Central overwhelms Warriors
Senior night recognition scheduled for halftime instead took place after Friday’s Peabody-Burns football game, as Central of Burden routed the Warriors 62-14 in just two quarters.
After giving up a 63-yard drive and touchdown in the opening 90 seconds of the game, Peabody-Burns took just 40 seconds to answer on a 48-yard sprint for a score by Jess Philpott. After Bryant Young hooked up on a pass to Matthew Montigny for the two-point conversion, the Warriors held an early 8-6 lead.
A minute later, Central was back on top. Capitalizing on a 43-yard pass play to the Warriors 20, Nathan Delaney scored and the Raiders picked up the two-point conversion to lead 14-8.
The Warriors looked as if they were going to answer right back, marching from their own 20 to the Central 8, aided by two major penalties. But Central interception snuffed out the drive, and effectively put the brakes on the Peabody-Burns offense.
Central took three minutes to grind its way down the field for a 4-yard scoring pass, and was on the board again a minute later on a 24-yard interception return for a touchdown. A 7-yard Central touchdown run put the visitors up 36-8 at the end of the first quarter.
Peabody-Burns had no answers on defense for the bigger Central offensive eight, as the Raiders continued to score at will in the second quarter, aided by the Warriors’ inability to move the ball and good field position.
With 1:25 left in the half, Central capped its scoring barrage with a 2-yard plunge to make the score 62-8.
The Warriors had a consolation feel-good moment on the ensuing kickoff, which Philpott fielded at the 1-yard line and blazed 79 yards for a touchdown.
An attempted onside kick by the Warriors sailed out of bounds, handing the ball over to Central at its own 25, where it ran out the clock for the 62-14 victory.
The Warriors gave up 353 yards to Central while netting just 112 of their own. Philpott gained 66 yards on 8 carries. Montigny hauled in 4 receptions for 38 yards.
Peabody-Burns will travel Thursday to Dexter to take on Cedar Vale in the final game of the season. Game time is 7 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 25, 2017