Central falls after Buckingham rally

Published 9:29 am Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Central High School’s varsity football team led for much of the game Friday night, but host Buckingham County High School overcame a 14-point second-half deficit, scoring 19 unanswered points to win 26-21 and drop the Chargers to 0-4 on the year.

Central entered this season with a largely young and inexperienced roster, but Head Coach Will Thomas refused to cite that as the reason for his team falling to 0-4 on the season Friday.

“We’re just not very good right now, making too many mistakes,” he said.

Thomas said Central did not play very well offensively, and though junior running back Dontae Crowder was able to score two touchdowns, the Chargers run game did not succeed on the level that it typically does.

Crowder finished the night with 14 carries for 122 yards and two scores, but sophomore running back T’zion Wilkerson struggled, carrying the ball 15 times for 37 yards.

Central led 21-7 at one point during the second half, and it held a 14-7 advantage at halftime after a 24-yard pass from junior quarterback Jackson Dalton to senior running back L.J. Watson for a touchdown was followed by a two-point conversion run.

For the game, Dalton was 3-for-4 passing for 57 yards and a score.

Though the offense struggled, “the defense played pretty good,” Thomas said.

Chargers senior linebacker Ben Spencer recorded 13 total tackles, including 1 solo tackle, and he caused a fumble. Junior defensive end Gee Ragsdale had 13 total tackles, including two solo and one tackle for loss. Sophomore defensive lineman Tae Ragsdale registered 12 total tackles, one solo and one for loss, and he had a fumble recovery.

The Chargers continue the quest for their first win Friday when they host Cumberland County High School (0-3) at 7 p.m.

“We’ve got to get better in lot of ways,” Thomas said. “We’re struggling a little bit now. We’re just struggling. Kids get down — I don’t blame them. We led in three ballgames, had opportunities to win, and we led at half in two of them. (We) just find a way to make mistakes.”