Centre falters against Little River in bi-districts

The Centre High School football team put up a good fight the first half against highly ranked Little River, but couldn’t keep pace in the second half and lost to the Redskins 58-28 in their bi-district showdown last Tuesday in Eight-Man Division I.

Centre scored first on a seven-yard run by quarterback Curtis Gutsch with 6:34 left in the opening period. The 2-point conversion run failed, but the Cougars led 6-0.

When Little River went up 8-6 on a 60-yard touchdown run and a successful 2-point conversion with 3:56 left in the quarter, the Cougars came back with a touchdown on their next possession on a 21-yard pass from Gutsch to Greg Klenda. Klenda added the 2-point conversion run and Centre led 14-8 with 2:25 left in the quarter.

Little River countered with two unanswered touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 22-14 lead at intermission.

The Cougars made one last comeback when Klenda ran for a touchdown from 31 yards out. The conversion attempt failed, leaving Little River ahead 22-20.

Then the Redskins, powered by 337 rushing yards for the night, scored four unanswered touchdowns to take control of the game. The last one came with 5:08 left to play and gave Little River a commanding 50-20 lead.

The two teams traded touchdowns in the final minutes. Centre scored theirs first on a 13-yard pass from Gutsch to Todd Stahlecker with 3:11 left. Klenda ran in the 2-point conversion.

Gutsch finished with 91 yards through the air, completing nine of 26 passes. The Cougars added only 81 net yards on the ground on 36 carries.

With the loss to the Redskins, the Cougars ended their season with a 6-4 record.

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