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Central High School running back Justin Eller runs in for the first touchdown Friday night for Central against Air Academy at Stocker Stadium.

Central getting closer

Penalties hurt Warriors in quest to get W

There wasn’t enough time to make up for all of Central High School’s mistakes, namely 18 penalties, Friday night.
But the Warriors showed great resiliency and guts as they kept fighting back in their bid to end a 20-game losing streak.
In the end, another football team that was winless a year ago opened its season with a victory, as Air Academy turned back Central 41-33 at Stocker Stadium.
In a wild second half that followed a 14-14 game at the half, Central fell behind 34-20 and 41-27 but closed within a touchdown each time.
Then, after the Warriors blocked a 20-yard field goal attempt with 1 minute, 45 seconds remaining, they dared to dream they could rally to force overtime. They got two first downs and reached their own 47-yard line, but the possession stalled there, with a couple more flags bogging down the momentum.
“I don’t know what to say,” Central coach Shawn Marsh said. “The kids played hard. It’s just tough to get that first win.”

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