A relatively inexperienced football team from Centre High School faced its first test Friday at Peabody-Burns.
A game full of trial and error, mostly errors, resulted in a defeat of 36-6. The team lost the ball three times on fumbles and three times on interceptions.
“We had a lot of guys getting their first varsity experience Friday and it showed,” coach Kelly Steiner said. “We had seven turnovers in the first half.”
The Cougars remained scoreless in the first three quarters. After a 20-0 first quarter, the team held Peabody-Burns to just one touchdown in each of the second and third quarters and no points in the fourth.
Centre’s only points were scored with just one minute remaining in the game. Justin Deines threw a 12-yard pass to Kyle Methvin for a touchdown. The conversion attempt failed.
Centre had 32 carries for 89 yards compared with Peabody-Burns with 41 carries and 191 yards. The Cougars led in the air, completing 110 yards compared with 81 by the Warriors.
Kordell Harding was the leading rusher, with eight carries for 58 yards. Shane Methvin had seven carries for 20 yards.
Deines threw 19 passes for 10 completions and 107 yards. Kyle Methvin was leading receiver, catching six passes for 60 yards. Other receivers were Houston Svoboda, 2-for-28, and Shane Methvin, 3-for-22.
“We cannot continue to beat ourselves,” Steiner said. “We are going to make some changes and work hard to get better.”
The Cougars will play at home Friday against Little River. The kickoff is at 7 p.m.