Last Friday evening the Central football team traveled to Delphi and lost 58 to 32. The game started out with Central having a slow start as Delphi jumped up 14 points midway through the first quarter. It looked at this point to be a potential blow out, but Coach Boswell and the offense led by senior quarterback Owen Smith started on Central’s own 13 and traveled 87 yards with Anthony Ransford scoring and Owen Smith adding the 2 point conversion. This was a significant move forward as it would have been easy for the Bulldogs to lose concentration but due to the efforts of the offensive line [Z.Hall, Rayl, Salem, Quick, Albaugh, Royer, Premeaux, Harris and J. Hall] the boys would not give up and played hard to score against an outstanding Class 2A senior dominated team. On the next series, Coach Kennedy and the defense went to work as the defense created a fumble and Central again had an opportunity offensively. Owen Smith found Logan Harris in the secondary and Logan ran through a host of defenders to score and tie the game up. Anthony Ransford added the 2 point conversion and Central was up on the 5-2 Oracles! Then half of the lights went out and there was a delay. When play resumed all momentum switched back to Delphi and Central fell behind.
Overall the game ended by a score of 58 to 32 but there were many positives that the coaches, players and community can take from this game. First, the boys did not get beat up, they got beat but played toe-to-toe with an outstanding Delphi team all evening long. This has been a difficult season for the Bulldogs as they are in their toughest stretch while loosing potentially 3 wins due to game cancellations because of COVID-19 protocol. The Bulldogs could easily be 6-2 heading into a showdown against senior dominated and state ranked Tri-Central this week. It has been difficult especially after the cancellation a week ago against Carroll when we prepared all week only to find out on Friday afternoon that we would not be able to play.
Through all that has happened thus far our young men have practiced hard, learned a new system [with limited practice time], had to deal with a new coaching staff, deal with key injuries and have not lost their focus or drive. It is a true testament the character of the young men playing Central Football which is based on tradition and excellence. The program is in the early stages of developing the key concept of ‘TEAM OF ONE’ and each week the boys have worked to embrace our team focus and that is to get BETTER!
This week we travel to Tri-Central who currently are 6-2 and a very good senior dominated team similar to Delphi. The Bulldogs will again go out and represent our community with dignity, unity and personify character! We are on the verge of beating a team that is very good and the boys will work hard this week to be ready next Friday evening.
Coach Gilbert was especially excited about several boys and how they played! Ethan Walker had a great game defensively as did Tyler Rayl, Zander and Jacob Hall, Owen Smith, Daiden Taulbee Hunter Salem and Leo DeLeon. Offensively, Owen Smith leads the team with great decisions and leadership skills, along side him Anthony Ransford, Keegan Burnette, Daiden Taulbee, Matthew Harker, Logan Harris, all made major contributions along with the offensive line, Premeaux, Royer, Quick, Albaugh, Salem, and Rayl. Several boys got on the field for the first time and gained varsity experience: Jaylon Brock, Jaden Faucett, Camden Coverdale, Zach Warthan and Fife Deck.