Centre Cougars defeat Burlingame, 44-20

Staff writer

Playing on the road Friday, Centre defeated Burlingame 44-20 in the second district game of the season. The Cougars now are 1-1 in district play.

In a game much improved from the previous week, the team suffered no interceptions and recovered three fumbles including one fumble by Burlingame.

The Cougars outpaced their opponents on the ground, rushing for 255 yards compared with 97 by Burlingame. They compiled 122 yards in passing, compared with 201 by Burlingame.

Quarterback Kyle Methvin threw three completed passes to Ty Simons for 48 yards and two to Terren Thompson for 79 yards.

Methvin was the leading rusher with 26 carries for 161 yards. Dakota Stimpson had 12 carries for 60 yards, and Conner Montgomery had seven carries for 33 yards. Stimpson intercepted a pass for 40 yards. Chad Mueller averaged 41.9 yards in seven kick-offs.

Centre scored the only touchdown in the first quarter. Methvin ran in from one yard out, and Simons scored the extra points on a pass from Methvin, resulting in an 8-0 Centre lead.

Burlingame scored early in the second quarter. The conversion attempt failed.

Thompson then scored two consecutive touchdowns, the first on a 14-yard pass and the second on a 65-yard pass. Both conversion attempts were successful. Centre led at halftime, 24-6.

The two teams traded touchdowns and completed conversion attempts in the third quarter to maintain the gap at 18 points. Methvin had a seven-yard run for the Centre touchdown, and Thompson caught a pass for the extra points.

Centre scored first in the fourth quarter on a 25-yard run by Methvin. After a touchdown by Burlingame, the Cougars added six more points on a 1-yard run by Simons, resulting in a 24-point victory.

Centre will play Peabody-Burns Friday in a homecoming game.

Junior high

At Solomon Thursday, the junior high school football team defeated Solomon, 44-28. Four touchdowns were scored by Josh Mercer, two by Max Svoboda, and one by Zach Barney. Svoboda ran for two conversion points.

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