This week I will get to shoot three separate football games and it started Thursday night with a home game between our largest school that we cover, Central High School, in a District 2-5A game against Lubbock Coronado. Last year I covered every home game that Central played so I got to know the team and it's players pretty well. But because of a mass exodus of seniors, this year's team was pretty brand new. Central was again put back into a large district consisting of eight teams after the February realignment. That means instead of getting at least three or four games under their belt before playing games that mattered, Central would only get to play two non-district games before taking on their first district foe which, in this case, was Lubbock Coronado.
Central has looked pretty good this year so far heading into Thursday night's game with a record of 1-1. They lost their first game against El Paso Franklin by the slimmest of margins, 41-40, and won their second game handily against a team from California, Scotts Valley, 40-7. So hopes were high heading into Thursday's game as district play began.
The weather had turned kind of ugly early Thursday morning bringing much needed rain to the area, but it also brought our first taste of fall with temperatures only getting into the mid-70s. The rain was supposed to continue through the day calling for a 70 percent chance of rain at game time. I have to admit, shooting in the rain can be quite a hassle. There is always the fear of your gear malfunctioning or breaking down completely due to moisture, but as the kickoff approached the rain subsided leaving us with overcast skies and a cool breeze out of the north.
Coronado would receive the ball on the opening kickoff and looked like they had a solid passing game going 57 yards in 16 plays on the opening drive. But Central's defense held strong on their end of the field and Coronado had to settle for a 31-yard field goal going up 3-0 halfway through the first quarter. Central, determined not to let Coronado get a foothold, scored on their opening drive in just under three minutes of possession going up 7-3. Two plays into Coronado's next set of downs Central recovered a fumble near midfield and scored again on the following play when quarterback Mickey Scott connected with Nick Barron on a 52-yard play up the middle of the field. The Bobcats were now up 14-3. At the half, Central headed to the locker room with a 21-10 lead.
The game went back and forth during the second half with both defenses making strong stands, along with penalties and turnovers, to keep the scoring at bay. Central scored early in the third quarter to go up 28-10 on a 1-yard dive by Mickey Scott. Coronado tried to make a comeback halfway through the fourth quarter scoring on a 15-yard pass. Coronado then recovered a fumble, but two plays later turned the ball back over to Central to end their comeback push. Central won the game 28-17 to go 1-0 in District 2-5A play. It was a fun game to watch and I wish the best of luck to the Central Bobcats on the rest of their season.