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Panther football cruises over Cuba Wildcats

Posted on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 2:05 am

The Centralia Panthers won their fifth game of the season, Friday night, October 2, 50-12 against the Cuba Wildcats.

It was a twisty, two-and-a-half-hour drive for the 100 or so Panther fans who watched from the stadium seats, but Tyler Forsee’s Panthers drove a straight line to victory with only two, six-point Cuba pot-holes between them and the win.

The teams battled back and forth for mid-field control in the first quarter until Centralia quarterback Beau Gordon took an eight-yard touchdown run over the goal to make it 6-0.

The second quarter was big for Centralia. With Hunter rushing for a 31-yard touchdown and Jackson Wells taking a Gordon pass 41-yars for another and Greene

Liam Hill breaks a Wildcat drive with an interception.

taking one 10 yards for another, and two-point conversions by Greene and Hunter, Centralia was ahead 28-6 at halftime.

Cuba had scored its first of two touchdowns on a screen pass, as they would again in the third quarter.

When asked if he was exploiting what some called a slight weakness in Centralia’s pass protection, Tim Duarte, Wildcat head coach said the scores were a product of his now 3-3 Wildcats trying to run a balanced offense, not due to any perceived weakness on Centralia’s part.

The third quarter ended with Centralia up 42-12, with Hunter rushing for two more along with Mason Barr catching a two-point conversion pass from Gordan.

By the fourth Forsee had put in substitute quarterback Jack Romine who broke through for six more, followed by Ethan Hargis’ successful 2-point conversion.

Centralia’s offense took 456 yards to Cuba’s 266.

The Panthers passed for 108 of those yards. Cuba passed for 173.

Nathan Green led the Panther receiving corps with three catches for 58 yards and one touchdown, followed by Jackson Wells who had one 49-yard reception for one touchdown.

Centralia made up the difference on the ground, rushing for 348 yards to Cuba’s 93. Panthers had 21 first downs to Cuba’s 16.

Gordon passed for 108 yards and two touchdowns.

Cuba’s Mason Pfeiffer passed for173 yards and two touchdowns.

Hunter ruled the rush, covering 212 yards in 16 attempts and scoring three touchdowns. Gordon rushed for 98 yards 10 attempts and scored one touchdown and Romine, 21 in three for one touchdown.

Pfeiffer led Cuba with 67 yards in 20 attempts.

Kyden Wilkerson led the Panther defense with 10 tackles, six solo and four assisted. Hill and Land Mathews had 8 each, four solo and four assisted. Gordon

Khader Saleh drags down a Wildcat ball carrier.

pulled down six, with five solos and one assisted.

Next up for Centralia, is a trip to South Shelby where they will play the Cardinals and celebrate CHS’ homecoming on the road.

For the full article see next week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.