Tonight, Central was back on our home field to face the Seymour Eagles. Dan Y. Boring stadium was packed for this non-rivalry game. Bobcat Nation was hyped up coming into the game, they’d just won 5 Star Preps’ and South College’s Student Section of the week and was featured on WATE channel 6’s Friday Frenzy during their pregame tailgate. Everyone wearing red and black is ready for an intense game filled with big plays, a change from last week with a majority of points coming from field goals.
To start the game the Bobcats received at kickoff. After an aggressive drive, Central wasted no time scoring with a hand off to senior Jason Merritts, 11, who ran into the end zone through multiple Seymour defenders for a touchdown just past the two minute mark. The extra point was made by junior kicker Jared Swislowski, 19, putting the Bobcats up 7-0 early in the first.
With a few minutes left in the first quarter, Seymour gets on the board settling for a field goal, cutting Central’s lead to 7-3.
After a huge 50 yard run by junior Jaidin Horton, 16, the Bobcats are closing in on the end zone once again. A short pass from senior quarterback Dakota Fawver, 2, to junior Liam Fortner, 17, and the Bobcats have scored again late in the first half. Swislowski makes the extra point and the score going into the second quarter is showing Central up 14-3.
Multiple touchdown attempts were thwarted by penalties during the second quarter, but the Bobcats are successful with another hand off to Merritts who runs back into the end zone for his second time. The kick by Swislowski is good, growing Centrals lead to 21-3.
With only a few minutes left until the half, Fawver hands the ball off to senior Makhi Anderson, 21, who weaves his way through Seymour defenders for another Bobcat touchdown. the extra point is good setting Central up with a comfortable lead of 28-3.
Just when everyone thought the half was coming to a close, Fawver throws a quick pass to Liam Fortner who runs in for a fifth Bobcat touchdown and with another extra point from Swislowski Central is up 35-3 at the half.
A majority of the third quarter was back and forth drives between the Bobcats and the Eagles. But with the clock winding down on the third quarter and a huge first down play by Merritts, the ball is on the 10. On the next play Fawver dodges a Seymour defender and throws a pass to Anderson as he’s running toward the sideline. The pass is complete and results in a touchdown after Anderson dashes the final few yards into the end zone. With the extra point made the Bobcats are up 42-3.
Halfway into the fourth quarter, Horton takes a punt return all the way down the field to the end zone for yet another Central touchdown, bumping the score up to 49-3.
The bobcats coast through to the end of the fourth with a final score of 49-3.
Central’s defense worked incredibly hard tonight, holding Seymour to only three first downs. Kalib Fortner, 29, and Anderson both came away with sacks tonight and Fortner also had the team’s one interception.
Tonight’s win pushes the Bobcat’s winning streak once more now winning 19 games in a row. Central is 5-0 this season and will look to stay undefeated next week as they tackle another Knox Central from across our northern border in Kentucky. Next Friday is also senior night so come show your support for all our senior football players, band members, dancers, and cheerleaders.
Pictures by Ella Wilds.
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