The Centerville Bulldog’s football team came out with authority picking up right where they left off last season. Centerville opened the season with conference foe Lincoln. Centervile won last years meeting against Lincoln at home.
Centerville took its opening drive to the house as Senior Devin Frazier rushed one in from 15 yards out. Senior Jamari Pamplin ran in the two point conversion to make it 8-0 Bulldogs. Lincoln’s next drive resulted in a turnover as Senior Javontae Pamplin intercepted Gavin Trent’s pass. Devin Frazier then took another one to the house, this one from 32 yards out. Jamari Pamplin then capitalized on another two point conversion making it 16-0. Bulldog’s defense continued to hold their own as they forced another Eagles punt. The next drive for the Bulldogs ended with an 18 yard touchdown pass from Jake Tinkle to Nathan Dickenson making it 22-0 before the PAT. Lincoln then looked try and catch some momentum, but the Dogs held the Eagles to another punt. Centerville again went the distance as the first quarter was nearing expiration as Jake Tinkle completed a 37 yard touchdown pass to Javontae Pamplin for a touchdown. Bryce Robertson then connected on the PAT making it 30-0. Centerville then forced a quick Lincoln punt as we head to the second quarter.
Centerville took advantage of solid field position early in the quarter as Jake Tinkle completed his third pass for a 7 yard touchdown to Maddix Myers. Robertson’s PAT was good, making it 37-0. The defense for the Bulldogs continued to be a factor as Lincoln could just not get anything going being forced to another punt. Centerville then capitalized as we approached halftime with a 22 yard touchdown run from Kollyn Peed. Robertson connected on his PAT making it 44-0 as things rolled into halftime.
The running clock was in play now in the second half due to the Bulldogs lead. Time slipped away quickly as neither could get things in. Lincoln played hard an physical, but you could tell the team was tired. Only 14 rostered players, playing their hearts out for the Lincoln fan base. Centerville turned things over to their younger guys to get some varsity time. The third quarter expired with neither team crossing the end zone. Centerville then scored again in the fourth quarter as Ethan Moore rushed one across from 15 yards out making it 50-0 Bulldogs. The Bulldog defense was able to force another Lincoln turnover late as Colton Rinehart recovered a fumble. Lincoln’s defense held their own the rest of the way holding the Bulldogs to just 6 points in the second half, and forcing a turnover late in the fourth quarter.
As things showed early, this Bulldog team has came to play again this season. Winning the Tri-Eastern Conference last season, and feeling very poised to do so again. This team has big things on their mind, as they are searching to bring home a Sectional Championship. Jake Tinkle looked impressive although on a short leash passing wise, he finished a perfect 3/3 with 64 yards and 3 touchdown passes. Senior running back Devin Frazier made great work of his 3 carries for 76 yards and 2 touchdowns. Jamari Pamplin finished with 57 yards on 3 carries. Kollyn Peed and Ethan Moore both rushed for a touchdown. Javontae Pamplin added an interception and receiving touchdown (38 yards). Nathan Dickenson hauled one in for 19 yards and a score. Maddix Myers caught his one reception for a score as well (7 yards). Centerville tallied 271 total yards (207 rushing / 64 passing) and scored 7 touchdowns (4 rushing / 3 passing).
Centerville (1-0) will now turn their attention to next week to take on conference foe Hagerstown (1-0) on the road. Hagerstown picked up a dominant win over Knightstown (0-1) on Friday night with a score of 45-6. Lincoln (0-1) will turn their attention to Union County (0-1) who fell to Northeastern (1-0) by a score of 46-7.
(PHOTO CREDITS – DAJO PHOTOS)