Central High

  • 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

    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

    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.

  • Lady Eagles face Chesterfield today

    Central’s junior varsity volleyball team lost two games last week, falling to Cheraw and Andrew Jackson.
    Against Cheraw, Central won the first set 25-19, before losing 24-26 and 11-15. Against Andrew Jackson, Central fell 25-13 and 25-18.
    Results of the varsity games were not available at press time. Central plays Chesterfield today and is at Lee Central Thursday.

  • Central coaches praise effort against Cheraw

    Much was riding on last week’s matchup between Central and Cheraw high schools.
    It was the 41st meeting between the two football teams. Each had won 20 games.
    Not only was it a rivalry game, the winner would have the momentum in Region IV.
    The result was an “old-school Central-Cheraw football game,” said Eagles coach Trent Usher.
    It was a back-and forth game. It wasn’t pretty. There were fumbles, interceptions and a couple of calls Central and Cheraw fans will argue for years to come.

  • Central volleyball teams swept

    For the Progressive Journal
    Central lost two critical region volleyball games last week, falling in three sets to Buford and North Central.
    Buford won 25-8, 25-13, and 25-12 on Tuesday at Central. North Central won, 25-8, 25-19, and 25-8, on its home court.

  • Junior Eagles are 3-0 on the gridiron

    For the Progressive Journal

    The Central High junior varsity football squad remained undefeated, coming from behind to defeat Cheraw, 26-16.
    Cheraw threatened first but the Eagles’ defense held tough, keeping their opponent out of the end zone from 20 yards away. Central was unable to get the offense going and punted after three downs. Just two plays later, Jamie Parks recovered a fumble on the Braves’ 35 but the Junior Eagles were unable to capitalize on Cheraw’s blunder.

  • Cross country meet Thursday

    Central’s cross-country teams did not compete last week. Tuesday’s meet at Chesterfield was cancelled and North Central rescheduled its meet for Wednesday, Oct. 4. Central has a 5 p.m. home meet Thursday, hosting Lewisville, McBee, Great Falls, Chesterfield, Cheraw, Lee Central, North Central, Buford, and South Pointe.