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Park Hills Central Football Punishes Potosi

The Park Hills Central Rebels Varsity Football team destroyed the Potosi Trojans 64-7 on Friday to improve their record to 4-1.

Last Friday, September 24th, the Park Hills Central Rebels Varsity Football team traveled to Potosi to take on the Trojans in a district game. The Rebels took care of business in dominating fashion as they defeated their opponents 64-7.

Central’s smash-mouth running game took over right away. After a record breaking game last week, Dayshawn Welch started off the scoring early in the first quarter with a 29-yard touchdown run. It took seven plays to get him to that spot, and amazingly was the first time this season where the Rebels had to convert a 3rd down on their opening series.

A few minutes later on Potosi’s first series, a big forced fumble by Ty Schweiss that was recovered by Casen Murphy set up Welch to pound in another one from four yards out.

Potosi got on the board with a touchdown run with just 1:20 remaining in quarter one, making it a 14-7 game. This was the first touchdown the Rebels have allowed since week two this season.

Opening the second quarter, after a nine-play drive Welch got the ball again from five yards out, blasting through the defense, to make it a 21-7 game. Potosi then chewed up a large chunk of the second quarter moving the ball downfield, but the Rebels were able to stop them at the 15 yard line and got the ball back.

The Rebels weren’t finished yet. After an impressive 12-play drive that marched them all the way down the field, quarterback Jett Bridges found Jobe Bryant on a slip screen from 19 yards out to score another touchdown. The halftime score was 28-7 in favor of Central.

Early into the second half, Bridges again found Bryant on another screen pass, this time going for 51 yards to extend the lead, and make the score 35-7. Key blocking and some nifty moves by Bryant, and suddenly it felt like this one was in the bag.

The Rebel defense then came up big forcing a Potosi safety, adding two more points to the Central lead, making it now 37-7.

On the next possession, and less than a minute later, Bridges hit Welch from 40 yards out to score another touchdown (his fourth of the day), putting Jefferson up by 37 points, with a score of 44-7.

Potosi then made another critical error, throwing an interception to Murphy who ran it back 52 yards, making it an insurmountable 51-7 game, still with one quarter to play. This gave Rebels Head Coach Kory Schweiss  a chance to rest their starters and let some of the younger guys get some minutes to close out the game.

Coach Schweiss commented on the blowout after the third, saying, “The game went from being pretty competitive in the 1st half to over in those first 3 minutes of the 3rd.  That stretch of the game was as impressive as our team had been all season. I think our guys were excited that they got to play after halftime.”

In the fourth quarter, the Rebels scored two more touchdowns, both on runs by Jaxon Jones. The first was a five-yard run, but the extra point missed. The second was a 32-yard carry to tack on the final seven. Potosi was unable to mount a comeback, as the defense was suffocating, highlighted by Murphy’s fumble recoveries and a pair of interceptions. Central won the game by the final score of 64-7.

Welch did most of the damage on the ground, rushing the ball 15 times for 94 yards and four TDS (one through the air). Bridges had nine carries for 92 yards while Jones had three runs for 68 yards and the two aforementioned scores.

Bridges was devastating in the air, completing 14 of 19 passes for 258 yards and three touchdowns. Bryant was the leading receiver with seven catches for 125 yards, including his two touchdowns. Grant Manion had four receptions for 52 yards, Slade Schweiss caught two passes for 57 yards and Ruger Sutton also had two catches for 33 yards.

S. Schweiss was complimentary of his team after the game, and said, “We have explosive guys all over the field. Welch is on other level. You can’t really describe what all he brings to the table until you see it in person. Jett has improved a ton since last year both in the air and on the ground, and when you combine that with a great offensive line, receivers who can make plays and a top running back in the state in Welch, the success just comes with it.”

The Rebels will now prepare to host the Fredericktown Black Cats, next Friday, October 1st, as they look to keep their three-game winning streak alive. Park Hills Central Football Punishes Potosi

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