Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014
Central High School

Zephyrhills routs Central, 70-21

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BROOKSVILLE - On a night when Central's last 1,000-yard rusher returned for homecoming, fittingly senior Robbie Bradley surpassed that vaunted mark.

Coming into a rare Thursday night game against Class 5A, District 6 rival Zephyrhills at the Bears' Den, Bradley had totaled a county-best 974 yards this season.

On the game's fifth play from scrimmage, he escaped through the middle of the field for a 58-yard touchdown, giving Central a quick 7-0 lead.

Unfortunately for the hosts, there was much football left to be played, and the visiting Bulldogs ultimately cruised to a 70-21 victory.

"They're a very fast team," Central head coach Mike Einspahr said. "Truth of the matter is to come out and score 21 against those guys is pretty good.

"My kids never quit and I'm going to keep saying that. We did move the ball for the most part."

Even with starting quarterback Ty Tanner out with a collarbone injury and a revolving door under center, Zephyrhills (6-1 overall, 3-1 5A-6) had no problems putting up points.

Jaylen Pickett carried the ball 16 times for 116 yards and found the end zone four times, three times on runs and once on a 14-yard fumble recovery.

Devon Brockington, who took some snaps, scored five touchdowns, on runs of 22 and 43 yards, receptions of 44 and 43 yards from Justin Swanstrom, and a 64-yard kickoff return.

Jordan Roberts notched the Bulldogs' first score on a 17-yard run.

In taking care of business, Zephyrhills put itself in good position for critical district games against Hernando and Pasco the next two weeks.

"I think our momentum started when our guys lost that football game at South Sumter (Sept. 20) and we thought we could win. Those guys realize now that we're mad," Zephyrhills head coach Reginald Roberts said. "Every day they show up like that in practice, to get better, and it's showing."

For Central (0-8 overall, 0-4 5A-6), quarterback Cole Teater scored on 5-yard rush in the second quarter and Walker Sheppard added a 25-yard touchdown run in the fourth.

Bradley carried the ball 14 times for 81 yards. The last Bear to exceed 1,000 yards on the ground was current Green Bay Packer DuJuan Harris with 1,641 in 2006.

Harris, recovering from season-ending knee surgery, was in attendance. The 2007 graduate said it was the first Central game he had witnessed since his prep career ended.

"I think for the team it's a good milestone to have a back do stuff like that," Einspahr said of Bradley. "This stretch of the schedule is brutal with Springstead, Zephyrhills, South Sumter and Hernando. Defensively they're fast."

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Zephyrhills 70, Central 21

Qtr. Scoring 1 2 3 4

ZEP 21 14 14 21 - 70

CEN 7 7 0 7 - 21

Individual Scoring:

CEN - Bradley 58 run (Evans kick)

ZEP - J. Roberts 17 run (Gleaton kick)

ZEP - Pickett 1 run (Gleaton kick)

ZEP - Pickett 14 fumble recovery (Gleaton kick)

ZEP - Brockington 44 pass from Swanstrom (Gleaton kick)

CEN - Teater 5 run (Evans kick)

ZEP - Pickett 1 run (Gleaton kick)

ZEP - Brockington 22 run (Gleaton kick)

ZEP - Brockington 43 run (Gleaton kick)

ZEP - Brockington 43 pass from Swanstrom (Gleaton kick)

ZEP - Pickett 18 run (Gleaton kick)

CEN - Sheppard 25 run (Evans kick)

ZEP - Brockington 64 kickoff return (Gleaton kick)

ZEP CEN

First Downs 11 8

Atts./Rushing Yds. 30-293 34-175

Comps./Pass/Atts/Int. 6-6-0 9-19-1

Passing Yds. 144 81

Total Offense 36-437 53-256

Return Yds. 3-70 7-176

Punts/Avg. 0-0 3-25.7

Fumbles/Lost 3-0 4-2

Penalties 10-65 7-40

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