Center tops Warrensburg to stay unbeaten
By Sean Kosednar PrepsKC staff writer
It was all about the big plays when Center High School put their undefeated record on the line as they took on Warrensburg. The scoring started fast and furious, but CHS came out on top 50-28.
The Tigers drew first blood as junior running back Mike Flores took the first snap around the right side and 76 yards for a touchdown.
“It was like we weren’t prepared to play,” Center head coach Bryan DeLong said. “They were 2-4 and we were 6-0, but I told the kids all week that’s the best 2-4 team I have seen. Maybe it woke us up. Maybe the kids realized ‘Coach ain’t lying.’”
It only took the Yellowjackets four plays to respond. Junior Norvel Trent broke a long run to the Warrensburg 10 yard line. Trent then capitalized on the next play. A two-point conversion would tie the game at 8.
“Number two Norvel Trent is a pretty special player,” DeLong said. “Teams must focus on him, and when they do it opens things up for the other guys who are pretty good players as well.”
The first quarter scoring would continue for the Yellowjackets as Trent had another 10 yard scoring run sandwiched between two long touchdowns by Rashad White.
White’s first came from 25 yards out as he caught a swing pass to the right side and beat the defense to the end zone. His second touchdown was over 50 yards. White caught a short pass on right boundary, broke a tackle, and ran the rest of the way untouched to pay dirt.
“Rashad didn’t play the first four weeks due to injury,” DeLong said. “Norvel took [the starting spot] over, and now we have two starting running backs back there. We are pretty blessed to have those two athletes.”
Still in the first quarter, Tiger quarterback Ben McClung threw a swing pass to his right after a three step drop. The ball floated through the outstretched arms of the defensive end and into the hands of Flores. Flores then sped down the sideline 66 yards for his second touchdown of the night.
“[Flores] works hard every day, tries hard in the classroom, and most importantly he is a good person,” Warrensburg head coach Scott Grinde said, “but he needs to keep working hard to get better every day as well.”
Any momentum Warrensburg might have had was killed after the ensuing squib kick was returned to the 8 yard line by junior Langdon Douglass. The Yellowjackets scored on the next play when sophomore quarterback Amaun Robinson hit senior Robert Gillium for the easy touchdown.
Robinson was just getting started. The sophomore added two more rushing touchdowns in the first half.
White capped off the first half scoring with a 14 yard run up the middle.
A running clock due to Center’s lead caused the third quarter to fly by. The Tiger’s didn’t show any quit though. Sophomore Bryan Knapper finished a 65-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run. One possession later freshman Nieves Gonzalez ran in from two yards out this time ending a 45-yard drive.
“Those touchdowns showed we will keep working and not give up the fight,” Grinde said. “That wasn’t anywhere close to the result I was hoping for, but we got to build on something and hopefully we can build on that.”
Center takes its 7-0 record on the road to O’Hara, and Warrensburg is home to Nevada.
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