Prepping for a return

Published 9:48 am Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Central High School’s varsity football team saw its regular season schedule interrupted again last week and this week due to the effects of inclement weather, and it will lead to another unusual game time.

Tropical Storm Michael prevented the Chargers (4-3) from hosting Prince Edward County High School (3-3) either Friday or Monday. That game has now been moved to Tuesday at 7 p.m., part of what had been Central’s bye week.

Regarding the schedule changes, Central Head Coach Will Thomas said, “I hate it because our routine has been screwed up, which has happened quite a bit this year.”

But he added that everyone is dealing with it, and the important thing is to make the best of it, getting in as much work as possible, when possible.

“Trying to get practices in is difficult for us,” Thomas said.

Central will end a 14-day break since its last game this Friday when it visits Amelia County High School (6-0) at 7 p.m.

“They’re really strong,” Thomas said of the Raiders. “We knew they were going to be strong. They had a lot of kids coming back from last year, and they were a good team last year. I think they lost maybe one senior last year, so they’ve got a lot of good players.”

The coach described the Raiders as big, strong and very good at passing and running the ball.

Facilitating that play is “the best offensive line I’ve seen them have in awhile,” Thomas said. “They do a really good job of mashing people, but their quarterback is exceptional. He’s the man, and he’s got some good receivers to throw to, too. They’re fast, and he’s got a number of them.”

The quarterback he referred to is senior Jalen Brown, and the outstanding receiving corps includes senior wideout Howard Divens, senior wideout Ziayahn Jackson and senior tight end Justin Pollock.

Leading Amelia’s run game is senior running back Justin Wilson.

Though Central has had some time off, Thomas said his team is not as healthy as it wants to be, with the usual risk factors involved with a team playing with nagging bangs and bruises.

“I think our kids will probably play through, but it’s one of those things where it’s a nagging injury, they play, and they get hurt again, and then they have to sit out a couple other weeks, so it’s really tough,” he said.