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Wes Riddell shakes a Scappoose defender
September 24, 2013
INDEPENDENCE - The two-headed running attack led by Wes Riddell and Tell Cruickshank was enough to carry Central over Scappose 22-14 Friday night.
Senior Central quarterback Ben Finnegan started off the scoring with a 48-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Aaron Hobgood to put Central up 7-0 in the first quarter, but Finnegan's night was limited to 15 passes as the Panthers turned to the ground game to hold their lead.
"We didn't really expect it to go like this going into the season - we figured we'd have one running back with 20 plus carries, but to have two was a little different strategy for us," Central coach Shane Hedrick said.
The Panthers rushed the ball a total of 53 times Friday night, with Riddell and Cruickshank carrying the majority of the load - gaining a combined 215 yards on 43 carries and a touchdown for Cruickshank. Finnegan accounted for the Pathers other rushing touchdown.
"We still feel confident in our passing game and want to definitely balance out the offense a little more, but you need a lot of things to go right to complete those passes from the protection, to the routes, and the quarterback making a good throw," Hedrick said. "We really need to work on completing a higher percentage of our throws."
Defensively the Panthers were led up front by lineman Nathan Aldrich and Michael Alvarez, who were able to hold their blockers down allowing linebackers Riddell and Colton McGill to lead the team tallying 10 tackles each.
"We are going to need all those guys to come up big defensivley next week against Philomath," Hedrick said. "They like to run the ball inside and have some great athletes at the skill positions, so we are going to have to be ready for that."
PERRYDALE DEFEATS PINE EAGLE 40-26: The Pirates made the long trip east to Arlington to face Pine Eagle in a nonleague game Friday afternoon worthwhile. Perrydale was victorious behind the running attack of Haylen Janesofsky and Cody Halverson who combined for 256 yards on 44 carries and four touchdowns. Janesofsky hit first on a 37-yard touchdown run, giving the Pirates a 8-0 lead after the first quarter, which turned into a close 16-14 Pirates lead at halftime. They pulled away when Halverson scored the only two touchdowns of the third quarter. The defense stood tall in both the first and third quarters, not allowing Pine Eagle to find the end zone. The win moves Perrydale to 2-2 overall. They host Kings Way Christian (Wash.) for Friday's homecomeing game before Jewell visits for the Pirates league opener Oct. 4.
FALLS CITY DOWNED BY NORTH LAKE: Falls City traveled to North Lake looking for its first victory of the season, but they unable to stick with the Cowboys and lost 46-38. It was an shootout early as the end of the first quarter score was 24-18 North Lake, but the Cowboys were able to pull away in the second quarter with two touchdowns and a 48-18 halftime lead. The Mountaineers didn't give up however, and held North Lake to just one touchdown in the second half while putting up three of their own including winning the fourth quarter 14-0, but it wasn't enough to overcome the deficit. Falls City is 0-4 so far this season in non-league play. They host Portland Lutheran on Friday.