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The Central Dragons Win District 6 AAA Championship @ParkerGregg11 @CentralDragonFb @two20studios

Written by: on Sunday, November 1st, 2020

 

The Central Dragons claimed the District 6 AAA championship with a 17-14 win. Photo by: Chuck Meyers, Two20Studios

The Central Dragons and Tyrone Golden Eagles clashed Saturday night in the District 6 AAA Championship game with the Dragons coming out with a victory of 17-14. The game came down to the final seconds and was sealed with a game-winning 23-yard field goal by Senior Austin Keith. The Dragons rushing attack was just too much for the Tyrone defense tonight. Junior running back Parker Gregg ran all over the Golden Eagles finishing with 198 total rushing yards and one touchdown. For the Golden Eagles, Senior Damon Gripp was the leader of the offense. Gripp finished with 8 catches for 78 yards and a touchdown.

Damon Gripp of Tyrone finished the game with 8 catches for 78 yards and a touchdown. Photo by: Chuck Meyers, Two20Studios

To start the game the Dragons were forced to punt but when trying to receive the snap it was fumbled and the Golden Eagles recovered on their 44-yard line. The Eagles couldn’t convert on the turnover and punted the ball back to the Dragons. The Dragons didn’t waste time and drove down the field led by a huge 41 yard gain by Gregg down to the Eagles 25. A few plays later Gregg would finish off the drive with a two-yard rushing touchdown. The point-after attempt by Keith was good giving the Dragons a 7-0 lead. The next Dragons possession Gregg took another handoff this time for 62 yards down to the six-yard line. A few plays later Jeff Hoenstine took a keeper from two yards out for the touchdown. Keith nailed the point after attempting to push the Central lead to 14-0. The Golden Eagles following possession would result in a touchdown but not without a big fourth-down conversion. On a long 4-21 Golden Eagles, Senior quarterback Brandon Lucas hit Senior Tommy Hicks for a huge 24 yard gain down to the 22-yard line. A few plays later Lucas hit Gripp for a 22-yard touchdown with 17 seconds to go in the half. The point-after attempt was no good making the halftime score 14-6 Central. 

 

Photo By: Chuck Meyers, Two20Studios

To open the second half the Dragons got two huge sacks on defense forcing a third and 34 attempts which failed and resulted in a punt. On the return, Dragon’s Senior Demetrious Harbaugh had a huge return inside the 30 but was called back due to a block in the back. The third quarter had no scoring and to start the fourth the Dragon’s had the ball and Hoenstine ran up the middle and unfortunately was hurt on the play forcing to be carried off on a stretcher with a lower leg injury. Sophomore quarterback Rylan Daugherty would come in to replace Hoenstine. Tyrone would get on the scoreboard with a little over four minutes left in the game. Before the touchdown, Lucas would connect with Gripp on a 4-5 from the 15-yard line for a gain of 13 to the two-yard line.

Centrals Parker Gregg attempts to tackle Tyrones Tommy Hicks Photo by: Chuck Meyers, Two20Studios

Two plays later Lucas would take the ball in for the Golden Eagles touchdown. Lucas would connect with Hicks for the two-point conversion to tie the game at 14 with a little over four minutes left. On the following possession on a fourth down, Daugherty connected with Junior Ethan Mcgee for the first down. 

The Dragons would use almost all the time left in the game for Keith to nail the 23-yard game-winning field goal with about 25 seconds left in the game. After the game Keith commented on his game-winning kick saying,” I just know it’s all through God’s Grace, I know he had a plan for us this night and I was a bit iffy about kicking because Jeff (Hoenstine) is my holder”. Keith also added “ My condolences go to him and his family, I love him, he’s my brother and I just pray everything heals up for him and he can come back and be the player he is.” The Golden Eagles would have a chance to score but, Sophomore Eli Lingenfelter intercepted Lucas to end the game. 

After the game, Gregg commented on how he felt to win the district title. He said, “Any team would be super happy to win districts, but I can’t stop thinking about Jeff. Sadly, it shouldn’t happen, rest up, heal up, and take your time. I love you, buddy.” The Central Dragons are the 2020 District 6 AAA Champions and will advance to play Bedford next week. The Bedford Bison come off a huge victory over Clearfield by a score of 40-21. For Tyrone their playoff push comes to an end but, they have two games remaining on the schedule against Hollidaysburg and Bellwood-Antis. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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