Central brings momentum into Timber Creek game

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After a humbling performance against Southlake Carroll, Central looked to redeem themselves in last week’s big District 4-5A game against Keller. They showed what they’re capable of in a 23-20 win over the Indians in come-from-behind fashion.

This week, Timber Creek will look to do the same after being beaten by the Dragons in a decisive loss. But the Falcons will have to do it against the Chargers, who now have momentum.

Central, 2-3, 1-1 in district, will be the host team in Thursday’s game at Keller ISD Stadium at 7 pm.

Timber Creek, 1-4, 0-2, will look to notch their important first district win of the season.

“It’s big right now,” Timber Creek head coach Kevin Golden said of the chance to register a win. “Coming out of Southlake, we found some good things on offense,” he said. The Falcons had answered the Dragons’ first score with a 59-yard scoring pass from Anthony Millsap to Max Patton. It was Timber Creek’s only score in a 77-6 loss.

“We’re banged up on defense but we’re getting back, little by little,” Golden said.

Central head coach Bart Helsley knows the value of bouncing back after being handed a lopsided loss, as Central lost to Carroll by a 59-3 score.

“Coming off the Southlake loss, it’s tough, and you want to put your best foot forward,” Helsley said. “We challenged the kids to stay focused and see what they’re capable of. In four weeks of football, we hadn’t put it all together yet. When the defense was good, the offense was having trouble,” Helsley said.

In the Keller game, the Indians put up all 20 of their points in the second quarter.

“The second half, we had good defense, we had good offense and a good kicking game,” Helsley said.

Golden acknowledged the good defense the Chargers have been playing.

“They have a good defense and it helped them with a big win,” Golden said. “It seemed to give their offense a big boost of confidence. They came from 10 points down.”

But don’t expect the Falcons to sit back in awe.

“We hope there are things we can do against the defense,” Golden said. “We have to hold down (quarterback Jake) McClurg and can’t let him run around.”

McClurg threw for 84 yards and a touchdown against Keller but also logged 107 rushing yards.

Hunter Morrow added three field goals for Central, which helped prove to be the difference.

“The game is all about momentum and the season is the same way,” Helsley said. “We’re just hoping to do some of the key things consistently. We’ve got quite a few games to play, so we have to stay focused on the task at hand.”

Although the rivalry between the two Keller ISD schools is young, both coaches agree the players are excited about the chance to play against familiar faces.

“They know each other, and so the intensity increases,” Helsley said.

•  Keller went into halftime up 20-10 over Central, but gave up a 50-yard TD run by K.T. Semby in the second half in addition to 40- and 47-yard field goals.

Indians quarterback Hunter McEachern threw for 270 yards and a TD, while Keller rushed for only 54 yards. Cameron Johnson caught 10 of McEachern’s passes for 216 yards and the touchdown.

Keller, 3-2, 0-2, now has to regroup to take on Fossil Ridge on Friday.

•  The Panthers, winners over Northwest last week in a solid 28-10 win, are now 4-1, 2-0. They will be the home team.

Fossil Ridge stockpiled their 28 points in the first half to coast to the big victory over a previously unbeaten Texans team.

Jacob Gnacinski again led the Panthers’ attack, throwing for 209 yards and three scores. Keshawn Mitchell did more damage by rushing for 120 yards and a TD.

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