By Jeff Nations
MANASSAS PARK -- Central High School running back Daniel Molina hit Manassas Park's defense in the gut with tough running, and teammates Hayden Bauserman Tommy Caison delivered a pair of knockout blows in Friday's 39-0 Bull Run District football victory.
Molina, running behind Central's overpowering offensive line, kept the Cougars honest with 138 rushing yards on just 16 carries. Bauserman, the Falcons' senior quarterback, connected with Caison on two long touchdown passes in the first half to break the game open early.
Caison finished with four catches for 139 yards and those two scores, while Bauserman carved up Manassas Park (2-3, 0-2 Bull Run) for 231 passing yards and three touchdowns. Central's defense did it's part, as well, holding Manassas Park to just 146 offensive yards in putting up the shutout.
"Like we've been doing in a lot of games, we had a lot of kids involved and spread the ball around pretty good," Falcons coach Mike Yew said. "Daniel had a pretty decent game, as well, running the ball. It was really a team effort. We've been like that every game."
Central (4-1, 2-0 Bull Run) turned the ball over on its opening possession when the Cougars' James Duvall picked off Bauserman's pass. That hardly slowed the Falcons, as they struck on their next possession when Bauserman threw deep to Caison between two defenders for a 48-yard touchdown play.
Molina increased the Falcons' lead to 13-0 with 7:38 left in the second quarter with a 5-yard touchdown run. That capped a four-play, 25-yard drive set up by Caison's interception of Manassas Park quarterback Jonathan Bunner's errant pass.
Central's defense forced a punt, and two plays later the Falcons were on the scoreboard again when Caison hauled in a 49-yard touchdown strike from Bauserman to push the lead to 20-0 with 4:19 left in the half.
"He's got the talent, obviously, and the speed to stretch defenses," Yew said of Caison. "We take advantage of that, and when we do take advantage of that it certainly opens up things underneath."
Caison credited the Falcons' front five with creating the time to make those big plays happen.
"You've got to give credit to our line for giving Hayden time to get the ball to me," Caison said. "We had to take advantage of the defense. We know what we have, and it came open."
The Falcons struck once more before the half. With just 59 seconds to go in the second quarter, Central drove 59 yards for the score when Bauserman hit Zach Herbaugh on a 4-yard touchdown pass. That drive took just 45 seconds over five plays.
Central kept right on rolling in the second half. Justin Bauserman's 17-yard touchdown off a reverse stretched the lead to 33-0 with 8:48 left in the third quarter, and Molina capped the scoring with an 11-yard touchdown run with 4:25 left in the third to start the running clock.
Central finished with 428 yards of total offense.
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