Central's district hopes disappear in loss to Zizzers

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Central saw its district football hopes end Friday night with a 56-35 road loss to West Plains in Class 4 District 1 play.

Cantrell Andrew scored three touchdowns for the Tigers, who fell to 1-8 on the season and 0-2 in district play, but it wasn't enough against the Zizzers and junior running back Tommy Meyer, who rushed for four touchdowns.

After Andrews scored on a 1-yard run on Central's opening possession of the game, West Plains (4-5 overall, 2-0 district) answered with touchdowns on its next three possession. Dustin Tidwell first broke loose for a 41-yard touchdown run -- the PAT failed -- and Meyer added scoring runs on 30 and 29 yards. The latter run came on the first play of the second quarter and staked West Plains to a 21-7 lead.

Central, which was stopped on three straight possessions after its opening touchdown, then scored on back-to-back possessions. Quarterback Chase Johnson scored on an 8-yard run and Andrews followed with a 3-yard run with 1:45 left. Central had a chance to tie the game but its PAT failed when the snap was mishandled.

The Zizzers zapped Central's momentum when it struck less than 20 seconds later on a 62-yard scoring pass from Austin Riggs to Caleb Walker for a 28-20 halftime lead.

West Plains scored on a Meyer run in the third quarter and opened a commanding 41-20 lead on the first play of the fourth quarter when Riggs hooked up again with Walker on a 23-yard pass.

Central freshman quarterback Andrew Williams connected with Tyler McNabb, who had 12 receptions for more than 170 yards, for a 57-yard touchdown pass less than a minute later, but West Plains slammed the door with two more touchdowns. Central closed the scoring when Williams found Andrews on a 62-yard scoring pass in the final minutes.

Hayti 42, Chaffee 13

The Red Devils' upset bid finally hit the skids in the second half.

Chaffee led 13-8 at halftime, but the Indians' explosive offense finally took over in the second half to pull out the Class 1 District 2 contest.

"I think they just wore us down," Chaffee coach Charlie Vickery said. "It kind of snowballed there at the end."

Chaffee went ahead on the first play of the second quarter when Andrew Hendrix scored on a quarterback keeper from 1 yard out. He kicked the extra point for the 7-0 lead.

Hayti scored a touchdown, but missed the extra point to pull within a point, 7-6, then snagged a safety for the 8-7 lead. But Chaffee answered.

Dylan McAlister scored on a 4-yard run to give the Red Devils the 13-8 lead at halftime.

"In the first half, we were controlling the ball," Vickery said. "The defense, we held them to about 40 yards at the half."

Hayti opened a 22-13 lead at the end of three quarters and even used some defense, recovering a punt in the end zone, to put the game out of reach.

"Our kids played good," Vickery said.

-- From staff reports

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