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Central football looks to correct mistakes

By Ken Buck
Staff Writer

Pageland— The Pageland Central Eagles football program were reading high from a three-game winning streak until last Friday night when North Central brought that all to a crashing halt, 41-21.
Central Head Coach Trent Usher said his team laid an egg against the Knights.
“Defensively we gave us three long pass plays for touchdowns and offensively we turned the ball over five times, which we can’t do,” he says. 
Central throw an interception for a touchdown and also fumbled inside their own ten yard line. 
“We also didn’t play very well in the secondary,” he adds. “We also couldn’t really move the ball, and when we did, we turned it over.”
Usher said that up until that game, he felt pretty good about his team’s play.
“I thought that we had turned things around and were playing pretty good,” he says. “We had been running the ball pretty successfully and defensively we have been getting after the ball but when you look (at the game against North Central) it looked like the start of the season.”
The coaching staff has still been trying to figure it out all.
“We just came out flat,” Usher says. “We let them stay around and gave up big plays on defense and we just turned it over too much.”
Going forward, in addition to cutting out the turnovers, Usher says he wants to work on the passing game.
“Offensively we have got to start hitting some passes,” he says. “Until we can do that, everyone is going to keep stacking the box against for our running game.”
He added though that offensively the team has still played well for the last month or so.
“Defensively we have got to stop the big play,” Usher adds. “Against North Central two of their long passes for touchdowns were on third down.”
The defense also gave up a long 70-yard touchdown run when two Eagles’ defenders ran into on another.
The Eagles until the North Central game had done a pretty good job of keeping the ball, according to Usher. He explained that before that the Central team had been fortunate enough to recover their own fumbles. Prior to last week, all four Eagles’ fumbles had been recovered by Central players.
“And then last week we fumble four times and don’t get any of them back,” he adds. “We have got to work on ball security and playing better.”
The offensive line has been solid for the Eagles this season, led by Devin Rushing, Zack Harris, and Collin Tice.
“They are doing a great job,” says Usher.
Jamie Parks, John Haigler and Cameron Miller at tight end are also helping the line.
The running back is a “by committee” approach, led by Jemaih Smith and JR Reid.
Senior Curt Chapman has been the mainstay at the quarterback position for most of the season, including a touchdown pass against North Central.
Defensively, Usher said that he would put his defensive line against anyone in the state. 
“Our front six is playing about as good as anybody right now,” says Usher.
That unit is led by Dajon Funderburk, Cameron Miller, Jamie Parks, and Shawn Hough.
The linebacking core is led by Daylen Robinson and Trey Robinson, both of whom are playing great, according to Usher.
The secondary is led by Sebastian Richardson while the other spots are pretty much up in the air, said Usher.
“After last week’s game I told the team we were pretty much going to have open try outs (for the secondary),” he says.
Special teams are solid overall with the exception of the kick off team, which gave up a long return Friday night.
This week Central continues in region play with a game against Buford.

  

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