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October 23, 2013
INDEPENDENCE - The Central Panthers went into their homecoming football match against Oregon West opponent Stayton expecting to win and they did, 55-10.
"It was a little slower start than we were hoping for," Central coach Shane Hedrick said. "We played more aggressive and focused in the second half and put up 28 points in the third quarter."
It was a balanced attack all around for the Panthers. Quarterback Ben Finnegan completed 9 of his 14 passes for 184 yards. Those passing touchdowns were split between Colby Jackson and Grand Lindley, each had two.
Runningbacks Wesley Riddel and Tell Cruickshank combined for 31 carries and 250 yards on the ground.
"Balance is an important factor to have and we had a good representation of that Saturday night," Hedrick said. "Its important to spread that ball around a little bit so they defense can't key in on any one thing."
Defensively, Michael Alvaraez led the team with nine total tackles. Central also had six sacks on the night, two by Madison Stepp.
The Panthers dropped two spots, but are currently holding onto the No. 8 spot in the OSAA RPI rankings, which would give them a first round bye in the upcoming playoffs.
"We'd really like to have that bye in the first round - it would get us healthy and give us extra time to prepare." Hedrick said.
Central will look to maintain that rank in Newport Friday night.