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“I don’t know if it was a typical first game. I thought it was typical of having a lot of freshmen playing their first game,” said Central coach Luke Owens. “We had moments that I thought we looked really good, and then there were others.”
The Warriors had three freshman offensive starters and four freshman defensive starters.
Despite the youth movement on defense, Owens’ team was able to produce when it needed to.
“The first half I thought we played really well defensively, and then I think we kind of came in there and gave some in the second half. But when the defense had its back against the wall there, when we were up seven and they got the ball back, I think we did a heck of a job.
“I thought a lot of those young men grew up tonight.”
Both teams struggled in the early going but managed to get their offenses going in the second quarter.
Central started the scoring just four seconds into the second when C.J. Crabtree scored on an 11-yard run.
Crabtree led Central’s balanced rushing game with 84 yards on eight carries.
Eastside wasted little time responding. On the next drive, Spartans quarterback Jordan Rasnick completed a 47-yard touchdown pass to Nick Livingston, and Timothy Hill added the PAT to put Eastside up 7-6.
BOTH QUARTERBACKS SHINE
Rasnick finished the night completing 12 of 24 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns. However, he also threw three interceptions.
Central quarterback Isaiah McAmis also had a solid night for the Warriors, completed 8 of 14 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns.
Both touchdown tosses from McAmis — one for 7 yards and another for 25 — went to Ben Brickey, who hauled in four passes for 79 yards and two scores. Brickey also had an interception for the Warriors.
Eastside got a solid ground game from Garrett Whited, who had 98 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries, while Livingston hauled in four passes for 96 yards and a touchdown, and Grayson Whited added 92 yards and a touchdown on six carries.
In addition to throwing two touchdown passes to Brickey, McAmis also ran for a score. The Warriors also had touchdown runs from Noah Bolling and Matthew Boggs.
Eastside had its chances, but the Spartans were ravaged with five turnovers.
“We shot ourselves in the foot a little bit,” said Eastside coach Mike Rhodes. “Five turnovers, a couple of costly penalties.
“I can’t fault their effort. There to the end they fought tooth and nail. It’s not the outcome we’re going to become accustomed to. We’re going to work on protecting the ball more and cleaning up some penalties. I think the penalties really hurt us. But I think they’re all fixable.”