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Central remains unbeaten

Clanton breaks up close game
Posted 2018-10-18 By LARRY BEAZLEY

 

 

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Central's Shane Watson follows blockers through the Clarke County defense Friday in Woodstock. The Falcons defeated Clarke, 35-20 in their first foray into Bull Run District competition. Watson carried the ball 19 times for 94 yards and scored a touchdown to keep the Falcons unbeaten at 6-0.

 

 Sonja Graham/The Free Press

Central quarterback Zeb Dyer unloads a pass over a Clarke County defender Friday in a game the Falcons won, 35-20.

 

Central’s Kyle Clanton returned a third quarter kickoff 99 yards Friday night to break open a close game and keep the Falcons unbeaten in a game against perennial Bull Run District power Clarke County, 35-20.

   For Clanton, it was a classic. It came on his 18th birthday.

   Central was up 14-7 after the break, but Clanton’s burst up the middle after taking the kickoff at his own one yard line sealed the deal. It gave the Falcons a 21-7 lead, too much for Clarke to overcome against Central’s stingy defense.

   Central took the lead early when running back Shane Watson burst through the Clarke line to score from six yards out in the first quarter. Reliable Alex Lopez booted the PAT, his first of five for the night.

   Clarke tied the game in the second period on a 30-yard pass from quarterback Colby Childs to wide receiver Trey Trenary with 5:48 remaining. Nicholas Bahamonda kicked the point after. It was the first time this season an opponent had scored against the Central defense.

   The Falcons came back before the half to go ahead on a 13-yard pass from quarterback Zeb Dyer to Christian Spitler. Central was up 14-7 at the break.

   Clanton’s sprint to the end zone to open the third period broke Clarke’s prospects of an upset.

   Leading 21-7, Dyer connected with Trent Williams Jr. for a TD from the 30 yard line to give Central a lead Clarke could not overcome, 28-7..

   With six seconds left in the third period, Clarke quarterback Childs found Peyton Rutherford pen at the two for a TD to keep the Eagles in the game, 28-14.

   Each team would score again in the final period.

   Childs threw to Peyton Rutherford for a 68-yard touchdown in the final period, but the PAT was blocked.

   Central’s Hunter Mullins bulled his way into the end zone from the four in the closing minutes of the game to complete the Falcons’ scoring.

   Dyer completed five of six passes for 67 yards. Shane Watson carried 19 imes for 94 yards and a touchdown. Clanton carried seven times for 80 yards and a touchdown, and Mullins carried nine times for 52 yards and a touchdown.

   Rutherford was Clarke’s leading rusher, carrying 11 times for 108 yards.

   Central, now 6-0, travels to Madison County Friday.