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Central High

  • 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. 

  • Central secondary shines

    One word describes Central’s 28-7 win over Andrew Jackson last Friday – defense.
    Not only did the Central defense hold Andrew Jackson to less than 100 yards in total offense – 97 to be exact – defensive backs Quan Chambers and Kevon Wall had “pick-six” interceptions, scoring on 30- and 50-yard plays.
    Ty Miller led the team with 11 tackles and Alex Martinez had nine, John Funderburk, eight.  

  • Buford, Cheraw take top slots in cross country meet

    By JANET HAIGLER
    For the Progressive Journal

    Central’s girls’ and boys’ cross country teams placed second on their home course Thursday.
    In the girls’ race Buford won with 32 points to continue to lead the region. Central had 47, Chesterfield, 70 and Lewisville, 79
    Cheraw won the boys’ race, edging Central by seven points, 38 to 45. Chesterfield was third with 103 points, followed by North Central, 108; Lewisville, 109; and Buford, 111.

  • Junior Eagles remain undefeated after heart-stopping overtimes at AJ

    By JANET HAIGLER
    For the Progressive Journal

    It took a defensive stand to force overtime, and another in the second overtime to win, as Central’s junior varsity football team remained undefeated, 42-40, over Andrew Jackson.
    Andrew Jackson forced a fumble with 1:21 left in regulation, taking over a midfield. Two plays later, the Junior Volunteers tied the game with just seconds remaining, 26-26. Central’s defense held on the conversion attempt, forcing overtime.