High School Football
Central storms out with win in season opener
by Doug Gorman
It didn’t take long for the Central Christian Crusaders (once known Heritage Christian) to put last year’s disappointing one-win season behind it.
The eight-man football team went into the 2014 opener with a new school name and a new attitude, and they took it out on visiting Freedom Academy from across the state line in Huntsville, 52-20 in a game that used a running clock in the fourth quarter.
“I had a lot of confidence in our offense,” head coach Paul Frantz said. “We said we are going to take the ball and put it on them now.”
The Crusaders rolled up more than 300 yards of total offense and turned the game into a blowout in the second quarter building a 32-6 lead at the half.
“We have so much speed, so it is almost pick your poison,” Frantz said.
Senior running back Charlie Lee was the offensive spark plug for the Crusaders rushing for 189 yards and four touchdowns. He also had a stellar defensive performance, finishing with 6 tackles.
The Crusaders made one of the few offensive mistakes on the first series of the game giving ball over to the Cowboys after a fumble on just the second play of the game.
However, Freedom was unable to generate any offense and after a fourth-down stop from the Crusaders turned the ball back over on downs.
On the third series of the game, Central ignited its offense with touchdowns on its next three series. Jared Farlow, who began his career at Central, but left last season to play at Trinity, is back with the Crusaders, and the starting quarterback got his team on the board first calling his own number, slipping around a couple of Cowboy defenders and racing 32 yards.
Lee added touchdowns of 59 and 8 yards on the next two series.
The Crusaders converted three straight 2-point conversions after touchdowns and led 24-0 with 7:43 left in the first half.
Freedom went without a first down in its first five series, but finally moved the football later in the second half and answered the Crusaders third touchdown of the game with its best series of the contest, marching 50 yards for the touchdown after taking advantage of a 15- yard penalty and converting two passes.
Lee threw the knockout punch on the last series of the first half scoring again on a 9- yard run.
The Crusaders opened the second half by recovering an onside kick and Lee raced 50- yards play of the third quarter to give the Crusaders a 38-6 lead.
Farlow added touchdown runs of 9 and 65 yards to round out the Crusaders scoring.
Freedom added its final two touchdowns late the second half, including one on the play of the contest.
Farlow rushed for 144 yards and also added an interception to kill a second-half drive.
“With our team, opponents can’t say I am going to take that guy away, guys we have somebody else waiting,” Frantz said.
Central gets back into action against Ezekiel next week.