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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 nears mid-point of volleyball season

    Central won the deciding fifth set against Chesterfield last week to improve to 3-4 overall and 2-3 in the region.
    Coach Logan Parker said the game with Chesterfield was the best her team has hit this season. Payton Evans came off the bench to lead the team with seven kills. “We had more kills than any other game,” Parker said.
    Evans played in the deciding fifth set which Central won, 27-25.
    Earlier in the week, Central lost to Buford in four sets.
    Central plays Andrew Jackson on Tuesday and McBee on Wednesday.

  • 'We wanted it more'

    Central’s defense scored two touchdowns.
    Central’s offense had two long-strike scores, a 72-yard run by JR Reid and a 70-yard pass from running back Sebastian Richardson to receiver Ron Benjamin.
    But it is an eight-minute, 80-yard drive in the fourth quarter that excites Central coach Trent Usher.
    “We just kept pounding. We didn’t do anything fancy,” he said. “We wanted it more than they did.”

  • Central can’t maintain volleyball momentum

    Central made runs, and briefly held a the lead in the final set, before losing to defending state “A” volleyball champion Lewisville last week. 

    Lewisville rallied to take a 26-24 game win and the match in three games. (25-18, 26-16, 26-24.)

    The Lewisville match came after Central posted a three-game victory over Cheraw, 25-18, 25-16 and 25-22. 

    In the final match last week, Central lost to North Central, 25-16, 25-9 and 25-9. 

  • Braves claim the bell in annual rivalry with Chesterfield, 34-20

    The bell at the annual rivalry between Chesterfield and Cheraw can be obnoxious, especially when it goes off and you are standing beside it, unaware. 

    It is even more unsettling when you are surrounded by Cheraw football players who are intent on ringing and ringing and ringing the ball. 

    It is most intense when the Cheraw players are yelling at full volume, celebrating not only a rivalry win, but the Thursday Night football trophy for a television game. 

  • Inconsistency Central’s problem

    There has been one constant in Central’s last three games with perennial Class A powerhouse Lamar – the Eagles have failed to score.
    Friday it was a 23-0 loss. The year before it was 28-0, and before that, 31-0.
    So when Central trailed 10-0 at the half, Central fans looking for hope had something to talk about.
    Lamar entered the game averaging 57 points per game. Last year, Lamar averaged 45 points a game. This year and last year combined Lamar has had six games of more than 50 points.

  • Central hosts defending ‘A’ state champ today

    Central’s volleyball team faces its first big challenge of the season this afternoon at home, facing defending state champion Lewisville.
    Lewisville, the “A” champion, moved up to AA and is in the region with Central.
    “We need to start strong and finish strong,” said first-year coach Logan Parker.
    Central opened its season with a five-set loss to South Pointe, followed by a three-set win over Lee Central.
    After the South Pointe loss Parker changed Central’s rotation, going to a single setter, Kylie Sims.

  • Central football needs to improve quickly following 32-point loss, says Usher

    In last Friday’s 46-14 loss to Broome, Central:

    • Never found an offensive rhythm. The Eagles struggled to get enough players on the field, struggled to get the play signaled in, and the result of was delay-of-game penalties and timeouts. 

    • Failed to tackle and to defend. Broome had 524 yards in total offense, evenly split between the pass and the run. 

  • Experience surrounds new Central volleyball coach

    Logan Parker, Central’s first-year volleyball coach, is surrounded by experience, on and off the court.
    On the court, Central returns seven seniors: Kylie Sims, Kylie Mangum, Leah Stegall, McKensie Arant, Brianne Middleton, Madison Quick and Taylor Sowell.
    With seven seniors – and just six spots on the court – Logan is confident there will be leadership on the floor.
    Off the court, Ellen Middleton, Parker’s boss at Pageland Elementary, has agreed to help her former student as needed. Middleton coached Parker at Central.

  • New players, same playbook

    Central High School football coach Trent Usher doesn’t want to make the same mistake twice.
    So, as he starts his second year as the Eagles coach, he is putting more emphasis on preparing a back-up quarterback.
    He doesn’t want a repeat of last year when he lost starter Kevon Wall after the season opener.
    Usher is, however, using the same formula to find a replacement.