Center grinds past St. Pius X

By Scott Kendall PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: September 16, 2016 - 11:55 PM

Turnovers killed St. Pius in the end and Center stays perfect 5-0.

It took both teams a little bit of time to get things going. Center had the first opportunity to get on the board when they picked off an interception from Tommy Hoambrecker. But Pius X defense held its ground and forced a turn-over-on-downs.

On St. Pius X four possession, punt returner Joe Witherow fumbled the ball and Cristian Cox who forced the fumble also recovered the football giving Center great field position on St. Pius X own 40-yard line. Six-plays later, Norvell Trent punched in the touchdown from 2-yards out. The PAT was tacked on by Ian Harmon and Center struck first with a 7-0 lead.

St. Pius X gave up the ball again on their next possession on a fumble exchange and Jon Taylor, Jr of Center jumped on the loose ball. But, again St. Pius X defense stepped up once again and denied Center from putting points on the board.

St. Pius X needed to get into this game, but ran into another turnover. The pass was intended for Bobby McCoy, but was intercepted by Langdon Douglas; with another great field position for the Yellow Jackets on St. Pius X own 37-yard line.

Amaun Ryan of Center scampered with a 27-yard run and then a strike to Cristin Cox in the back left of the end zone for a 20-yard TD catch. The extra point by Ian Harmon, made the score 14-0 Center with 5:23 left in the first half.

Center would get the ball back when St. Pius X went three-and-out. It was all Amaun Ryan on this drive, going 4-4 for 85-yards, capping off the drive with a 20-yard strike to David Wilson throwing across his body to the right side of the end zone.

St. Pius needed to get something before the half and would do so on their next possession. Joe Witherow would redeem himself with a 48-yard return and then 4-plays later, Tommy Hoambrecker would run the ball in from 2-yards out. Hoambrecker would tack on the extra-point and St. Pius finally got on the board. At the half, it was Center with a commanding 21-7 score.

Center came out of the half ready to play. Logan Fox would take the ball on 2nd-and-20 and run right up the middle for a 60-yard touchdown run. Harmon would kick the extra-point and it was Center back to a 21-point lead.

The Warriors would get within 15-points when Tommy Hoambrecker ran in a 4-yard TD run. Set up again by a great return from Ryan Vutich of 26-yards. If St. Pius X could hold Center in check, maybe the Warriors could be within striking distance.

St. Pius X defense did its part by allowing no more points by Center. But, the offense needed to get some points, without turning the ball over. But, all-in-all, their offense stalled on three straight possessions and was unsuccessful in getting within striking distance. Center went on to win the game 28-13 and pushes their record to a perfect 5-0. In the end, 4-turnovers by St. Pius X was just too much to overcome.

St. Pius X quarterback, Tommy Hoambrecker had a rough day, going 14-32 for 191 passing yards and 11 carries for 26 yards and 2-TDs. Jack Wade led the defense with 6.5 tackles, 1.0 Sack, 1-tackle-for-loss. St. Pius X offense was just no match for Center's offense.

Center HS quarterback, Amaun Ryan finished 13-19 for 155 passing yards, 2TDs. Norvell Trent had 17-carries for 110-yards and 2TDs. Cristian Cox caught 8-passes on 9-targets for 118-yards and TD. David Wilson caught 2-passes for 24-yards and a TD. R'Tez Dowdy led the defense with 11-tackles. Rachaad White did pretty much everything, 9-yards on 4 carries; 25-yards and 2 catches; 75-return yards, 4-tackles and 2-defensive-interceptions.

St. Pius (2-3) will host Warrensburg (1-4) while Center (5-0) will look to stay perfect as they host Clinton (4-1).