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.

  • Nowhere to run

    LANDRUM – The most telling aspect in Central’s 28-0 playoff win over Landrum is found not in game’s statistics, but in the play-by-play game chart.
    Landrum had the ball 11 times.
    Five times Central’s defense stopped Landrum on three downs and forced a punt on fourth down.
    Once, the Central defense stopped a run on fourth down and another time, sacked the quarterback just before the half. 
    Three times the Central defense forced turnovers – interceptions by Daylan Robinson, Sebastian Richardson and JR Reid.

  • Central finishes regular season 6-4; Landum playoff opponent

    JR Reid scored two touchdowns, caught a long pass to set up a third touchdown, and accumulated enough yards last week against Lee Central to have a 1,000-yard rushing season.
    His personal critique?
    “I can do better,” Reid said following a 27-8 win at Lee Central on a sloppy field. The game came after a short week of practice and the chance of even more rain during the game.
    Reid scored Central’s longest touchdown of the year, a 91-yard burst off the left side of the Eagles’ line last Thursday.

  • Little suspense in Week 11 regionally; teams prep for playoffs

    South Carolina’s high school football season normally runs from week 0 – the first week of the season – to week 10, the final week of the regular season.
    Hurricane Florence played havoc with the schedule, forcing the high school league to add week 11.
    The result is a bye week for teams such as Chesterfield and Buford which have completed their 10-game schedule. Both get an off week heading into the playoffs.
    For teams such as Central and McBee, which missed playing scheduled games because of Florence, Week 11 means playing Friday.

  • Central’s Robinson selected for North-South game

    Central’s Daylon Robinson has been named to the North squad of the Touchstone Energy Cooperative Bowl.
    Eighty-eight South Carolina senior football players are selected for the game, 44 for North and 44 for the South squads.
    Coaches nominated 450 players. Central coach Trent Usher nominated all his seniors.
    Robinson was the only player from Chesterfield County and the 4-AA region picked for the all-star game.

  • Central volleyball tourney

    Central plays defending state champion St. Joseph’s in the opening round of the AA tournament on Wednesday.
    “We know our playoff game against St Joseph’s isn’t going to be easy by any means,” said Central coach Logan Parker.
    “We’re going on the road to play the defending AA state champions. Luckily though, we have had experience playing tough teams all season long in our region play.”

  • Central’s running, kicking game shine

    Coaches are paid to worry.
    Worry can turn to misery when things go bad.
    When things are going well, coaches worry things will quickly change.
    Central football coach Trent Usher had the worries last Friday when Central surged to a 17-0 lead over Andrew Jackson.
    “You always want to score, but are we scoring too quick?” Usher said. Would his team let up?

  • Central boys region champs

    Two pairs of runners helped Central reclaim the 4-AA Regional cross-country title.
    EJ Threatt, the defending champion, and Edgar Guzman finished one-two over the 5,000-meter course to lead Central on Thursday.
    The duo of Walker Kirkley and Gavin Edwards clinched the title, however, finishing 14th and 15th, giving Central a team score of 39 points, five points better than runner-up Andrew Jackson.
    Buford won the girls title with Central finishing second.
    Threatt led from start to finish on the course at Central High School.

  • Runaway champs: Central claims unofficial county title, holds Chesterfield scoreless

    Simply put, everything came together for Central last Friday in its rivalry game with Chesterfield.
    Offensively, it was running back by committee, four Eagle backs scored.
    Defensively, Central held Chesterfield to 106 yards.
    But most importantly, the Central team held Chesterfield scoreless for a 49-0 win.
    The shutout makes Central the unofficial Chesterfield County champions. Central beat Cheraw 33-13 earlier in the season. The last time Central defeated both its county rivals was in 2012.

  • 5 points, three losses

    Football games seldom come down to just one or two plays, but coaches from Chesterfield, Central, Cheraw, and McBee point a handful of plays and penalties last Friday that were the difference.
    The results?
    Central lost to Buford, 14-12.
    Cheraw lost to Lake City, 39-37.
    McBee lost to Blacksburg, 28-27.
    Five points, three losses.
    Chesterfield lost to North Central 47-20.

    Central falls to Buford