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Central High

  • Central rallies for Usher's first win

    Trent Usher got his first victory as Central High School’s football coach Friday, a 21-18 come-from-behind win over McBee.

    Unlike previous games this season, each time McBee scored, Central answered – a sign of an improving football team, Usher said.

    Still, the Eagles are “doing the little things wrong,” Usher said. The defense contains opponents on first and second downs, but allows long third-down plays, often for touchdowns.

    “That is our Achilles’ heal,” Usher said.

  • Central girls win county cross-country championship

    By JANET HAIGLER

    For the Progressive Journal 

    Central’s girls won the Chesterfield County cross-country championship and also had the top individual finishers last Tuesday at McBee. 

    Five of the top six girl runners were from Central. Senior LaDaisha Louallen was first at 23:03 followed by Kirsten Dale, second (23:36); Isabella Mosley, fourth (25:24); Lizzie Outlaw, fifth (25:25); and Amber Leaird  sixth (25:41).

    Chesterfield was second and Cheraw third in the girls’ race. 

  • Central varsity posts first shutout

    Eagle’s Fright was the high school’s homecoming theme and Central’s on-field performance Friday may have put some fright into future opponents. 

    In a 36-0 shutout of Carolina Pride, Central:

    • Blocked two field goals, returning one for a touchdown,

    • Tackled the quarterback for a safety,

    • Faked a punt to keep a scoring drive alive,

    • Held its opponents to 37 yards total offense,

    • Passed for more than 220 yards,

  • Missed opportunities cost Central

    Central High School squandered two red zone opportunities and, again, gave up long runs for touchdowns, falling to Lee Central, 14-12 last Friday.
    Central is 3-4 overall and 2-2 in region play.
    If Central wins its remaining two region games against Buford and North Central it could finished third in the region and will likely have a playoff game on the road.

    BREAKING DOWN THE GAME

  • Junior Eagles corral the Stallions 22-8

    By Janet Haigler
    For the Progressive Journal

    Central’s Junior Eagles remained undefeated, beating the Junior Stallions of Lee Central, 22-8, last week.
    Three plays after the opening kickoff Central quarterback Shy McManus’ scored on a 15-yard run. The conversion attempt failed.
    Lee Central intercepted an Eagle pass on Central’s 10-yard line in the second quarter for its only touchdown. Lee Central made the two-point conversion to lead 8-6 at the half.

  • Central runners win North Central meet

    Central’s cross country team won a four-team meet at North Central last week. The Central girls were finished second to Buford.
    E.J. Threatt led the boys race at 18:24. Teammates Edgar Guzman were third (19:36), Walker Kirkley fourth (20:20), Tevin Cannon fifth (20:20), and Zykeim Bracey ninth (21:53).
    Central was six points behind Buford in the girls’ race. The top five Eagle runners were LaDasha Louallen, third (24:23), Kirsten Dale fourth (24:54), Lizzie Outlaw fifth (26:13), Amber Leaird tenth (27:48), and Isabella Mosley, sixteenth (29:29).

  • Junior Lady Eagles win two games, lose one

    Central’s JV volleyball team went 2-1 last week defeating South Pointe and McBee and losing to Buford.
    Against South Pointe Central won 25-17, 17-25, and 16-14.  At McBee Central won 25-8, 23-25, and 15-11. Against Buford Central lost in straight sets, 15-25 and 16-25.
    Thursday at Buford the Junior Yellow Jackets handed Central a defeat by scores of 15-25 and 16-25.
    The last regular season volleyball game is Tuesday at home against North Central.

  • Inseparable, Interchangeable

    The look.
    It is a barely noticeable twist of the head, a slight nod and instant eye contact.
    Nothing is said, but the message is clear.
    Central High School running back Ty Miller knows the look. When it happens, he almost wants to run to the sidelines to watch.
    “Something special is about to happen,” said Miller of teammate Kevon Wall’s nod to Quan Chambers.

  • 400! Central beats Chesterfield for milestone

    Central’s 35-28 win over Chesterfield on Friday was the 400th football victory since the school opened in 1976. 

    Overall, the Eagles are 400-123. 

    Al Usher, who coached at Central for 27 seasons, was 261-77. He was the school’s first football coach. His son, Trent, is 3-3 this season, his first as head coach of Central. 

    Joey Mangum, a current assistant coach, was 99-23 over nine seasons as the Eagles’ head coach. 

    Craig Hatcher was 37-20 over five seasons.

  • Central wins with total effort

    Central’s Eagles found consistency on offense, had big plays on defense, and made crucial special team plays for a 35-28 victory over Chesterfield last Friday.

    Coach Trent Usher said the game was a fans’ delight and many of the Eagle faithful made the short trip to Chesterfield. Eagle coaches said the vocal fans, particularly in the fourth quarter, made a difference in the game.