Jim Sánchez/ Conexión San Ángelo

SAN ANGELO–From the kick-off until the game ended, the Central High Bobcats throttled the Midland High Bulldogs Friday night at San Angelo Stadium, 59-27. With the district 6-3A win, the Bobcats evened their record at 1-1 and are now 6-1 on the season. 

The Cats on their opening series drove down quickly and got a field goal to take a 3-0 lead in the first quarter.  The big prime-time-play that got the Cats there in a hurry was a short dump-off pass from quarterback Brennen Wooten to receiver Cal Vincent who turned it into a 44 yard, catch-and-run to the 27 yard line of the Bulldogs.

The Midland High Bulldogs on their first series couldn't do anything nor could the Cats on their second possession; however on the next Bulldogs’ series, quarterback, Jackson Anuszkiewicz, hits receiver, Courtney Mcmaryion for a 50-yard bomb on first and 10 as Mcmaryion got behind two CHS secondary defenders. Midland took the lead with the PAT (point after touchdown) 7-3 with 5:46 left in the first quarter.

The Cats responded with one of their drives as Wooten took them downfield to take the lead; this time instead of a field goal, Central got a touchdown from Khalil Antoine who scores from 10 yards out. When the Cats convert on the PAT, it is 10-7 Central which is how the first quarter ends shortly afterward.

While the Bobcat offense was already in-sync, the defense set the tone on the next series when the Bulldogs had the ball. On third-and-10 with the Bulldogs driving, Dylan Parsee, defensive end, steps in front of a Bulldog receiver, intercepts the ball to return it 39 yards; however, just as Parsee is about to score, a Midland defender comes from behind and strips the ball out of Parsee's hand, the ball ends up in the end zone and it is ruled a touch-back with Midland getting the ball at their 20-yard line.

Again the Bulldogs are struggling to find anything going for them offensively. Central gets another score as quarterback, Wooten, scores from seven yards out to make it CHS 17-7.

The offensive woes continue for Midland as they end up with nothing in their next series. Central, now scoring at will, gets their third consecutive score, ending in a touchdown as Daven Manning gets the hand-off from Wooten and scores from 9 yards to make it Central 24, Midland 7. 

The Bulldogs finally got an offensive touchdown on the boards as quarterback Anuszkiewicz hits Mcmaryion who scores his second touchdown as he catches a pass and races in from 44 yards out. With 3:29 left before the half, Central 24, Midland 13 after the Bulldogs miss the PAT.

Central continues their fantasy scoring as on their next possession, 1st-and-ten from their own 27-yard line, Wooten deftly throws a nice deep ball to his brother, Aaron, who gets behind two Bulldog defenders to end up at the 24-yard line of Midland.

The Cats end up getting a seven yard touchdown run as Manning scores his second one of the night. The score is now 31-13 Central, with 1:50 left before the half.  

On Midland High's next possession there's chance the Bulldogs can run out the clock, but instead they end up fumbling the ball, giving Central one more shot at the end zone and a score. The Cats do both as Wooten finds his receiver, Adam West, on third and six for an eight-yard touchdown pass.  West uses his 6 foot-five height to out-jump the defensive back for the ball.  After the PAT, it is Bobcats 38, Bulldogs 13 with less than a minute to go and that ends up being the half-time score.

In the second half, the Bobcats put up three touchdowns to the Bulldogs two touchdowns with the final score, Central 59, Midland 27.

With Central's district record at 1-1, the Cats are now in second place behind the Odessa Permian Panthers (2-0) who beat the Abilene High Eagles 37-17. The Bobcats play their next game on Friday, Oct. 23 against the Odessa High Bronchos; kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m. from Ratliff Stadium.

The Lakeview Chiefs who had an open date don't play again until Oct. 23 on the road against Lubbock High. In other Fright night area scores: Brady 37, Jim Ned 12; Post 20, Ballinger 0; Sonora 31, Crane 12; TCLA 38, Reagan County 20; Alpine 33, Grape Creek 26; Christoval 17, Ozona 14; Iraan 40, Irion County 14; Miles 21, Bronte 16; Menard 39, Roby 8; Mason 49,  Junction 7; Loraine 70, Paint Rock 28.