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By Jerry Holsworth - firstname.lastname@example.org
BROADWAY -- Quinn Abrogast and Trevor Bostic combined for 269 yards rushing to propel Broadway to a 21-7 victory over Central in both teams' opening football game of the 2011 season.
"We really want to rush the ball this year and we think we have the players to do it," said Gobblers coach Bradley Lutz. "I thought we did a good job of moving the ball tonight and our offensive line did a great job of opening holes for our backs."
Bostic, who led all rushers for the night with 145 yards on 21 carries, also scored all three Broadway touchdowns in the victory. The Broadway junior, along with quarterback Abrogast, found holes aplenty through the middle of the Falcons' defense.
Bostic pounded the ball through Central's defense, scoring touchdowns in all but the third quarter. He ran for a 44-yard score in the first quarter, a 9-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and a 28-yard touchdown run on the next-to-last play of the game.
Central (0-1) tried to overcome the Gobblers' ground game with the arm of quarterback Hayden Bauserman. But unfortunately for the Falcons, he played like a sophomore making his first career start. Bauserman was crisp at times, distributing the ball effectively to four different Central receivers.
But he was also inconsistent at critical moments in the game. The Broadway secondary was able to pick off four Bauserman passes during the game, stopping several promising drives.
"He's just a sophomore and he's got a lot to learn," Central coach Mike Yew said. "He showed flashes of brilliance tonight, but he was also inconsistent. We're going to learn from this experience, though, and we have a lot of confidence in his future. We're going to try to watch some film this week and do some teaching."
Despite Bauserman's inconsistency and the Broadway running game, Central still had a late opportunity to tie the score. But with the ball on the Broadway 4-yard-line, the Falcons couldn't manage to get it in the end zone.
"It's always disappointing to lose, and we're certainly disappointed about this game tonight," Yew said. "But I thought our kids played very hard, and I'm really proud of them for that. If we play this hard in all our games this season, we'll be just fine."