CENTRAL CITY — Things I never thought I would type in The Rewind.
Either Central City (Class C-2, preseason No. 7) or Hastings St. Cecilia (Class C-2, preseason No. 1) will be 1-3 next week. It’s a shocking thought to be fair. It’s also the result of challenging your team as much as possible early in the season, which should be commended.
So, those two teams will battle next Friday and it’s still a big game for sure. Both teams, likely, will continue to get better as the season progresses. Both teams, likely, will be a tough out in late October or early November.
“I feel like (we are turning the corner),” Bison coach Troy Huebert said last night, after his team was defeated by No. 2 Battle Creek, 42-8. “Week one, we were disappointed. Our effort wasn’t where it needed to me. We responded last week and this week our effort was much better, but we have to eliminate some of the mental mistakes.
“I think we have a chance for that breakout game soon, which our kids need.”
The Bluehawks will come to Central City off consecutive losses to No. 1 Wilber-Clatonia and No. 3 Sutton last night, 18-7.
On Friday night, as the Central City community celebrated the opening of Preferred Popcorn Field the Bison were hit by a Hamer, or hammer. It could have been either. The Braves physical brand of football started quick and then sealed the win with two late scores.
Battle Creek’s Wyatt Hamer did everything but drive the bus for coach Andrew Carlson. Know this. The Braves are Memorial Stadium good. They have been to the state semifinals the past three seasons. This team appears to have a focus about them.
Hamer bulldozed his way for a touchdown on BC’s opening drive and they were off. He’d finish with four scores on the night and 17 carries for 219 yards. That’s a hefty average. He also picked off a pair of passes on defense from his linebacker position.
“We challenged our kids because we knew (Central City) had some really, really good athletes,” Braves coach Andrew Carlson said. “I thought our kids did a great job of executing the game plan.”
What will make it even more difficult to defend the Braves? If quarterback Josh Schick can replicate Friday. He was 7-for-11 in the first half for 134 yards (he finished with 158) and a score. Battle Creek can throw you wishbone, trips, double tight I and one-back Pistol all on the same series.
A C-2 nightmare indeed.
A Popping Success
Kudos to the Central City community for completion of the Preferred Popcorn Field project, which included new field turf and an a new concession and restroom building. The project was 100% cash flowed by private donations.
It leaves Huebert nearly speechless.
“The support has been awesome,” he said. “The community has just done an outstanding job of coming together and getting this thing going for us. You could tell the last few years that it has continued to built. The timing was right for us to get it. We are excited about it. A bunch of people pitched in to make it happen.”
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