Centerville Football returned to action on Friday night when they host Park Tudor in their home opener. The Bulldogs were returning to action after missing a week to Covid-19 protocols.
Centerville came into this matchup 1-0 after defeating Lincoln week 50-0. Park Tudor rode into this matchup 2-0 picking up wins over ISHA and Tindley. This game had headline written all over it coming into the week with it being the Bulldogs first true test of the 2021 season. The fan base for the Bulldogs showed out, as the students and fans packed the stands and fence line to watch this big early season matchup.
Centerville came out ready to go as they struck first with an 11-yard touchdown pass from Jake Tinkle to Avery McCoy. After the PAT it was 7-0 Bulldogs. The ensuing kickoff the Caden Whitehead took it back to the house giving the Panthers a quick answer. The PAT was missed. Later in the first quarter, Park Tudor drove the football down the field scoring another touchdown off a rush from CJ Thompson from 9-yards out. This time the PAT was good giving the Panthers a 13-7 advantage late first quarter. This was the first time the Bulldogs have trailed this season. Centerville responded though with a quick drive of their own. The Bulldogs put themselves in the Red Zone just as the first quarter expired. Centerville then got a 15-yard touchdown run from Senior Jamari Pamplin early in the second quarter. The Bulldogs now had the 14-13 advantage. Then it became the Avery McCoy and Bulldog defense show as they forced a Panthers fumble which was recovered by Avery McCoy. Jamari Pamplin then capitlized for the Bulldogs as he rushed in his second touchdown from 12-yards out. Centerville was now in control 21-13. Both teams traded punts as we ended the first half with Bulldogs still leading 21-13.
Centerville’s defense then forced a quick punt to start the third quarter. The Bulldogs started with great field position and capitalized as Kollyn Peed ran one in form 5-yards out making 27-13 before the PAT. The point after was good giving the Bulldogs a 28-13 lead as we approached the midway point of the third quarter. Centerville’s defense continued to succeed as Avery McCoy got himself involved again as he intercepted a pass late in the third quarter. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs this time it would not be capitalized upon as the Panthers forced a Centerville fumble and recovered. The Panthers held the football the rest of the way in the third quarter and shortly into the fourth quarter, before the Bulldog defense forced another turnover on downs. Centerville exchanged a punt back to the Panthers, where this time for the Panthers it was the biggest drive of the game. They needed a score hear to keep things going, and make it a one possession game. The Panthers put a drive together getting inside the Red Zone putting the Bulldogs on their heels. Then the Bulldog defense found what it had left in the tank to force a turnover on downs, sealing the win for the Buldogs.
Centerville took their 28-13 lead all the way to the horn where they defeated the Panthers and moved to 2-0 on the season. Jamari Pamplin led the way with his two rushing touchdowns for the Bulldogs, which just so happened to be his first of the season. Avery McCoy got it done in just about every category you could as he had a receiving touchdown, interception, fumble recovery, and a sack. The entire Bulldog defense came to life after a rough first quarter where they saw themselves trailing 13-7. The Bulldogs responded with shutting the Panthers out the rest of the way and claiming the victory 28-13.
Centerville now 2-0 (1-0 TEC) will turn their attention to conference foe Winchester. Centerville will have to travel to take on the Golden Falcons next Friday, at 7pm. Centerville defeated Winchester 35-7 last season. Centerville however has not won a game at Winchester since the 2010 season where they were coached by Matt Holeva. Centerville is 0-4 on the road at Winchester since that last win. Coach Padgett has yet to win at Winchester, but is looking to grab his first road win their next Friday. MyTeamLive.TV will be streaming that game next Friday, so follow our social media pages to get the latest updates and links.
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