Big play helps Central pull away in 4th quarter
Fri. August 31, 2012 at 11:37 p.m. | By Kelly Sims
Central’s DeMarcus Pippen breaks through the Sipsey Valley defense. Central broke open a close game late. (Photo by Jason Harless)
NORTHPORT | The first game of the season for the Central Falcons and Sipsey Valley Bears was a tight one until Central’s Vincent Davis found Leonard Tyree for a 64-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter en route to a 23-7 victory.
“I give all the credit to my defense and my offensive line,” Davis said. “The line protected me the whole game and the defense kept getting key stops the whole night.”
Davis finished with two touchdown passes, both to Tyree.
The Falcons struck early with the first Davis-to-Tyree touchdown pass only 1:07 into the game. The ball was deflected in the air and Tyree ran under it for a 57-yard score.
After Central took a 10-0 lead, the Bears were able to strike back late in the first half. Carson Windle ran the ball in from 4 yards out on a third-and-goal play. Windle finished with 57 yards on the ground.
To start the second half, the Bears were in the midst on an 11-play drive before Central’s David Robinson ended it with an interception. Robinson had two total interceptions and added a fumble recovery late.
Despite the loss, Bears coach Antonio Ford had positive things to say.
“How my guys played up front was lights-out,” he said. “My offensive line blocked like crazy. The game came down to a couple of bad breaks. We had some blown coverage, but we were right there with a quality 5A program.”
The final touchdown came after Robinson’s fumble recovery. Junior Jemah Guyton rushed for an 11-yard touchdown with 7:28 to play.
Both coaches were pleased how few penalties their teams committed. The Falcons finished with only five for 40 yards, while the Bears finished with seven for 50 yards.
“They were running the lead only to the strong side, and we made some minor adjustments and those adjustments really paid off,” Central coach Dennis Conner said. “We had a lot of penalties last week and we really pushed this week. It shows that they paid attention.”
Davis threw an interception early in the first half, but he said one of his coaches helped him settle in.
“He just told me to calm down,” Davis said. “This is my game. I am in control of the game. Just make my reads and do my thing.”
Sipsey Valley will travel to Gordo next week to kick off region play. Central has a home game with Parker.