A strong defensive effort Friday night was one of the key factors in Central winning its homecoming football game.
The Bearcats kept New Castle off the scoreboard until the fourth quarter as they polished off a 34-6 victory. Central (3-1) allowed the Trojans just 70 yards on the ground and 26 in the air.
“Our defensive line played really well,” Central coach Brad Seiss said. “Clayton Sherwood, Michael Taylor and Brent Sharp dominated up front, and New Castle struggled to get a running game going.
“Our defensive line is probably our biggest strength on defense. They really stepped up the last two weeks.”
Central scored three touchdowns in the second quarter to lead 21-0 at halftime. Timmric Barrett scored on a 9-yard run, Joe Williams ran in from 49 yards, and Parker Phelps caught a 36-yard pass from Billy Walker.
“We got into our wildcat package in the second quarter and had success, plus our defense put us in a lot of good situations,” Seiss said.
Jaylen White added a TD run in the third quarter, and Walker passed to Williams for a 21-yard TD to finish the Bearcats’ scoring.
White rushed for 97 yards on 16 carries. Williams added 67 yards on five rushes, and caught four passes for 75 yards.