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Written by: David Burnworth on Saturday, October 9th, 2021
First I want to thank the guys in the press box for the rosters and to say what a great place McGuffey is to catch a game. The crowd always seems to be into it and it is funny how the PA guy can get on the nerve of the opposing teams fans.
Jacob Stephenson got things started for Waynesville Central with a twenty-to-yard reception to Devon Cowell but things started going downhill rapidly with Stephenson getting sacked by Eric Donnelly. From there it was just a matter of time before the Highlanders offense got its turn to get things going.
Jeremiah Johnson would gain ten yards down to the Central two-yard line where Donnelly plowed in for the score after Ethan Dietrich added the point after kick we had a 7-0 score, with 6:56 left in the opening quarter. After all, was said and done Donnelly and Johnson would both end their nights with a nice performance.
Logan Carlisle would hit Ethan Janovich for a forty-one-yard gain all the way down to the Central eight-yard line. Carlisle seems to throw the ball better than any Freshman has the right to. If he played in one of the modern offenses his stats would be out of this world. Johnson used the work from his offensive line to score from four yards out. Dietrich was good on his kick again to make this a 14-0 game, with 3:11 showing on the clock.
Stephenson would be picked off by Ethan Janovich for the last big Highlanders defensive play of the quarter. Stephenson just a Freshmen seldom had any time to throw the ball in this one as his offensive line was dominated all game long.
Two nice runs by Phillip McCuen totaled fifty-seven yards, then he hit Johnson for a gain of eight. Johnson would take care of the final eleven yards on the drive to make this a 21-0 game after the point after kick was again good by Dietrich. McQuen can get things done extremely well with his feet from the quarterback slot and he possesses enough football smartness to be a danger when he has to throw the ball.
The Highlanders defense put the Raiders offense in a fourth and seven situation with a little over six minutes left in the half without hesitation the Raiders coaching staff elected to go for it and that turned out badly when Tristan McAdoo sacked Stephenson.
Carlisle showed off his arm with a thirty-two-yard strike to Johnson. Johnson made another catch seconds later but he was hit and coughed the ball up where Nate Kirby pounced on it. Johnson would not have any other miscues after this as I said his night would end with a very good game.
McCuen broke off what looked to be an awesome twenty-five-yard touchdown run but a holding call negated the score. McCuen shook off the hold with a twenty-seven-yard touchdown pass to Christian Cipoletti to make this a 28-0 game, with 2:43 left in the half.
Fourteen seconds later Stephenson coughed the ball up making the recovery for the highlanders was Tyler Wright. Carlisle would go the eight yards needed for the score right after the fumble recovery to make this a 35-0 game.
A twenty-four-yard run by Dietrich got things running for the Highlanders offense. Then what looked like a thirty-one-yard touchdown run from Donnelly was called back due to another holding call. McCuen picked up sixteen yards on two runs with the second run being a two-yard touchdown making this a 42-0 game.
Nick Madosky picked up two sacks on Stephenson with the first one being aided by Donnelly. Stephenson would recover from the sacks with a Chase Fox for a nineteen-yard gain. Fox would make another catch but this time he was knocked down by Connor Crowe for a four-yard loss.
Madosky teamed up with Nick Sprowls to sack Stephenson for a loss of four. Madosky is only a Freshman who looks to have the talent and skills to have a big future on the football field. Stephenson would again recover from the sack when he threw a twenty-four-yard touchdown pass to Cole Pauley. The point-after kick was blocked by Dylan Droboj keep this a 42-6 game.
With the running clock, the fourth quarter should have gone quick but both teams made the game longer with a combined three touchdowns. Carlisle got the scoring started with a one-yard run with Josh Plants hitting the point-after kick to give us a 49-6 game.
On the ensuing drive, Braydon Woods would go seventy-eight-yard for the Raiders score. He followed that up with a two-point conversion run to make this a 49-14 game. Johnson would take the ensuing kickoff to the Raiders fifteen-yard line from there Droboj ended the drive with a short touchdown run making this a 55-14 game. Woods would have the wood laid to him by Jayden McConnell for a loss of two. The drive would end with pints when Stephenson hit Nate Jones for a fifty-four-yard touchdown pass. Woods ran in the two-point try giving ou our 55-22 final score.
290 yards (76 in the first half0
Passing 13-17 1 TD 1 INT
Passing 8-9 1 TD
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