New head coach Jim Newsted's initial season with the Centralia varsity football team is only two games in and he's already got this team rolling like a freight train down a hill after destroying Clark County at home last Friday 42-14 to tie for first place in the Clarence Cannon Conference.
The first half of this game was actually fairly even with the first quarter ending in a scoreless tie before the Panther's went up 14-6 in the second. To their credit, the Indians did try to stake their claim by grabbing an 8-7 advantage in the third to pull within 21-14, but instead of turning the tides, that just led to a resounding crescendo that ended with Centralia reaching the endzone three times in the final stanza while playing shutout defense.
The theme for this contest was a consistent one for the Panther's predicated on an offensive ground attack that yielded 358 yards. The flip side of that was zero passing yards and an 0-for-5 showing with one interception for starting quarterback Clayton Simkins that Trey Owens evened out by running the ball 22 times for 167 yards and four scores.
Backing up that effort with 67 rushing yards on six carries was Kaiden Davenport, Gus Stidham added seven rushes for 66 yards and Tyler Dorman came through with 63 yards on 15 attempts. Dorman also guided the special teams by making 6-of-6 extra points with five kickoffs for 192 yards. Grafton Litrell posted a 28-yard punt return and Nick Wheatonran a punt back for 20 yards.
As for the defense, the headliners were aplenty and included Trevor Bodine with 11 tackles and a fumble recovery for a touchdown, Stidham ran back an interception for a score and charted 15 tackles and Davenport grabbed a 19-yard interception with six tackles.
Centralia, 2-0 overall, 2-0 Clarence Cannon Conference, CCC, is at Louisiana on Friday.