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The Central Rockets (3-2) may have felt like they were traveling back to Grayson, Georgia, when they headed to Harris Field in Homestead to face the district rival Homestead Broncos last Friday night.
But this time, the distance did not dictate the play as Central’s hardnosed play jolted them to a 38-20 victory over the Broncos (4-2) that may have staunched the Broncos’ hope of being competitive in the 16-6A district.
“This is where it all counts,” said Telly Lockette, Central head coach. “The national games are great for bragging rights, but this is where it matters.”
Central will definitely be able to brag about their first district win, that was spurred by the Joseph Yearby_Dalvin Cook tandem- with a touchdown a piece and combined for 84 of the teams 124 yards. But it was senior running back, Keron Bell, who dominated the scoreboard with two touchdowns accumulated by several short runs and assisted when both Cook and Yearby were removed after being banged up a bit.
“They have scrappy athletes and a unique defense,” Lockette said of Homestead players. “We’re in the toughest district in the state.”
Homestead displayed just how tough they could be with junior running back Johnnie Hankins’ touchdown that put them ahead 7-0. But Central proved to be unfazed by Hankins or Homestead quarterback, Maurice Alexander, who finished the game with 132-yards and two touchdown passes.
Central scored on four consecutive and unanswered occasions and finished with 164 total offensive yards. Central showed why they are still a state contender in spite of a slow start to the season.
“We are still gelling,” Lockette said. “But we have the heart of a champion team.”
Central heads into a bi-week and will face district foe Carol City (5-1) in two weeks. Homestead will face Palmetto (3-2) on Friday, October 12th at 7:30p.m. at Harris Field.
By Akilah Laster
Miami Times writer