Central’s ninth grade football team goes undefeated

Central’s varsity football season might have come to an end on Friday, but the Falcons have plenty of reasons for optimism about the future of the program.

Central’s ninth grade team recently finished off an undefeated season with a perfect 9-0 record.

“I’m very proud of them,” Central head ninth grade coach Bryan Scott said in a phone interview Monday. “We had a good group of freshman and eighth graders this year. I had a very good team, good size, good speed.”

Scott said some of his standout players on offense included quarterback Zebadiah Dyer, receiver/running back Kyle Clanton, tailback Shane Watson and fullback Zach Abrams. Scott said on defense some of his standouts were linebackers Dravon Bowman, Abrams and Christian Spitler.

He said that he thought coming into the season he would have a good team, and the kids had a good work ethic in the off season.

“We took our lumps last year. We were definitely eighth-grade dominated last year,” Scott said. “We had a very good off season in the weight room. …We knew from just looking at what we had in the weight room, and our overall size of the kids that were coming in, we knew that we might have something special. It was just a matter of getting them to believe in the system and playing together.”

The Falcons averaged 35.8 points per game, and scored 64 points in a victory over Madison County. Central allowed an average of 6.3 points per contest and had four shutouts.

“We put some points on the board,” Scott said. “I got to let a lot of the eighth graders play that normally in some close-game situations would have never got to play. That kind of helps out for next year, to get some real game time experience.”

Scott said his three assistant coaches Ricky Miller, Sean Semones and Josh Gum were a tremendous help to him and the success of the team.

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com