Central tops Hinkley to finish with a win
Central finished a tough season on a high note.
The Warriors (2-8) capped an injury-plagued season Thursday with a second victory over Hinkley (2-8). This time Central defeated the Thunderbirds 46-26 in Aurora.
“Our kids played pretty well,” Central coach Vern McGee said. “We took 44 kids and everybody played. We got some good experience this week.”
Central had several players out with injuries, including starting quarterback Taylor Sanchez.
Noah Sanchez, who is not related, split time at quarterback with Kyle Rowe and threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Jake Sebesta in the first quarter. He had TD runs of 1 and 17 yards in the third quarter.
Freshman running back Justin Eller shined in his first start, running for more than 130 yards and two touchdowns for the Warriors.
His second touchdown run of 22 yards gave Central a 21-12 lead at halftime. Eller had 130 yards by halftime, McGee said.
In the second half, Kenny Chase returned the opening kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown and a 27-12 lead.
“He actually muffed it, then picked it up and ran down our sideline,” McGee said. “It was a nice return.”
The Warriors scored three more times in the third quarter to build a 46-20 lead.
Dominique Fonseca scored one touchdown on a 1-yard run.
Hinkley receiver Jon Newsome caught three touchdown passes against Central for the second time this season despite being double covered for most of the game.
He had TD receptions of 38 and 19 yards in the first half and a 1-yard TD catch in the fourth quarter.
Central defeated Hinkley 48-23 in the fourth week of the season at Stocker Stadium.