Central High

  • 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

  • Academic stars open Quiz Bowl season opener


    The questions are harder than your average Jeopardy show, yet the students in the county’s Academic Bowl answer most of them. Moderator Debbie Ballard reads one sentence from a novel. A quiz bowl competitor correctly guesses it’s the opening line of “Gone with the Wind.” She reads an arcane science question. A student gets that too. She shoots the two teams a math problem and pencils go to paper and someone buzzes in an answer.

  • JVs ambush unbeaten Braves 34-12

    Cheraw’s junior varsity rode into William D. Johnson Memorial

    Stadium late Thursday afternoon sporting an unbeaten record of 9-0.

    Around 9 that night, they limped on their bus and headed east on

    Highway 9 with a record of 9-1 after a scalping by the Junior Eagles, who

    finished their season with an impressive record of 8-1.

    In the first quarter, Central ran 19 offensive plays to the

    Braves’ two, but trailed 6-0 on a 75-yard touchdown run by Cheraw.

  • Eubanks was two-sport athlete for Central

    This week we travel back to the early days of Central High

    School to find our “Where Are They Now?” athlete.

           Mike Eubanks played both football and baseball for the Eagles,

    earning all-conference honors in both sports his junior and senior

    years. Mike was a member of the last Pageland Tiger team in 1975 and the

    first Central team in 1976.

           After graduating from Central in 1979, Eubanks attended Wingate

  • Central wins regional title

    Central left no doubt Friday night who was the best team in Region 4AA

    and Chesterfield County, scalping the host Cheraw Braves 41-7. The

    Eagles ended the regular season with a perfect 10-0 record while the

    Braves slipped to 3-7. This was Central’s tenth undefeated regular

    season in school history.

    After a scoreless first quarter Central scored on the first play of the

    second period on Radford Robinson’s 1-yard run, which was set up on