays of the series, easily moving the ball from their own 27-yard line, pounding the ball. Conner Walls found the end zone on a 6-yard rush to give Central a 49-17 lead.
As time was ticking down Central put together one last drive, with Eric Sharks taking the first rush of the series and capping off the drive with a 4-yard touchdown. Central won the game by a score of 56-17.
Central’s offense was hitting on all cylinders as they amassed almost 500 yards of total offense.
Next week Central continues their five game home stand to open the season with a visit from Cleveland (1-2) who is coming off their first win of the season in a 23-21 victory over Cookeville.