Central's Davis scores winning touchdown on fourth-down quarterback keeper
Fri. September 21, 2012 at 11:23 p.m. | By Tommy Deas
Central running back Jemah Guyton (21) rushed for 72 yards on 20 carries. (Photo by T.G. Paschal)
TUSCALOOSA | Central High School couldn’t win a shootout against Brookwood and its red-hot quarterback, Seth Franks, on Friday night, so the Falcons took away his ammunition and found some weapons of their own.
Central’s quarterback, Vincent Davis, threw two touchdown passes and scored on a fourth-and-goal sneak from the 1-yard line for the decisive score in the Falcons’ 27-21 victory. Central improved to 3-1 overall, 2-1 in Class 5A, Region 5 play, while Brookwood fell to 2-2, 1-2 in the region.
“I was just fighting all night, fighting to win the game,” said Davis, who rebounded after throwing an interception on Central’s first offensive snap to go 9 for 13 passing for 125 yards while running for 79 yards on 13 carries.
Franks, who is already getting recruiting attention from several major-conference schools, went 10 of 12 for 155 yards in the first half with touchdown passes of 17 yards to Anthony McCostlin, 51 yards to Parker Bearden and 16 yards to Jordan Boykins on a fourth-and-12 play. The Panthers jumped ahead 13-0 before Davis and the Falcons responded. Davis threw scoring passes of 32 and 4 yards to Robert Bates before intermission and Brookwood led 21-14 at the half.
In the second half, Central clamped down on Franks, with DeMarcus Pippen and Ronderek Rice applying big hits to break up passes and Fletcher Wilder leading the pass rush. Franks started the second half 0-for-5, with Rice intercepting a pass and returning it 27 yards for a touchdown to tie the game at 21.
“He had been tearing me up all night,” Rice said of Franks, “and I got him. That’s my first touchdown ever.”
Davis scored the winning touchdown on a sneak with 9:48 to play.
Brookwood had two late chances, failing on fourth-and-5 from the Central 16 and spiking the ball on their final offensive play on fourth-and-2 at the Central 40-yard line with 5 seconds to go. The Panthers’ coaches thought they had the first down because officials stopped the clock after a third-down completion.
“I’m not going to blame anything,” Brookwood coach Ricky Bush said. “Our kids played well and we didn’t execute down the line.”
McCostlin gained 53 yards on 18 carries. Central’s Jemah Guyton hustled for 72 yards on 20 attempts.
Central will visit Tuscaloosa County next Friday. Brookwood will visit Oak Grove.