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Central football closes season with 27-20 district win

Friday, November 2, 2007

Senior running back Derek Walker rushed for more than 200 yards in his final game as the Tigers ended a disappointing football season with a 27-20 victory over Sikeston on senior night at Houck Stadium on Thursday.

Central picked up its first district win and just its second victory of the season, concluding with a 2-8 record.

Walker accounted for two of the Tigers' four touchdowns, scoring on runs of 44 and 14 yards.

Walker's 14-yard run put Central on the scoreboard in the second quarter after Sikeston had taken its only lead in the first quarter on an 11-yard pass from quarterback Chase Ferrell to Demetrius Jackson. Tyler McNabb's PAT put Central ahead 7-6.

Central increased its lead to 14-6 with 1:17 left in the half when Central freshman quarterback Andrew Williams connected on a 16-yard pass to Chase Johnson.

Sikeston trimmed the lead to 14-12 at 8:23 of the third quarter when Jarian Wims broke loose for a 31-yard touchdown run. The Bulldogs failed to pull even when their 2-point conversion failed.

Central pulled away 27-12 with two touchdowns in the period, the first coming on a 32-yard pass from Johnson to Raymond Woldvedt and the second on Walker's 44-yard run.

Ferrell connected with Jackson again to cut the score to 27-20 with 7:18 left, but Central held on for the win.

Hayti 64, St. Vincent 20

Hayti opened a 56-7 lead at halftime and never looked back as it captured the Class 1 District 2 title.

Shaun Jones ran for two scores and threw for another as Hayti (10-0) rolled.

Darin Yamnitz went 10-of-17 for 158 yards and three scores to lead St. Vincent (4-6). He completed a 45-yard scoring pass to Kyle Rollet in the second quarter, a 24-yard TD pass to Aaron Dzik in the third quarter and a 5-yarder to Rollet with 45 seconds left in the game.

Hayti rushed for 439 yards and threw for another 72 yards in the game.

BOYS SWIMMINGConference meet

Central scored 358 points to edge Notre Dame for the conference title, which was held in Poplar Bluff.

Sam Gramling and Peyton Waggener both won two individual events and swam on the victorious 200 medley relay to lead the Tigers.

The Bulldogs won the 200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay behind the efforts of Logan Bollinger, Sean Doyle, Jacob Buckenmyer and Ben Rockett.

Dustin Kaminskey was a double winner for the Indians.

Conference results

Team scores -- Central 358; Notre Dame 332; Jackson 210.

200 medley relay -- Central (Sam Gamling Peyton Waggener, Caleb Coots, Austin Mehner), 1:51.16.

200 freestyle -- 1. Sam Gramling, C, 1:53.83; 2. Nick Welker J, 1:55.19; 3. Sean Doyle, ND, 1:56.68.

200 individual medley -- 1. Coots, C, 2:10.03; 2. Logan Bollinger, ND, 2:15.38; 3. Jacob Buckenmyer, ND, 2:18.65.

50 freestyle -- 1. Dustin Kaminskey, J, 23.81; 2. Matt Holmes, C, 24.90; 3. Austin Mehner, C, 25.00.

100 butterfly -- 1. Ryan Gibson, J, 57.00; 2. Coots, C, 57.50; 3. Bollinger, ND, 57.37.

100 freestyle -- 1. Waggener, C, 51.53; 2. Doyle, ND, 53.08; 3. Buckenmyer, ND, 53.23.

500 freestyle -- 1. Gramling, C, 5:06.94; 2. Welker, J, 5:12.79; 3. Michael Merrett, C, 5:58.92.

200 freestyle relay -- Notre Dame (Bollinger, Doyle, Buckenmyer, Ben Rockett), 1:37.82.

100 backstroke -- 1. Kaminskey, J, 1:00.87; 2. Aaron Tomaszewski, ND, 1:05.34; 3. Trey Simpson, C, 1:16.93.

100 breaststroke -- 1. Waggener, C, 1:07.80; 2. Coleman Schott, ND, 1:14.13; 3. Chris Ogle, C, 1:22.48.

400 freestyle relay -- Notre Dame (Bollinger, Doyle, Buckenmyer, Ben Rockett), 3:33.99.

-- From staff reports

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Congrats on the win Tigers! Tough season, but you could have just packed it in and laid down for the last game. You chose not to and for that you are to be commended. Now, starting Monday, get your butts in that weight room and start working toward next year! Don't wait until summer to start thinking about the '08 season. It is too late by then. And we wish Coach Brookins best of luck as he transitions to classroom teacher minus his coaching duties. (sarcasm and wishful thinking obviously)

-- Posted by tigerfan87 on Fri, Nov 2, 2007, at 10:35 AM

AMEN to that brother!

-- Posted by c-mo4sho on Fri, Nov 2, 2007, at 2:40 PM

Too bad we had to read the same negative comments even after a Tiger victory....

Good win Tigers!! Great game by Walker, and the O Line played as well as they have all year. The defense came up big when the Tigers needed it, and that's what led to the Tiegr victory.

Work hard and good things will happen, because....

I still believe!!!!!

-- Posted by Oschemer on Fri, Nov 2, 2007, at 3:35 PM

Not one negative thing was said nor has ever been said about the young men playing. Oschemer, thicken your skin up man and realize that these kids probably have some heart, they just lacked leadership all season. A win (I and everyone who contributes to these blogs is proud of them for that) against a weak Sikeston team does not change that. I am sorry if that truth offends you. Ignoring the truth does not help these kids and at the end of the day, they are what it is all about. Not me, not you, not anyone on this board. It is about these young men and giving them a fighting chance to be successful. Like c-mo4sho has said earlier, they are not far from bringing Tiger pride back, but some changes must be made. Now again, for Oschemer who seems to ignore what is actually said, great job to the Tigers for putting their heads down and finishing the season on a good note when it would have been easy to just fold. Shows some grit guys! Thanks to all who post, whether we agree or not. If we didn't care, we wouldn't bother.

-- Posted by tigerfan87 on Fri, Nov 2, 2007, at 8:37 PM

I have been silent for the last few weeks as i realized what i previously said had no effect on the season out come and for the most part was misunderstood except for fans like lion83 and tigerfan87 who get it. The school board or the school Administration does not seem to care and will do nothing to improve the program. I said in every blog that i support the players. Looking back they gave it all they had in every game. I just refuse to say anything good about Brookins however and i too think he should transition to the classroom and leave the coaching to those who know how to motivate and TEACH kids to play football. He lost some very good talent who chose not to come out for the sport this season due to his arrogance, poor leadership skills, lack of respect for him as a coach and who knows what else . Politics seems to be his guiding light instead of the knowledge to put together a winning team. Winning only district games in a weak district does qualify him as a winning coach. Reference Jackson. At least i won't have to listen to his mindless interviews and game commentaries until next year. Who in hell does he think believes that anything he says is anymore than shuck and jive blame gaming against the kids who give it so much on the field. Brookins, do the honorable thing and give it up and let someone else take your job who has leadership and coaching qualitites. I would suggest that a meeting be called for parents to air their opinions but if nothing is changed their kids will have hell to pay in their remaining HS years. Whatever happened to parent teacher meetings or are coaches exempt from that? Good luck to the Tigers next year and work hard for a winning season.

-- Posted by semolover on Sat, Nov 3, 2007, at 12:41 AM

you've gotta workout before the weightroom does you any good and right now central does not bust there butts in the weightroom... but hey a win is a win and its a good way to end the season even if it is against a weak apponent...like ive said before "Outwork Your Opponents!!" District and State Playoffs start in the weightroom but you gotta be animals in there...

-- Posted by semoirish on Sat, Nov 3, 2007, at 11:57 AM

Iâ*¿½*¿½ve enjoyed everyoneâ*¿½*¿½s comments throughout the season. The victory against Sikeston was a good one for the team, nothing like ending on a high note. Everyone is correct that next yearâ*¿½*¿½s season starts this Monday. I've always likes the old saying "CHAMPIONS ARE MADE IN THE OFF SEASON" Josh Mills of the Standard Democrat wrote a good article on semoball under high school football, "Sikeston falls shorts against Cape Central". The last paragraph is a statement from Sikestonâ*¿½*¿½s coach Gibbs which is ""We need a good basketball season," he added. "We need a good wrestling season and we need a good off-season conditioning program. We're going to do that and we'll see what happens."" This statement and the comment by SEMOindianfan4life "Coach Gibbs is right on. What the Cape Central Coaches fail to realise is the importance of wrestling and it's carry-over to other sports. Look at The Jackson Indians roster and compare it to their wrestling roster-same kids. The toughness, strength, agility, and overall athleticism of wrestling reaps rewards throughout the sports spectrum. The inability of Cape Central to put an emphasis on wrestling has lead to their athletic downfall. I guess it's just too tough of a sport for the Cape kids." sums up the game plan for next year. Think about!

-- Posted by tigerglory on Sat, Nov 3, 2007, at 1:08 PM

Way to go Tigers, great game and especially to Walker. I was so glad to see you run the ball like I knew you could. To all the Seniors, it has been fun watching you these past four years, I know you had a disappointing season but I know your guys hearts and how hard you worked. Thanks for being a friend to my son and your understanding. Good luck on your future endeavors and GOD Bless.

-- Posted by Lion83 on Sat, Nov 3, 2007, at 6:09 PM

Ditto tiger87, Centralfan, semoirish and tigerglory. To all those who relish in Tiger history I was wondering how many winning seasons Central has had since 1972. An by the way my Lions won again today, beat a tough team in Tolono Unity another well coached and fundamental team. 11-0 and alive to play another game. I know you don't care but hey I having fun. I love high school football! Thanks!

-- Posted by Lion83 on Sat, Nov 3, 2007, at 6:17 PM

since '72? around 16-17 winning seasons.. but i wouldnt pat myself on the back lions.. i have questioned the overall talent in illinois football for years!! that black diamond conference being the weakest! over there is about equivalent to the 2A schools over here

-- Posted by JHock22 on Sat, Nov 3, 2007, at 9:15 PM

Beg to differ jhock, Illinois high school fb is better across the board especially central to northern Illinois. I agree the BD is a weak conference overall but they usually have about three outstanding teams each year just as any conference does and they used to play a tough nonconference schedule. The point is though is that they WIN and have a winning PROGRAM! That is my whole point about Central, you have to have someone build a program that is going to have a winning season every year, yes you may have a couple of losing sesasons but they will be few and far between. If Central has a winning season next year you are going to say "I told you so", but how long will it last? Before 1972 Carterville was terrible and then the administration found some coaches who taught fundamental FB and they have had a winning tradition ever since. About the same thing happened with DuQuoin and that is why I say it has to do with coaching. Anyway, from what I have observed FB is better in Illinois, Baseball is better in SE Missouri and Basketball is about even. When it comes to soccer I'm clueless. LOL

-- Posted by Lion83 on Sat, Nov 3, 2007, at 10:27 PM

And yes Carterville would be 2A here and they would whip Central a soon to be 5A school. jhock are you saying that 2A FB is not as good?

-- Posted by Lion83 on Sat, Nov 3, 2007, at 10:40 PM

yeah well you are from there so i would expect you to say that and take your alma meter and state's defense. you are not doing anything different that any other american would do. just letting you know my opinion, god knows we all hear yours everyday. overall football is better in missouri, basketball is, baseball is, soccer is, and i would even say underwater skee bowling..and nothing against 2A, it just depends on what of football you wanna see.. on tv do you watch lsu/alabama?? or do you watch missouri southern/missouri western?? in my own opinion i wanna see the bigger, faster, stronger kids play the game.. not 185lb linemen, and 5'9 qb's

-- Posted by JHock22 on Sun, Nov 4, 2007, at 12:43 AM

JHock22 you are such an A**! You are on here starting arguments about Illinois HS football with a guy who is from there and you know nothing about his points. You are just a freaking homer with nothing good to add to the post. You need to keep your 185lbs, 5'9 qb talk to your self. Not ever kid can be 6'3 170lbs and wear a size 16 shoe like Central promotes. Which by the way does not make a person worth a **** because he is big. I could walk through Central's program and find 5 kids that are smaller than 6' that would make better QB's than our current roster shows. I think the school board needs to take a long look at all the football coaches. Our program needs discipline from the players and coaches both. The only time our coaches showed any positive emotions this season was when we were winning (which wasn't often). We need someone to lead our team from outside the area who knows nothing of these post and this past season. Replace the whole staff and start fresh.

-- Posted by joesnider44 on Sun, Nov 4, 2007, at 9:01 AM

Thank You joe44.

-- Posted by Lion83 on Sun, Nov 4, 2007, at 10:20 AM

There seems to be different levels of knowledge, wisdom, and maturity trying to communicate on the same level. Although the subject matter serves as a common denominator, the focus seems to drift more to the differences of opinion than a proactive approach to improving an unfortunate situation for the kids and their once in a lifetime memories.

-- Posted by SEMO56 on Sun, Nov 4, 2007, at 11:31 AM

semoirish, good point. Just showing up in the weight room and going through the motions won't do it. You've got to leave it all in there, every time. But they need someone who will be in there with them, pushing them and motivating them to get bigger and stronger. Right now, they do not have that. Semo56, you last post was very well stated.

-- Posted by tigerfan87 on Sun, Nov 4, 2007, at 5:21 PM

joe.. haha. dont be upset that the tiger mascot got more PT than your son did. dont be upset with the coaches. and you dont know me, you dont know what i know about illinois football. and thats what he did when we got brookins here.. he is from columbia and knew nothing of the history of central so.. take a day, think about something more creative to argue about, then hit us back. thanks son.

-- Posted by JHock22 on Sun, Nov 4, 2007, at 5:28 PM

tigerfan87 you just give me the boys in the weightroom and let me condition them and i promise ill light a fire under their butts!!!!!....and for this and that about a coach not from this area...who doesnt know the history....that doesnt matter....get a "COACH" in here who will get the community...school...gradeschools and others fired up about tiger football...a coach who will teach X's and O's and whether the kids come out or not use what he has to the best of their talents and put that team in a situation to do that...a coach that can do that doesnt have to be from outside the area

-- Posted by semoirish on Sun, Nov 4, 2007, at 5:49 PM

-- Posted by joesnider44 on Mon, Nov 5, 2007, at 6:39 AM

JHock, as I have stated in the past which if you had reading comprehension you would know, that my son is an up and comer in the 6th grade. I do not want him playing for the program with the way things are now. If you are content with the current situation you are a bigger idiot than first thought.

-- Posted by joesnider44 on Mon, Nov 5, 2007, at 6:41 AM

Semoirish, then go apply or offer to help. I am not doubting what you say, just saying that they need that kind of leadership in their off season training regimen. I agree that they don't have to go outside the area for a coaching staff, but no need not to either. It's not about where they come from, it's their ability to build a solid program that matters.

-- Posted by tigerfan87 on Mon, Nov 5, 2007, at 12:30 PM

joe... didnt you write this??? "Way to go Tigers, great game and especially to Walker. I was so glad to see you run the ball like I knew you could. To all the Seniors, it has been fun watching you these past four years, I know you had a disappointing season but I know your guys hearts and how hard you worked. Thanks for being a friend to my son and your understanding. Good luck on your future endeavors and GOD Bless." ?????????????????? OK JOE, why would they be friends to your 6th grade son??? hmmmmm... so next time you try to con somebody... make sure you change your story on A DIFFERENT POST!!!

-- Posted by JHock22 on Mon, Nov 5, 2007, at 1:00 PM

I think it was Lion83 that wrote that, not joesnider44.

-- Posted by tigerfan87 on Mon, Nov 5, 2007, at 1:47 PM

jhock I thought you knew all of us and everything about Central FB or was that someone else that said they knew who we were? That's OK, last year at the FB banquet Brookins couldn't tell me who his starting OLinemen were. LOL

-- Posted by Lion83 on Mon, Nov 5, 2007, at 10:19 PM

haha.. ok ok..you all got me there! lions.. too funny on that post.. lol

-- Posted by JHock22 on Tue, Nov 6, 2007, at 2:35 AM


-- Posted by joesnider44 on Wed, Nov 7, 2007, at 6:35 AM

Thank you JHock for making the rest of us look intelligent. The next time you decide to post a comment, you might want to think about do your research first. Another tip for you, don't ask Brookins for tips either. That will get your butt beat!!!

-- Posted by joesnider44 on Wed, Nov 7, 2007, at 6:39 AM

yes sir coach snider!! will do sir!

-- Posted by JHock22 on Wed, Nov 7, 2007, at 8:21 PM

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