This week the bobcats traveled down the road for the always highly anticipated Battle of Broadway against the Fulton High school Falcons. Central fans were eager to see the momentum from last week’s 51-20 win over Cleveland carry on.
With a slower start to the game the Bobcats received the kickoff and attempted to score off the starting drive which lasted over half the first quarter. The drive ultimately resulted in a 4th down turnover with Fulton scoring off their first possession with 4 minutes left in the first quarter. The extra point was missed, 0-6 Fulton.
Central regained possession and drove until the end of the first half but came up short with quarterback Dakota Fawver, 2, running the ball out at the 35. At the start of the second quarter the score remains 0-6.
With Fulton scoring a field goal and the Bobcats scoreless in the second half, it with the Bobcats down 0-9.
As the second half starts possession changes multiple times but then Fawver connects to wide receiver Braden Gaston, 7, who runs the ball all the way from the 40 for the Bobcats’ first touchdown. Kicker Jared Swislowski makes the extra point. Score: 7-12.
Around four minutes into the third quarter Deonte White, 24, intercepts a Fulton pass giving the ball back to the Bobcats. The interception starts a drive lead by Fawver.
After multiple minutes of play Fawver completes a pass to Isaiah Osborne, 18, putting up
six more for Central. The Bobcats try for a two-point conversion but come up short making the score 13-12. For the first time this game, the Bobcats are ahead.
With 30 seconds left in the third, when it looks like the Falcons are just a play away from scoring, Central’s defence shows out stopping a fourth-and-one play. Number 21 Makai Anderson breaks through Fulton’s offensive line to sack their quarterback, giving possession back to the Bobcats.
About three minutes into the fourth quarter, Anderson steals another Fulton pass. Central once again gains control of the football.
The fourth quarter closes in the middle of a drive with Bobcat Nation preparing to celebrate. The final score: 13-12. The Central Bobcats defeat Fulton at home for the first time in 20 years. And Bobcat Nation went wild. This was definitely a second half to remember. Tonight’s win gives Central a 2-0 record, the opposite of last year’s start.
Next week is Homecoming and the Bobcats will be back home playing Sevier County.
All photos taken by Ella Wilds.
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