Central Football Enjoys Tremendous Turnaround
Harrison TN-(WDEF-TV) After winning only one game on the field in each of the last two seasons.
Central went 6-2 this year, earning a share of the region title and a playoff berth.
To build a winner, Central coach Curt Jones knew he needed to beef up his offensive line.
Said Jones:”This year we took some kids that had been playing just defensi
ve line only and said hey look, if you want to go where we want to go as a team, I’m going to need y’all to step over here and play some offensive guard. And so we had three defensive linemen that stepped up and said coach, we’ll do whatever it takes.”
With the line settled, the Pounders had to settle on a quarterback.
They went with freshman Ronye Watson.
Said receiver Reggie Wadley:”He came out of the blue from Brown Middle School. Came down. He was making money balls. Those dimes. Amazing passes. He can run the ball as you can see really well.”
Reporter:”How surprising is it for yourself to be a true freshman, and here you are quarterbacking a region championship team into the playoffs?”
Said Watson:”(exhales) I can’t say. It’s surreal, but the work that the team puts in and stuff day-in and day-out.”
Central’s hard work paid off in September when they upset Red Bank.
Said Jones:”So we ended up limiting them to like 39 total yards rushing and had a couple of defensive scores.”
Said lineman Karl Moore:”Everybody was asking me. You know did y’all beat Red Bank? I’d tell them yeah we did. It was the best. It was the best feeling ever to get recognition finally.”
Now the Purple Pounders are playoff bound for the first time since 2017.
Said receiver Donovan Smith:”It’s cool for it being our first time, but we all have the mindset of it’s another game that we’ve got to win.”