Center was all ready to host Oak Grove Friday night but Mother Nature had other plans in mind. Because of their grass field and the impending rain in the forecast, the game was moved to Oak Grove and their turf field.
In didn't matter for the Yellowjackets (2-1) as they topped Oak Grove (0-3) 36-13 in the Class 3 matchup. Center spread the ball among six running backs. Junior Cris Ferrer and sophomore Sheron Manning led the way, each scoring twice for the Yellowjackets.
"The veterans on our team are on our offensive line," Center head coach Bryan DeLong said. "We always feel like we can put three or four running backs out there that are quick and athletic, and we feel like we have that again. Ferrer had a big game and some nice big runs. Manning's a new kid to us and obviously talented and give us an extra punch."
After Center took control early with two first-quarter touchdowns through the nagging, soaking rain, Oak Grove was able to strike back in the second quarter with a 66-yard touchdown bolt from sophomore tailback Nate Foster. It may have helped provided a spark this young team needed going into the second half.
"We get better every week," Panthers head coach Pat Richard said. "If you looked at us in week one and the team we came out as tonight and played, this is a great football we're playing against, and our kids competed all night, and we're playing so many young kids, it's trial by fire."
Both teams exchanged scores in the third quarter, but Center added one more in the fourth to seal the win.
"We were able to come out in the second half and score some points on offense," DeLong said of his team's bounce back win after last week's loss to St. Joseph Lafayette. "We didn't do that last week. We were tired and undisciplined, and that falls on me as a coach. You know Oak Grove is a football town. They are young like we are, but they are quality opponent."