by ADAM GRUENEWALD
For about a quarter, everything seemed perfect for the Central football team as they were seeking an upset of undefeated Jordan on the road on Friday.
The Raiders had built a 11-0 lead, but then it all turned around as the Hubmen scored 47 unanswered points to win the game, 47-11, and drop Central to 0-3 on the season.
Perhaps the biggest highlight for Central came on their first play from scrimmage when a series of reverses involving Zach Storms, Noah Peterson and Casey Clemensen led to Isaac Hormann having space to pass to Brice Panning for 49 yards.
After a few yards from Peterson, Zach Schnabel converted a 30-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead.
The Raider defense then forced a short punt and Peterson ran for short gains and Hormann found him for a 19-yard pass. Peterson then converted the two-points on the ground for an 11-0 lead.
It was all Hubmen from there though.
First, they put together a 58-yard scoring drive finished by a 13-yard touchdown run from Casey Hull and then got an interception in the end zone, scoring on the next play with an 80-yard run by John Fogarty to go up 14-11.
Head coach Paul Henn said the quick turnaround affected his team.
“It took a little bit of the wind out of us, but our kids are trying to make plays,” said Henn. Those are our kids trying to make plays. And I didn’t even see the kid that kind of sat down in that zone and that’s football. Sometimes the other team simply makes plays and I felt like our kids battled and tried to make football plays and that’s what we can ask of them every night they go out.”
A fumble on the ensuing Raider drive at the Jordan 26-yard line gave the Hubmen the ball who made quickly to the Raider side of the field using the ground game as they would all night, gaining 297 rushing yards on 39 carries. On one of just four passes by Jordan’s quarterback almost resulted in an interception as Central’s Brice Panning leapt up and grabbed the ball and may have come down, but the pass was ruled a completion as the Jordan receiver wrested the ball away.
“Teams just aren’t going to be able to throw on Brice and they’re going to figure that out pretty quick,” said Henn. “Again, unless we stop the run better than we did tonight or have in the first three games, it takes Brice out of the game because you don’t have to throw the football.”
Jordan then got a 1-yard touchdown run from Ray Carter to go up 20-11, before adding on another touchdown after blocking a Raider punt shortly before the end of the half for the score of 26-11.
“We came out and we did a lot of the stuff that we thought we were going to be able to sustain tonight,” said Henn. “The first half we played a good half of football. We turned the ball over at a couple of bad times otherwise it very well could have been a 20-20, 24-24 game to start the first half.”
The Hubmen would get two more touchdowns from Fogarty in the third quarter, first on a 2-yard run and the second on a 45-yard punt return. Samson Drenlaw tacked on the final tally in the fourth on a 12-yard run.
Hormann finished 11-17 passing for 170 yards and one touchdown, with Alex Eichner as his main target as he had five catches for 65 yards. Eichner also recovered a fumble and Peterson had another great game, with 86 yards from scrimmage.
“We continue to have our guys that are playmakers step in and do some of that,” said Henn. “We got Casey a little bit more involved tonight and Brice made a good catch. We had a pretty good mix on offense of guys making plays.”
Going forward, Henn said his team need to limit their mistakes and continue playing offense like they did in the first half.
“We just got to eliminate a couple of mistakes,” he said. “Defensively, we just got to work hard and get fundamentally better. It all starts there, it all starts with those fundamentally. We’re going to keep getting kids fundamentally better.”
Central next hosts Mayer-Lutheran (2-1) on Friday at 7 p.m. who lost to Tri-City United, 28-7.
“Going to be a good football game, always is,” said Henn. “Going to be a good rivalry game, one of the biggest games of the year. We’ve got to regroup here and find a way to get better.”
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Jordan 47, Central 11
Central 11 0 0 0 – 11
Central 7 19 14 7 – 47
N- Zach Schnabel 30 field goal, 8:46
N- Noah Peterson 19 pass from Isaac Hormann (Peterson run), 5:17
J- Casey Hull 13 run (Marinos kick), 2:18
J- Andrew Fogarty 80 run (Marinos kick), 8:56
J- Ray Carter 1 run (kick blocked), 1:34
J – Punt blocked and recovered in end zone by Derek Karsky (kick missed), 36.1
J – Fogarty 2 run (Marinos kick), 4:35
J – Fogarty 45 punt return (Marinos kick), 3:58
J – Samson Drenlaw 12 run (Marinos kick), 14
First Downs – Central 10, Jordan 12
Rushes – Central 32-84, Jordan 39-287
Passing – Central 170, Jordan 67
Comp-Att-Int-Td – Central 11-17-1-1, Jordan 3-4-0-0
Fumbles-Lost – Central 2-2, Jordan 3-1
Penalties-Yards – Central 4-32, Jordan 4-27
Rushing – Central, Noah Peterson 19-47, Zach Storms 5-23, Isaac Hormann 2-4, Casey Clemensen 1-(-)2, Zach Heiland 3-9, 23 1-(-)1, 9 1-(-)1
Passing – Central Isaac Hormann 11-17-170 yards, 1 td, 1 int, 9 0-1-0
Receiving – Alex Eichner 5-65, Brice Panning 1-45, Noah Peterson 3-39, Casey Clemensen 2-17, Zach Storms 0-0, Cody Milbrett 0-0
Punt Returns – Isaac Hormann 1-10
Kick Returns – Noah Peterson 5-84, Zach Heiland 1-14, Jared Wickenhauser 1-2
Fumble Recovery – Alex Eichner 1