Center blows past Clinton

Joe Caronia/PrepsKC

By Joe Caronia PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: November 5, 2016 - 12:35 AM

The Center Yellowjackets are Class 3 A, District 7, champions, as they rolled over the Clinton Cardinals 63 -27, to remain undefeated. The Yellowjackets quarterback threw five touchdowns before halftime.

The Cardinals got on the board first. Quarterback Jacob Goucher was running the option and at the last second, made a late pitch to Trey Miller who went around the end for a 49 yard touchdown. Miller also converted the kick.

The Yellowjackets answered on their next possession. Amaun Ryan found Christian Cox on a 7 yard slant, for the score. Ian Harmon converted the kick.

After the Jackets forced a punt, they drove 72 yards down the field with Rachaad White, scoring on a 7 yard run.

The Cardinals picked up 1 first down and were forced to punt again. The Yellowjackets head coach Bryan DeLong spoke before the game, “We have to capitalize on our opportunities, and hopefully get some points on the board early, something that we have been good at all year, and create some separation. They are a ball control offense.”

On the first play of the drive, Ryan threw a long pass to White for a 60 yard score. After the kickoff the Cardinals fumbled, and again only needed one play to score from 33 yards out, Ryan and White hooked up again.

The Cardinals tried to keep pace. Adrian Ransom dashed through the middle of the line for a 41 yard run, setting up the Cardinals in the “red zone”. Goucher kept the ball on a quarterback sneak and scored from 1 yard out. The PAT was no good as the snap was bobbled and the pass fell incomplete.

The Yellowjackets scored twice more in the last 2:51 of the half. The first one was from 46 yards out when Ryan found Norvell Trent streaking down the field.

Ryan found Langdon Douglas from 21 yards away, with just :43 left in the half, for his 5th touchdown pass, of the half. The Yellowjackets went to halftime up 42-13.

At 6:44 of the third quarter, Trent scored on an 11 yard.

Before the game, the Cardinals head coach, talked about his fear of turnovers, “We can’t turn the ball over, and we have to have them turn it over to give us a chance.”

The Yellowjackets defense not only forced two turnovers, they scored as well. R’Tez Dowdy picked off a pass and cut across the field picking up blocks along the way for a 61 yard pick 6. That was followed by John Taylor Jr. picking up a fumble and returning it for an 8 yard touchdown.

The Cardinals fought until the final whistle, with Zach Jones scoring on two touchdown runs of 6, and 4 yards. The Cardinals finished the season with a record of 9-3.

After the game junior quarterback Amaun Ryan smiled broadly as he deflected any praise, “It was just a team effort, I credit my line, I credit my defense, it was just a total team effort.”

DeLong talked about the next round of playoffs, “You know what’s down the road, everybody calls those (Maryville) Spoofhounds the machine, the machine of 3 A. We have earned an opportunity to go up there and measure ourselves against the best.”

The Maryville Spoofhounds are also undefeated.