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Central falls short against 2004 state champs

PERRYVILLE – The Central Rebels visited the defending Class 2 state champions St. Vincent Indians on Friday. Central held a 14-7 lead at the end of the first half, but St. Vincent came back and scored the game-winning touchdown with 50 seconds left in the game for a 21-14 victory.

The Rebels scored on the first play of the game when quarterback Ronnie Calvird connected on a 75-yard pass to Ryan McFarland. Jeremiah Vandergraph kicked the extra point as Central led 7-0.

The Indians scored at the 10-minute mark of the second quarter as their quarterback ran the ball 10 yards for the score. The point after was good and the game was tied. However, McFarland ran the following kickoff back for a 96-yard touchdown. Vandergraph booted the extra point and Central led 14-7 at the half.

St. Vincent scored on their first possession of the second half. The Indians put together 19 plays for 79 yards. The quarterback kept the ball on fourth down for a three-yard gain for the touchdown. The extra point was good as the game was tied with two minutes left in the third quarter.

Central had a chance to score in the fourth quarter when they had reached the Indians’ 20-yard line, but an interception killed the important drive.

With 50 seconds left to go in the game, St. Vincent’s quarterback kept the ball again and ran 20 yards for the game-deciding score.

McFarland had six catches for 99 yards and Calvird completed nine out of 14 passes for a total of 125 yards. Dustin Boyle had eight carries for 50 yards.

The Rebels (0-2) will play their first home game against Priory on Friday.

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