Last Friday evening, the Clinton Central Bulldogs traveled to Monon, Indiana to begin IHSAA Sectional 42 Round 1 of the 2020 High School Football Tournament. The Bulldogs played well and advance to Round 2 by defeating the Vikings 39-7.
The Bulldogs kicked off to the Vikings who came out strong and moved the ball down the field when Coach Kennedy’s safety, Leo DeLeon, interecepted a pass at the 5 yard line to end the Vikings drive. From this point forward, the Bulldogs controlled the game. Owen Smith [Central QB] orchestrated a 95 yard drive ending with a Central touchdown for Coach Boswell. The offensive line dominated the game for the Bulldogs as Running Back, Anthony Ransford gained 250 yards on the night with 3 rushing touchdowns, Daiden Taulbee ran for a 162 yards and 2 touchdowns and Owen Smith ran for 73 yards and one touchdown. The offense clicked due to the efforts of Zander Hall, Tyler Rayl, Hunter Salem, Riston Quick, Cael Albaugh, Brandon Premeaux, Logan Harris, Jacob Hall and Keegan Burnette.
Defensively the Bulldogs held the Vikings to 37 rushing yards for the night. Coach Kennedy’s defensive unit played outstanding all night long with each boy having a major contribution toward the victory. Leading the way with outstanding performances were Zander Hall with 8 tackles and an interception, Hunter Salem with 8 tackles with one QB sack, Tyler Rayl with 8 tackles, Owen Smith with 7 tackles, Leo DeLeon with 8 tackles and an interception. Up front the defensive line led by Brandon Premeaux, Hunter Salem, Riston Quick, Jaylon Brock, Logan Harris, Wyatt Royer and help from Anthony Ransford dominated the line play. Also contributing were Ethan Walker, Keegan Burnette, Conner Lunsford, Jaden Faucett, Zach Warthan, and Hayden Pratt made his debut in the defensive secondary.
This week the Bulldogs will play host to the defending Indiana State Champion Lafayette Central Catholic at Clinton Central stadium. The Knights enter the contest with a deceiving 3-3 record due to COVID-19 protocol and bring with them a very talented football team. This game will continue a long spirited rivalry that dates back when LCC was a member of the HHC. The Knights are well coached, play with outstanding character and will provide the Bulldogs with their greatest test of the season. The Central football team is excited to advance in the tournament and look forward to facing the Knights. This will be an exciting high school football contest. Good Luck Bulldogs!!!!!