Second-half defense seals Central win over Boyle County

Second-half defense seals Central win over Boyle County

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Second-half defense seals Central win over Boyle County

Yellowjackets advance to Region final

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Yellowjackets advance to Region final

Central intercepted Boyle County five times on its way to a 27-14 victory over the visiting Rebels Friday, advancing the Yellowjackets to the Elite Eight in Class 3-A.

“Our defense played lights out,” said Central head coach Ty Scroggins, whose team improved to 10-2. “That’s a pretty good team we beat out there tonight.”

Central opened the scoring with a 28-yard touchdown run by Myron Norfleet to make it 7-0 Yellow Jackets. Less than two minutes later they scored again when Aaron Duncan blocked a punt and Elijah Owens scooped it up and ran 10 yards for another touchdown. The extra point was blocked and it was 13-0.

Boyle County responded with a 14-play drive that culminated with an 18-yard touchdown pass by Josiah Robbins to Eric Brown, cutting the lead to 13-7 with just 25 seconds left in the first quarter.

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Central put together a long first-half drive, but it ended with an interception deep in Boyle County territory. The Rebels promptly gave it right back with their own interception, and Central was in business. Norfleet scored his second touchdown on a five-yard run with 54 seconds left to make it 20-7 at halftime. This despite Boyle County running 34 plays to just 18 by Central.

The Rebels struck first in the second half when Mack Cox caught a five-yard touchdown pass from Robbins to make it 20-14. But the Yellowjackets punched right back three plays later when Norfleet hit Clavon Armstrong streaking across the middle of the field for a 66-yard touchdown that made it 27-14.

From there Central relied on its defense, racking up four of its five interceptions in the second half. The Yellowjackets were outgained 251-235 and surrendered 17 first downs while gaining only seven, but they stepped up when they had to and ended the Rebels season at 10-2.

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