The Rebels of Park Hills Central fought valiantly to earn the victory on Friday night. The Varsity football team navigated the defense of the Ste. Genevieve Dragons as they secured their fifth win of the season, and fourth in a row, to improve to 5-1 on the season.
Starting off the scoring was stud running back Dayshawn Welch. His 21-yard touchdown run capped an impressive 87-yard scoring drive that ended at 2:12 of the first quarter. The extra point missed, but the Rebels took the lead 6-0.
On the next possession, quarterback Jett Bridges was forced to scramble on a play, but was still able to connect with Jobe Bryant for a 41-yard completion, moving the ball to inside the 10-yard line. Bridges finished the drive himself with a five-yard touchdown run to make it 13-0 with 8:45 left in the first half.
Ste. Genevieve answered back on the opening drive of the second half to make it a 13-7 game, but Central responded quickly as Bridges hit Bryant from 15 yards out to score the third Rebel touchdown of the game and make the score 20-7.
The defense held strong and forced a fumble, which was recovered by Ty Schweiss. Then the offense took over again and it was Bridges completing a huge 33-yard pass to Triston Stewart to move the ball down to the Dragon two-yard line. Ruger Sutton punched it in for the touchdown, and then also scored the two-point conversion, making the score 28-7 with 7:06 remaining in the game.
The Dragons rallied for one more touchdown at the 5:12 mark, but the game was all but over at that point. When the clock ticked down the final score was 28-14 and the Rebels had their fifth win of the season.
Bridges was outstanding with the passing game, completing 13 of 16 attempts for 185 yards and one touchdown. He hooked up with Bryant four times for 86 yards and a score, Grant Manion for three and 23 and Slade Schweiss for two and 27.
The running game was successful as well, but wasn’t the highlight reel that it had been previously. Welch ran the ball 20 times for 166 yards and one touchdown. Unfortunately, he was injured in the fourth quarter and couldn’t finish the game. Bridges did a lot of the leg work himself after that with 10 carries for 29 yards and one touchdown. Sutton added three runs for 18 yards and a TD as well.
The Rebels will now look ahead to next Friday, October 8th, as they prepare to do battle with the Fredericktown Black Cats in an important district game. Kickoff is at 7 pm.