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Slow start dooms Falcons in defeat

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GREENVILLE -- The Riverheads Gladiators dominated the first half, taking a 28-0 lead, en route to a 42-12 victory over Central in Shenandoah District action Friday.

The Gladiators ripped through the Falcons' defense for 323 first-half yards, while the Riverheads' defense held Central to just 33 yards on 17 plays.

The Falcons passing attack was stymied in the first half as quarterback Matt Sherfey completed just one pass and was sacked four times.

Riverheads scored on its first series when Logan Moore capped a 64-yard drive with a 14-yard scoring run. Sam Goodson booted the first of four successful extra points in the first half for a 7-0 lead.

The Gladiators broke the game open with three touchdowns in the second quarter. Jordan Jack scored on runs of 5 and 33 yards and Moore added a 2-yard run to give Riverheads a 28-0 lead at the half.

Central got its passing game going following intermission with a pair of quick scores.
Sherfey completed six of seven passes on Central's first series of the half with an 8-yard pass to Sean Semones, resulting in a touchdown. The point-after kick was blocked.

The Falcons then recovered an onside kick and cut the lead further when Sherfey connected with Semones on a 24-yard scoring strike on a fourth-and-goal play.

The Gladiators' offense finally got their hands on the football and drove 68 yards to regain control. Daniel Weekley powered in from the 1 and Goodson kicked the PAT for a 35-12 lead.

The Gladiators struck again with four minutes left when Kyle Wilson scored from 23 yards out for a 42-12 lead.

The loss drops the Falcons to 3-4, 1-1 in the Shenandoah District.

"I felt good about our third quarter," Central coach Mike Yew said. "I think to be honest, we went down there doubting oursleves. Are we a top tier team yet, or are we a second tier team still trying to find our way?

"Their offensive line was the difference. They're very good at what they do."


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