SJ Central blanks Ruskin for first win

By Cole Young PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: September 2, 2016 - 10:45 PM



Once Central found a way to overcome its own miscues, Ruskin didn’t have much of a chance.

The Indians struggled to hold onto the ball throughout the first half, but when they did, points usually found a way onto the board.

After that, Central had little problems in its Suburban Conference Red opener Friday night, rolling to a 38-0 victory at Noyes Field.

The win is the first at Central for Phil Pitts, who said prior to this contest that if there is a must-win game, this fell in that category.

“This win feel awesome,” said Pitts, who posted 40 wins at Jefferson City Helias. “The number one thing, the boys put so much work and so much time in, I want them a chance to feel good for themselves. The biggest thing is I’m super happy and super ecstatic for them. I couldn’t be happier they got an opportunity to do that.”

Central (1-2, 1-0) looked to be rolling three plays into the game, moving to the Ruskin 6-yard line after double-digit runs by Izzy Smith of 16 and 12 yards. A fumble on the fourth play of the game on a high snap was recovered by Shakespeare Williams and he ran the ball back to the Central 35-yard line before being tackled.

The Indians’ second and third drives also featured fumbles, the latter was recovered by Diego Ruesta at the Ruskin 13-yard line.

The first fumble-free drive for Central came late in the first quarter, with only two plays needed to score. Khalik Henderson gained 21 yards on a carry before Dawson Page hit Andrew Lindstrom for a 15-yard touchdown.

Central fumbled the ball once more in the first quarter, ending the opening 12 minutes with 7 points and 5 fumbles.

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