By Stephen Boyle - firstname.lastname@example.org
WOODSTOCK -- Jordan Umstead made the most of his first start at running back for the Central Falcons. Due to a Daniel Molina knee injury, Umstead, a senior, received a majority of the handoffs for the first time this season.
"Daniel went down and Jordan stepped up," Falcons coach Mike Yew said after the game. "He did a lot of good things."
Umstead finished with 139 rushing yards, 46 receiving yards and four total touchdowns in Central's 55-28 win over Madison County.
"I was definitely excited. I've been waiting for this moment for three years," he said. "I wanted to make the most of every opportunity I had."
Umstead and the Falcons trailed 28-20 at the half. The Mountaineers running back Logan Carpenter, who finished the game with 172 yards on the ground, scored three rushing touchdowns. Carpenter had two touchdown runs over 50 yards in the first half.
"Hats off to Madison," Yew said. "It had been a long time since we'd allowed 28 in the first half -- a long time."
Yew said his team just played better overall in the third and fourth quarters. The defense was able to virtually shut down Carpenter, who only rushed for 21 yards in the second half. The offense kept rolling behind Umstead and the passing of Hayden Bauserman, who had 193 passing yards and three touchdowns.
"Defensively, we didn't play aggressively like we did the past eight games," said Madison County coach Stuart Dean, whose team falls to 4-5 with the loss.
The Mountaineers gave up a quick score early in the second half when Bauserman found Kolton Poston on a post route over the middle for a 52-yard touchdown. Poston then hauled in a two-point conversion to knot things up at 28. Central's defense responded to the long pass play by forcing the first punt of the game, and then Central took over the game. Even the special teams and defense contributed to the 55-point total. Justin Bauserman fielded a punt and handed it off to Umstead who reversed field and scored from 44 yards out. Justin Bauserman also returned an interception 60 yards for a score, hauled in a 11-yard touchdown catch and scored on a 12-yard end around run. Both Bausermans were responsible for three Falcons' scores.
Central improves to 7-2 with the win. Only one of the Falcons' losses has come in district play -- to Manassas Park -- so Yew's squad has a chance to steal a piece of the district title next week when they play undefeated Strasburg at home. Central won last year 27-26 in double-overtime.
"It's a good ole country rivalry," Yew said. "And hopefully the game can be as good as it was last year."