Central Beat Catholic 31-23

Central Beat Catholic 31-23

CENTRAL — The Central High Wildcats defeated Catholic 31-23 in a hotly-contested match at Wildcat Stadium last Friday.  Now the Wildcats (4-0, ranked No. 12) face their toughest opponent yet — the St. Amant Gators (4-0) at The Pit.

Catholic plays Parkview, the No. 1 team in state 3A Friday night at Olympia.

St. Amant is ranked No. 13 in the state and could prove to be quite a challenge.

Central’s victory over Catholic was the 5th straight.  Catholic still leads the series 41-6-1.  Before the Sid Edwards’ era began, Catholic led 40-1-1.

Coach Sid said, “Last Friday was a tremendous victory.  The defense played their best game of the year.  I was very happy with them.  Offensively, we clicked, although we missed some important scoring opportunities, including a touchdown that was called back.”

Central took an early 17-0 lead before Catholic answered with a 95-yard kickoff return that gave them new life.

Edwards cited a number of Central players for their outstanding performances, including

• Dalton Holdman, DE who had an outstanding game.

• Defensive front, which played well.

• Defensive secondary Sean Parker and Kevin Henry, who had good games.

• The offense, which had a complete team effort.

• Devon Gales, WR who contributed some outstanding blocks.

• Offensive line, although smaller than Catholic, which outfought the Bears.

• Gary Triplett, WR just back from a sprained ankle, who was at 70 percent of his normal effectiveness, but that was still enough to make a major contribution.

• Brett Courville, who was 14 for 18 and gained tough yards on the ground when it was needed.  He conducts the orchestra.

• Lamonte Janeau, RB, who had another tremendous game.  He ran with an attitude and keeps getting stronger.

• A stable of capable running backs who were waiting to step in when their number was called.

• Kicker Greg Noel, who does a fine job punting and kicking.

Coach Sid said the real difference in this team is the defense, which is outperforming all expectations.  “Game after game, our kids are playing much larger teams, but our kids are tough.  They eat gravel for breakfast, and they show up to fight.”

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