Molina leads Central in rout
By Tommy Keeler Jr.
WOODSTOCK — Central showed how strong its passing game could be in last week’s season-opening victory. On Friday night, the Falcons showed the running game can be just as strong.
Central used a balanced offensive attack to build a huge lead and cruise to a 61-8 victory over Stonewall Jackson.
Central senior tailback Daniel Molina ran for 130 yards on just 10 carries. As a team, the Falcons ran for 270 yards.
“It’s a good feeling to have our running game back,” Molina said. “And with a great passing team too, it’s like a double threat. So, that’s good to have.”
It took the Falcons only two plays to score the first score of the game. After an 11-yard run by Molina, Central quarterback Hayden Bauserman completed a 55-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Tommy Caison, just 38 seconds into the game.
“We practiced that play a lot. We drew it up before the locker room,” Caison said. “Hayden threw a good ball, and I just went up and got it.”
Caison gave Central good field position on its next drive, after returning a punt 16 yards to the Stonewall Jackson 42.
Molina needed only two carries to give the Falcons a 14-0 lead, on a 26-yard touchdown run with 8:27 left in the first quarter.
After Central’s Justin Bauserman recovered a fumble at midfield, the Falcons needed only four plays to score again. Hayden Bauserman connected with Justin Bauserman for a 13-yard touchdown with 4:24 left in the first quarter.
Molina added another touchdown on the Falcons next drive, which was set-up by a 34-yard pass from Hayden Bauserman to Kolton Poston.
Caison then gave the Falcons a boost with an 85-yard punt return for a touchdown.
“I was winded,” Caison said of his punt return. “I’ve got to give props to my punt return team, they led me all the way. I couldn’t have done it without them.”
Caison transferred this year from Strasburg. The Rams didn’t throw the ball very much the last few seasons, and Caison said he’s enjoying being on a team that likes to throw.
“It feels good. They’re giving me a chance, and I’m getting to show my talent and show who I really am,” Caison said. “I fit in with everybody here. I feel like I fit in even better here.”
Hayden Bauserman finished the game 7-for-11 for 171 yards and three TD passes. He also ran for one. He also threw to six different receivers.
“The good problem we have is we have five wide receivers that can play,” Central coach Mike Yew said. “And sometimes it’s hard getting five wide receivers the ball during the course of a game.”
Central senior running back Jordan Rau finished with 90 yards on 16 carries for the Falcons.
“We left our starters in the whole first half. We have an obligation to get our team ready and that’s what we were trying to do,” Yew said. “We ran a lot of things that we’re going to have to run this season to make us better. I’ve got a lot of respect for [Stonewall Jackson] coach [Dick] Krol and their entire program. I know all those coaches over there — they’re good guys. I know they’re going through a little down period right now and they’re doing some new things. It will get better there’s no doubt about it.
“We’re just on the opposite side of the coin right now is all it comes down to.”
Stonewall Jackson’s Derrick Smith had 110 yards rushing on 14 carries to lead the Generals. Krol declined to comment after the game.
Central has now won its first two games by a combined score of 103-8. The Falcons have a bye week next week, but will then host Spotswood the following week.
“It’s going to be a battle, going to be a tough game right here,” Yew said of Spotswood. “We knew with Stonewall, it was still going to be a physical game. We were just hoping to get through the first two game and to be 2-0 was our goal. We have a bye week, we need to get rested up and two weeks play Spostwood here. It will kind of give us a measuring stick of seeing where we really are in the scheme of things in Division 3.”
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