The Hollow Rock-Bruceton Central Tigers scored 35 first-half points then coasted to a 35-6 victory over nonregional foe Fulton City, Kentucky at Joe T. Herndon Stadium Friday night. The win extends the Tigers winning streak to five games. Central’s seasonal record is 5-3 and 3-1 in Region 6A.
It was obvious from watching the pregame warmups that the Tigers were going to add a few wrinkles to their offensive game plan. What ensued was a passing attack that provided four of the five scores that CHS would record on the night. While quarterback Justin Haskins threw all four of the TD passes, his receiving corps was spread among four different players. Mason Binkley converted on all five extra-point kicks.
The first score came at the 10:57 mark of the first quarter when Haskins connected with Brayden Frye on a 33-yard scoring strike. The drive was set up by a strong rushing attack featuring Malik Mathis.
The second score occurred with 4:35 remaining in the first as Thomas Crews hauled in a 4-yard scoring strike in the right corner of the end zone.
Davion Harris provided the next score by way of a six-yard reception of a Haskins pass with 0:59 remaining in the first.
The final score took place 18 seconds later as Dylan Wortham caught a Haskins pass and raced 39 yards into the endzone. The successful extra-point kick gave CHS a 28-0 first-quarter lead.
The final Tiger score of the night occurred at the 7:38 mark of the second quarter when Malik Mathis entered the end zone from four yards out.
Fulton City’s lone score occurred with two minutes remaining in the contest as Jaheim King scored on a 55-yard run.
Beginning early in the third quarter, CHS began to use mass substitution of players, and before the contest was over, all the players who were in uniform saw action in the contest. Many of these players were eighth graders who moved up from the Middle School squad.
Sophomore quarterback Brennan Hollingsworth entered the contest in the fourth quarter and gave the Tigers a look into the future as he displayed his ability to run and pass. Hollingsworth’s strong arm stretches the field for the Tiger offense.
Caleb Haskins and Brayden Frye showed promise as they shared time at tailback during the second half of the contest.
Freshmen Blake Krypciak got his third start of the season at center. For his youth, his steadiness at this crucial position has been impressive.
Eighth-grader Caleb Craig served as a deep snapper for extra points and did an outstanding job.
Next week the Tigers will begin a crucial two-game series as they host regional opponent Collinwood. This contest, along with the McEwen game the following week, will determine the playoff positioning of all three teams.
Should the Tigers win both contests, they will be the second seed in Region 6A and host a first-round playoff game. Loss of either or both contests will result in CHS traveling during the first round.
The upcoming Friday night game is also significant in that the 1989 State Championship team will be honored during pregame activities. Three members of the Tiger coaching staff – Jamie Williams, Trey Crews, and Ryan Bullington – were members of the squad. Collinwood is one of the teams the Tigers defeated in the playoffs in route to the state title.
Fans are obviously encouraged to arrive early for the contest as a packed stadium is anticipated. Game time is 7:00
The broadcast of the contest on the Catfish 99.7 will begin at 6:15 p.m. with the pregame show. The pregame show will feature an interview with Central Head Football Coach Jamie Williams. WFWL has broadcast all Tiger contests since 1987. The game may also be heard via the world wide web at wrjbradio.com.
Following the conclusion of the Camden game on WRJB 95.9, tune into the Maddox Insurance Scoreboard Show hosted by Luke Crutchfield and Dylan Powley. The show features local scores, standings, future contests, and interviews with fans and coaches.
Special thanks to Joyce Smothers for statistics and Christie Graves for photographs.