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Central changes pace of game to advance past Arlington High


All year long QB Brennen Wooten has led the Central Bobcats in touchdowns per game, that is until Friday night. As the first round of the 6A Division II payoffs arrived, Wooten found himself second on the list. The Central Bobcats focused on running the ball first to keep the ball out of Arlington High’s hands. The result, a season high in touchdowns and yardage for Daven Manning.

Manning carried the ball 21 times for 108 yards and four touchdowns as Central raced past Arlington High.

The battle of QB’s in Caelan Day and Wooten was as expected. The two went back and worth with Wooten coming out with a slight advantage, 255 yards to 173. The downside, Wooten also led in pics, one to zero.

With the two QB’s matching up fairly equally, it all came down to the running game. Kenland McCray once again averaged a monstrous amounts for Arlington going for nearly ten yards per carry. Manning’s yardage, while nearly equal to McCray’s, took twice as many plays to get. The additional plays proved to be beneficial as it kept the ball out of Arlington’s quick strike hands.

Trey Hitchcock and Rashad Anderson were able to help pad Day’s stats by pulling in three receiving touchdowns, but they found themselves watching Manning control the time of possession as the Bobcats slowly dwindled the clock away.

In the end the Central Bobcats (10-1) found themselves advancing to the area round of the 6A Division II playoffs. Central will face El Paso Americas in the area round. Arlington High finishes the season at 5-6.

Arlington 7 7 7 7 –28
Central 14 14 7 10 –42

First Quarter
CHS– Will Grindstaff 11 pass from Brennen Wooten (Marc Cabrera kick), 10:05
AHS– Trey Hitchcock 8 pass from Caelan Day (Chris Naggar kick), 5:17
CHS– Daven Manning 22 run (Cabrera kick), 1:32
Second Quarter
CHS– Manning 3 run
CHS– Grindstaff 39 pass from Wooten (Cabrera kick), 2:15
AHS– Rashad Anderson 14 pass from Day (Naggar kick), 1:18
Third Quarter
CHS– Manning 3 run (Cabrera kick), 3:09
AHS– Anderson 23 pass from Day (Naggar kick), 0:20
Fourth Quarter
AHS– Day 4 run (Naggar kick), 10:59
CHS– Manning 12 run (Cabrera kick), 6:24
CHS– Cabrera 24 FG, 1:53

First Downs 20 29
Rushing-Yds 37-195 44-218
Passing 173 255
Comp-Att-Int 18-28-0 24-32-1
Punts-Avg 5-30.6 2-31.5
Fumbles-lost 3-1 2-1
Penalties-Yds 7-74 7-63

RUSHING: AHS– Kenland McCray 13-120, Alan Braxton 16-68, Caelan Day 7-9, Duson Sproles 1-6, Team 1-(-8); CHS– Daven Manning 21-108, Khalil Antoine 13-70, Brenne Wooten 5-23, Mike Brown 3-15, Cal Vincent 2-2.
PASSING: AHS– Day 18-28-0–173; CHS– Wooten 24-32-1–255.
RECEIVING: AHS– Rashad Anderson 4-57, Aaron Trahan 3-52, McCray 5-47, Trey Hitchcock 5-19, Jacob Russ 1-(-2); CHS– Will Grindstaff 10-102, Vincent 8-102, Adam West 3-31, Manning 2-15, Aaron Wooten 1-5.

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