PERRYVILLE — “If we can win with 12 points, I’ll take it,” said Central Kory Schweiss after the Central Rebels had defeated the St. Vincent Indians by a score of 12-3 on Friday. The 2-0 Rebels scored the same amount of points over Valle the previous week.
Central’s defense has shined the past two weeks, giving up only a lone field goal in eight quarters of play. “The team has been playing awesome defense,” said Coach Schweiss.
Schweiss, who had felt before the season started his team would be better off with a low scoring game, praised the Rebels offense play as well.
“They had met our goals to run the ball better and to have a ball-control type of game on offense,” said Schweiss. “We were moving the ball four yards a pop enabling us to make extended drives.”
The Rebels only had possession of the pigskin six times in the game, two resulting in touchdowns, two in fumbles and only punting once.
Turnovers were even with both teams fumbling twice. The Rebels fumbled collected both times on the Indians’ miscues. After Central fumbled the ball away on their first drive deep in St. Vincent territory, the Indians reciprocated on their second play, and the Rebels would take advantage.
Their first score came on the very first play of the second quarter when quarterback Tony Martin connected with receiver Aaron Bates for a 30 yard pass play which resulted in six points.
Their second touchdown came on their second and last possession of the second half. With C.J. Bland taking over the quarterback role, Martin, now a running back, concluded an 80 yard drive by the Rebels with a nine yard run for the second score. Both extra point attempts failed. Martin ran the ball 17 times for 120 yards.
“We switch them like that because Tony gives us a little extra push on running plays,” cited Schweiss.
St. Vincent made the only scoring mark so far on Central’s clean defensive record with a field goal late in the second quarter.
The Rebels will play their home opener this Friday against Cuba.