Hoover, Falcons run over Wildcats
WOODSTOCK – Central’s first drive against visiting Warren County told Falcons senior running back Hank Hoover all he needed to know in Thursday night’s Bull Run District football matchup.
Starting the game at their own 40-yard line in a rain-soaked Homecoming contest, the Falcons quickly marched 60 yards on seven plays, relying exclusively on Hoover and the rushing attack all the way to the end zone. It was all Central from there, as the Falcons rolled to a 46-0 win over the struggling Wildcats to snap a two-game losing streak in a game that was moved up a day due to impending weather.
“After that first drive I said we’ve got this. We’re good,” said Hoover, who finished with 25 carries for 191 yards and four touchdowns. “We lined up and just ran it right down their throats.”
The Falcons (2-3, 1-1 Bull Run) racked up 356 yards of total offense in the rout, including 289 yards and six touchdowns on the ground on 42 carries, an average of 6.9 yards per rush. When asked if he was surprised at how well the Falcons ran the football against Warren County, Central head coach Mike Yew responded “yes and no.”
“We kind of thought we needed to be as good up front as we’ve been in some of our games this year,” Yew said. “It was our point of emphasis to line up and just see if we could do that and our kids were successful tonight. We’re very, I wouldn’t say surprised … but we’re just very excited about how well we blocked up front.”
Central rushed the ball on six of its seven plays on the opening drive, which included runs of 17 and 12 yards by Hoover. The Falcons took a 6-0 lead when Hoover took a handoff off the right tackle and used great downfield blocking to reel off a 24-yard touchdown run.
Hoover benefited from nice downfield blocking from fullback Zach Bokanyi and his offensive linemen on several occasions Thursday night.
“You know your line is doing good when you have your offensive line 30 yards down from where the line of scrimmage is,” Hoover said. “On one play I’m running down the sideline and I’ve got (offensive lineman) Andrew Miller leading the way when I’m already 20 yard down the field. You know your line is giving their heart out for us, for the win.”
Central’s defense forced Warren County (1-4, 0-2) in a three-and-out on its opening possession before Hoover capped a short drive with a 1-yard touchdown after leaping over a would-be tackler near the pylon.
A fumble recovery by Falcons senior Tristan Rau set up another short field for Central on its next drive. Hoover ended it with a 19-yard touchdown run during which he juked a defender at the 15 and dragged a tackler inside the 5 before stretching the ball across the goal line to give the Falcons an 18-0 lead with 1:13 left in the first quarter.
“We couldn’t stop them,” Wildcats coach Steven Crist said. “They whooped us all over the place it looked like. We’ll watch the film and see some more specifics, but they pushed us around and had great running lanes. Hoover ran hard, ran through tackles and that’s where we were. And offensively it took us a long time to get things going. Couldn’t get anything going early and the result is what it is.”
The Falcons scored their fourth touchdown in as many possessions when quarterback Jordon Hosaflook (5 for 10, 67 yards) found tight end Brandon Braithwaite for a 16-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter and took a 24-0 lead into halftime.
Warren County’s offense mustered only 93 total yards of offense in the loss, its fourth straight defeat. The Wildcats lost a fumble in the first half and also turned the ball over on downs twice in Central territory, including at the Falcons 20 right before halftime.
Central limited the Wildcats – who lost senior running back Joseph Rutherford to a leg injury after the first drive – to only 58 yards rushing on 31 carries while recovering two fumbles.
“Our D-line just dominated the front,” said Falcons senior defensive lineman Matt Edwards, who had one of Central’s three sacks against Warren County. “They couldn’t stop our D-line at all. Our linebackers did exactly what they were supposed to do and our corners and safeties did a good job as well.”
Warren County quarterback Robert Rutherford completed 6 of 15 passes for 25 yards and rushed for 32 yards on 16 carries, while the Falcons limited speedster Cam Ford to just two catches for five yards.
Central continued to pile it on by scoring touchdowns on its first three possessions of the second half. Junior Carston Shockey scored the first touchdown of the third quarter on an 8-yard jet sweep, Hoover added his fourth on another 8-yard run and senior Trey Riley (9 carries, 53 yards) capped the scoring with a 2-yard plunge with 9:54 to play.
“Our kids were excited,” Yew said. “It was Homecoming week. I don’t know if it made a difference – you always worry about the distractions with Homecoming as much as the excitement but I think our excitement really carried over tonight.”
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Falcons 46, Wildcats 0
Warren County 0 0 0 0 – 0
Central 18 6 15 7 – 46
C: Hoover 24 run (pass failed), 9:41.
C: Hoover 1 run (pass failed), 3:13.
C: Hoover 19 run (run failed), 1:13.
C: Braithwaite 16 pass from Hosaflook (pass failed), 9:12.
C: Shockey 8 run (Hoover run), 8:26.
C: Hoover 8 run (Williams kick), 5:52.
C: Riley 2 run (Williams kick), 9:54.
First downs 7 16
Rushes-yards 31-58 42-289
Passing yards 35 67
Comp-Att-TD-INT 7-16-0-0 5-11-1-0
Fumbles-lost 4-2 1-0
Punts-avg. 5-25.6 2-28.5
Penalties-yards 2-15 3-40
RUSHING: Warren County, J. Rutherford 3-(-4), Petitt 9-25, R. Rutherford 16-32, Cornwell 3-5; Central, Hoover 25-191, Bokanyi 1-3, Riley 9-53, Bright 2-20, Hosaflook 1-3, Shockey 1-8, Brandon Davis 2-12.
PASSING: Warren County, R. Rutherford 6-15-25-0-0, Cornwell 1-1-10-0-0; Central, Hosaflook 5-10-67-1-0, Hutchinson 0-1-0-0-0.
RECEIVING: Warren County, Ford 2-5, Spangler 1-6, Petitt 1-12, Valencia 1-0, McMackin 1-2, Dunn 1-10; Central, Rau 3-36, Braithwaite 1-16, Bryan Davis 1-13.