Central High

  • Miracle comeback brings home the title

    COLUMBIA -- The Central High Eagles came back from a 17-7 deficit in the final three minutes to defeat Dillon and win the state 2-A championship 20-17 Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium.

    Mardu Smith scored the winning touchdown from 1 yard out with 37 seconds left to give Central the title in its third straight championship game versus Dillon.

    A large crowd filled the Central side of the college stadium. The team on Friday got a sendoff from their classmates, the town and four area schools before leaving for Columbia and the state championship game.

  • Henderson played 'best game of his life'

    In Friday’s 35-30 win over Strom Thurmond, the following Central players had stand-out games.

    On offense, quarterback Jowan Henderson completed seven of 15 passes for 87 yards and a touchdown. He rushed for several crucial first downs, including an 18-yard gain on a fake punt which led to the Eagles’ second touchdown.

    ‘Red’ Mangum, offensive coach for the Eagles, said after the game, “Tonight Jowan Henderson played the best game of his life.”

  • Central reaches state semifinals

                Trivia question of the week: What does the number 5 and Strom Thurmond High School have in common?

    Answer: It is the number of points Central has beaten the Rebels in each of the third round playoff games for the past three years. The Eagles won in 2008 12-7, 2009 14-9, and last Friday night 35-30.


  • Jefferson, Petersburg get good report cards


    Staff reports

    Chesterfield County schools generally reported average grades in school report cards released last week by the South Carolina Department of Education.

    Jefferson Elementary School and Petersburg Primary were bright spots, with Jefferson achieving a growth rate of excellent and Petersburg achieving an absolute grade of excellent.

  • Three J's star for Eagles

    This week’s spotlight players are three seniors — Josh, Jiwan,

    and Jowan, all of them mainstays for the Eagles this season.

           Josh Covington plays both offense and defense for Central.

    Against Chesnee Friday, Covington had four tackles and returned an

    interception 20 yards for his first varsity touchdown.

           “Each week Coach (Donny) Benton expects the defense to get it

  • Jenkins stays active with Eagles

           We stroll down memory lane 23 years ago to

    highlight this week’s “Where Are They Now?” athlete. Jeff Jenkins

    played football and baseball for the Eagles and graduated in 1987.

           Jeff, who is the son of Kaye Jenkins and the late Wade Jenkins,

    attended USC-L for two years. He and his wife Mindy have one daughter

    and attend Philadelphia Baptist Church where he is the youth leader. He

  • Eagles cruise to quarterfinals

    The scoreboard told the story after the second round 2A state

    playoff game Friday night at William D. Johnson Memorial Stadium:

    Central 40, Chesnee 21. Central was clinging to a slim 27-21 lead

    with a little over six minutes remaining in the game, but scored two

    touchdowns in the final minutes to sail away with the win.

           The Eagles began the game like gangbusters. Mardu Smith returned

    the opening kickoff to Chesnee’s 45-yard line and on the first play

  • Where are they now? Shawnelius Blakeney


    This week we have to travel back only 16 years to find this

    week’s “Where Are They Now?” athlete.

    Shawnelius Blakeney played football and ran track for the Eagles, earning all-region honors in football both his junior and senior years.

           Shawnelius is the son of Hayne and Diane Blakeney of Pageland.

    He and his wife Sonya have two children and live in the Wolf Pond

    community and attend Rose Hill Baptist Church.

  • Eagle eye on Ronard Price and Tevus Funderburk


    By Shug Haigler

    Progressive Journal Staff Writer

           This week’s Eagle eye offensive and defensive players of the

    Eagles’ 47-0 first-round playoff game with Gilbert are Ronard Price on

    defense and Tevus Funderburk on offense.

           “We started a little slow,” said defensive line coach Donny

    Benton, “but Ronard got the team started by blocking a punt and

  • Eagles tomahawk the Indians; advance to 2nd round


    By Shug Haigler

    Progressive Journal Staff Writer

           The Central Eagles had no problem in their first round

    match-up with visiting Gilbert High School, racing to a 33-0

    halftime lead en route to a 47-0 win.

           Quarterback Jowan Henderson completed 6 of 9 passes for 139

    yards and three touchdowns, Eagle receiver Jiwan Funderburk had three

    receptions for 103 yards and two touchdowns and running back Radford Robinson