Central falls to Kee High, 56-34
The Central Warriors traveled to Lansing Friday to take on the Kee High Hawks. Central held its own in an exciting first half after the Hawks made the first score with 10:17 left in the first quarter on a 3-yard run by Dylan Peterson. The point after failed. With 5:31 left, Central’s Ben Backes tied the game on a 5-yard run. The extra point failed. Central scored again with 1:18 left in the quarter on an 11-yard pass from Derek Ehrhardt to Shawn Fults. The extra point failed but the Warriors were leading 12-6 at the end of the quarter.
Ehrhardt hit Fults again with a 19-yard touchdown pass with 10:35 left in the second quarter. The extra point failed. Kee scored with 7:26 left on a 31-yard run by Jameson Peterson, followed by a failed extra point. With 5:17 left in the half, Fults scored on a 14-yard run. A point after pass from Ehrhardt to Edosa Grau was successful. The Hawks scored with eight seconds left on a 2-yard run by Peterson. With a failed point after attempt, Central led 26-18 at the half.
The third quarter was all Kee High. Dylan Peterson scored on a 2-yard run with 10:37 left, followed by a good point after pass. With 7:39 left, Jameson Peterson scored on a 13-yard run and then made the good extra point run to give Kee High a 34-26 lead. Peterson scored again with 2:36 left on a 20-yard pass from Dylan Peterson. The point after failed.
In fourth quarter action, Dylan Peterson scored on a 3-yard run with 8:49 left. He then made a successful after point pass to Marquise Phillips. The Hawks final score came with 2:30 left when Clay Olson went in on a 2-yard run. The point after pass from Peterson to Peterson was good, giving the Hawks a 56-26 lead. Central put six more on the board with 1:45 left when Devon Franks scored on a 54-yard run. The point after run by Aaron Hoth was good, but the Warriors lost by a score of 56-34.
Ehrhardt was 5-13 in the air for 74 yards. Fults pulled in all five of those passes. Hoth rushed five times for 77 yards, followed by Franks, who had three carries for 54 yards. Ehrhardt had 15 carries for 33 yards. Patrick Tajarin carried the ball five times for 15 yards and Fults had one carry for 14 yards.
“We have been getting better each week,” Coach Tom Wilwert said. “We played very well for a stretch, but we had trouble sustaining it in the second half. We found some explosiveness in our offense, and we had contributions from many different players. Now we have to find some consistency in our offense.”
Central suffered a tough loss against the ranked Orioles on August 30. (Due to early print deadlines, the game score was not previously reported.) The final score was 62-0.
Starting quarterback Isaiah Hopp, broke his collarbone in the first quarter and will be out the rest of the season.
“Springville is a very good team, and they were a over match for the young players that are having to play,” Coach Tom Wilwert said “Our young guys are getting some good experience, but we have a lot of work to do. We will get this turned around, but it will take some time.”
By Pat McTaggart, Freelance Writer