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Centralia Panthers shut out Brookfield

Posted on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 1:24 am

Centralia wins 20-0

Much like paper beats rock, Spread offense beat Wishbone Friday night in Brookfield when the Centralia Panthers shut out the Brookfield Bulldogs, 20-0.

By all accounts it was two and a half quarters of touch and go, anybody’s game football, 0-0 through the first half.

Centralia led in yards, but nobody was scoring.

Then Centralia’s passing game took over, when at 6:11 in the third Panther quarterback Beau Gordon connected with Nathan

Luke Hunter on his way to a first down.

Greene for a 61-yard touch-down run, followed by Gordon concluding a 21-yard touch-down run with a cruise-missile dive over the goal line for a second touchdown to turn things around in the third.

Gordon followed up with short pass to Max Hunter for a successful two-point conversion short

“it was a defensive battle for sure, but once they got that big touchdown, they got momentum on us, Bulldog Head Coach

Max Hunter catches a pass.

Scott Stevens said afterward. “And we had five turnovers, you can’t do that against a team like Centralia.”

Centralia finished the game with zero turnovers.

Then at 8:42 in the fourth Gordon hit Greene again with a 28-yard pass. Greene finished the game with two receptions for 89 yards and two touchdowns.

Adam Hatton backed him up with two receptions for 32 yards and Max Hunter had one catch for 23 yards.

Gordon and running back Luke were on Brookfield’s radar, Stevens said.

Gordon passed for 151 yards and two touchdowns, completing seven passes for 19 attempts.

Gordon also led the Panthers in rushing, with 57 yards. Luke Hunter backed him with 45, followed by Ethan Hargis with seven.

“I know we couldn’t get anything going early, they stopped our quarterback early and our run-game,” Centralia Panthers Head Coach Tyler Forsee said afterward. “We made some adjustments at half-time and that made the difference… Brookfield was super-aggressive on defense with a really tough blitz, some very dangerous kids.”

One observer said those adjustments included

Nate Greene shows the crowd the ball after one of his two touchdowns.

“more passing, airing it out, slanting in to the corners, which opened up Brookfield’s middle for Centralia’s running attack… It was a perfect example of how momentum changes things, when Brookfield got to the four-yard line in the second quarter and didn’t score, that really hurt their momentum.”

Next up for Centralia is road-trip northeast to Monroe City.

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