Centerville continued their perfect season on Friday night when they traveled to Eastern Hancock for an away playoff game. Centerville has lost to Eastern Hancock in their previous two meetings, but tonight was different. Although it was a road game, the Bulldog faithful came out and outnumbered the Royals side. The constant cheers on the sideline from the opening kickoff fueled the Bulldogs as they exploded on offense and defense continuing their dominance. The 49-12 win over Eastern Hancock was more than just a playoff win, it was a statements. After some comments floated around social media the Bulldogs and faithful did not forget, and let the Royals have it. This was a statement to show Centerville is a force. A statement to show the TEC is not a terrible conference, and can win the big games. This had meaning for every TEC school as they were ready to see the Bulldogs let the Royals have it like they have done to them all season.
Centerville’s offense still couldn’t be stopped as the Bulldogs had chance for points every drive. Centerville rolled on offense totaling right around 450 yards of total offense. They ran all over the Royals totaling over 380 yards rushing on the night. Jamari Pamplin carried a majority of the load as he had 228 yards on 37 carries. Jamari rushed in two touchdowns as well for the Bulldogs.
Javontae Pamplin rushed 8 times with 69 yards rushing and a touchdown. Devin Frazier added 49 yards on 7 carries, as well a 1 touchdown.
Jake Tinkle got things done in the air as well going 8 for 11 with 64 yards passing and 2 touchdowns. Jake connected with Keegan Schlotterbeck on a 12 yard touchdown strike in the 2nd quarter. Tinkle then struck Avery McCoy on a 14 yard touchdown pass early in the 4th quarter.
Avery McCoy led the Bulldogs with 30 receiving yards on 2 receptions. Keegan Schlotterbeck finished with 2 receptions and 20 receiving yards and Nathen Dickenson led the team in receptions with 3 and 19 receiving yards.
Centerville’s offense wasn’t the only highlight point of the night. The Bulldog defense was dominant all night long. After giving up the first score of the game the Bulldog defense refocused themselves and went back to their dominant ways. Allowing only 6 first half points and 6 second half points. Centerville’s defense got all over the quarterback in the backfield as they had 7 sacks.
Junior Jacob Crowe led the charge for the defense as he finished with 14 total tackles (7 solo / 7 assisted). Jacob also had 5 tackles for a loss, 4 of them were sacks. Junior Collin Clark continued his stellar play at linebacker with 12 total tackles, 2 tackles for a loss. Kollyn Peed played a great game in the secondary breaking up two passes with a 70 yard interception return for a touchdown. Cole Jordan, Luke Tinkle, and Memphis Lee were the other Bulldogs who wrapped up the quarterback for a sack.
Centerville (9-0) will take this monumental win over Eastern Hancock into the Sectional Semifinals where they will face familiar conference foe Northeastern. Centerville defeated Northeastern on September 24th in commanding fashion 49-0. This time however it will be at Northeastern who will be looking for a different result. Northeastern has won 3 in a row with wins over Knightstown (66-10), Hagerstown (60-27), and Winchester (42-0). Northeastern clicking on offense will look to put its red hot late season push to the test against the undefeated Bulldogs. Kickoff for next week is scheduled for 7pm at Northeastern High School. Tickets can be purchased on both schools websites.
(Photos by DAJO PHOTOS)