Centralia Panthers lose to Hallsville Indians, 22-8
For the second consecutive season, the Hallsville Indians football team has derailed the Centralia Panthers drive to a district championship.
The did so in a fashion few expected, shutting out the Panthers for three quarters while scoring 22 points.
Centralia had plenty of strong plays, but only one resulted in a touchdown.
Cullen Bennett’s 49-yard, fourth-quarter pass to Jesse Caballaero resulted in Caballaro zigging, zagging and stiff-arming his way through a trio of Hallsville pass defenders to cross the southeast portion of the goal line for a touchdown.
Ethan Adams sealed the deal with a blast around edge for a two-point conversion to make it 22-8, Hallsville.
At 11:47 in the fourth, was the last score of the game.
Though Hallsville’s Harrison Fowler gained the majority of Hallsville’s rushing yards, a game-leading 147 of the team’s 311 offensive yards gained, he was only part of Hallsville’s scoring package.
The Indians’ scored first, with nine seconds left in the first, when sophomore quarterback Brayden Matheney completed an 11-yard pass to Ayden Lampkins for a touchdown. Fowler followed up with a successful two-point conversion run.
Then Fowler split Centralia’s line for a four-yard touchdown rush at 5:16 in the second, but Hallsville was unable to complete the conversion.
The Indians’ last touchdown came five-minutes later in the last 20 seconds of the half when Matheney completed a 13-yard touchdown pass to Landyn Sievers, followed by another Fowler two-point conversion.
Friday, November 11, Hallsville plays Bowling Green, 7 p.m., at Bowling Green, for the District Championship.
For more see next week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.