Chargers look to draw record even

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Central football began its tough non-district schedule last week, and all looked good through the first half of the game with Flower Mound. What transpired in the second half has the Chargers looking to rebound in this week’s game at Boswell.

The Chargers went into the halftime locker room tied at 7-7, after the offense seemed to come alive in the second quarter.

Turnovers and miscues in the second half spelled out the 24-7 fate for Central in the loss to the Jaguars, however.

But the spark which began with the Chargers offense may reignite and kick into gear against Boswell this Friday in hopes of evening the season record.

Boswell was a 35-23 loser to Haltom last week in the Pioneers’ opener.

Second year starter at QB for Central Jake McClurg has garnered praise for his improvement over the summer and he had moments of exhibiting those traits against Flower Mound. He threw for 115 yards on 12 for 20 passing.

“We weren’t able to take advantage of an early opportunity,” Central head coach Bart Helsley said of the Flower Mound game. “Overall, we played steady but just nothing spectacular offensively. We’re searching for consistency.”

Helsley said the defensive unit played a good first half. The offense came out and moved the ball in the second half, but two turnovers and giving Flower Mound a short field gave away the momentum and the Chargers were never able to get it back.

The Central defense gave up 290 total yards and will need to contend with Boswell’s Drew Bicknell, who threw for 183 yards and a TD against Haltom. He was also the Pioneer’s leading rusher with 62 yards.

“Boswell can always throw the football,” Helsley said. “We have to stop the passing game. And their run game complements their passing game.”

McClurg and his receiving corps will no doubt finally test Boswell’s defensive secondary. Haltom completed just 1 of 4 passes for four yards.

Central, despite losing the opener, is optimistic about bouncing back.

“Things that need to be corrected are very fixable,” Helsley added. “It’s the first game, and you try to get a feel for how things are going. I always feel like there’s something more I could have done, but it’s a non-district game and we’ll learn.”

Helsley expects the Chargers to show some improvement.

“We’ll keep working. It’ll be an interesting game,” Helsley said. “Boswell is a playoff team every year.”

•  Fossil Ridge methodically dismantled a struggling Grapevine program, 45-7 and now faces Dallas Jesuit at home on Friday. Their final non-district game will be another test, as they’ll travel to Hebron.

• Keller got off on the right foot with a narrow 24-23 win over Prosper last week. Dalton Mills appears to be picking up where he left off last season after setting the school’s single season rushing mark. He had 190 yards against Prosper. The Indians host Mansfield on Thursday. The Tigers are coming off 24-9 loss to Arlington Bowie. Keller will still have L.D. Bell on the schedule before district play starts against Northwest.

• Timber Creek started the season with a rivalry game – and a close 16-13 loss – to Byron Nelson. Amon Lindsey picked up 135 yards rushing on just 15 carries. The Falcons will look to rebound this week against Midlothian, who pasted Waxahachie last week, 49-14. Creekview is next after traveling to the Panthers this week. They’ll open district play away at Haltom.

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