Central defeats Carol City 49-32
10/25/2012, 5:30 a.m.
Chiefs put up fight before losing to Central A year ago, no one would have thought that a meeting between the Carol City Chiefs and the Class 6A state runner-up Central Rockets would be much of a battle. But last Thursday night, under the bright lights of Traz Powell stadium, the Chiefs (6-2, 2-1), who finished in the bottom of District 16-6A last season, put up a valiant fight before being defeated by Central 49-32. Make no mistake about it, Carol City is a great football team, and I knew coach [Harold] Barnwell would get this thing going eventually, Central head coach Telly Lockette said. Its all about making adjustments in games, and they did that before the half so we had to do the same and fight back. Central (4-2, 2-0) led by its coveted twosome, Dalvin Cook and Joseph Yearby who saw play on both sides of the ball started out with a 21-0 early in the second quarter and it looked like the Chiefs had laid down early under Centrals offensive prowess. But the Chiefs, who were first in the district going into the game, spurred by the leadership of senior quarterback, Akeem Jones, scored their first touchdown on a 14-yard run by senior receiver, William French. Jones connected on a pass to senior receiver, Devonte McKinnie for two points. Carol Citys defense stepped up on Centrals next drive and threw off the Rockets a bit, who gave away two points on a safety after a missed snap into end zone was kicked out by senior kicker, Emilio Nadelman to prevent a touchdown. The Chiefs came right back to score on an 18-yard touchdown pass from Jones to McKinnie, right before the first half ended, cutting Centrals lead to three. After halftime, a ping pong matched ensued. Central came out scoring on a 3-yard scamper by Yearby, hits second of the night and then Carol City answered with a 8-yard touchdown pass from Jones, who finished with 346 passing yards and four touchdown passes. Cook, who finished with 172 rushing yards on 12 carries, struck on a 29-yard touchdown run. Carol City, who dominated the pass game, scored on a 5-yard pass to senior receiver, Gregory Conde from Jones, who sealed another 2-point conversion to French, who finished with 150 receiving yards. Central was able to finally pull away after a 27-yard interception return for a touchdown by junior receiver, Tavius Brown, Jr. and then again on a 44-yard touchdown run by Cook. Lockette who called Jones special compared their win to a game of checkers. Have to go through games like this to know what you have, Lockette said. By Akilah Lasterakilahlaster3@aol.com