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Central shuts out Dukes

Central High School’s varsity football team rebounded in a big way from its lopsided loss last week to host Buckingham County High School. The Chargers rode the momentum of a 34-point second quarter Friday night on their way to a 47-0 rout of visiting Cumberland County High School.

“We played pretty well,” Central Head Coach Will Thomas said. “We had a few mistakes, blown assignments. (We) had a turnover on special teams right off the get-go. It kind of hurt us a little bit, but other than that, we, fortunately for us, got some early Cumberland turnovers. We were able to capitalize on those, so we kind of put the game away somewhat early …”

On offense, “I thought all of our running backs played really well,” Thomas said.

Senior T’zion Wilkerson had eight carries for 60 yards and two scores, sophomore Nyjae Carter had 10 carries for 70 yards and a score, senior Darien Jones had three carries for 46 yards and a score, and sophomore Hunter Lacks had six carries for 45 yards and a score.

Central (2-3) looks to spoil the homecoming game of Randolph-Henry High School (0-5) on Friday. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.