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Cougars end season at Madison

Staff writer

It was a disappointing night Thursday for Centre High School seniors Kyle Methvin, Terren Thompson, Braden Pagenkopf, Chad Mueller, Karl Riffel, Tanner Peterson, Mickey Brubaker, Nick Salamone, and Ty Simons as their football team was defeated by state-ranked Madison 46-0.

Centre was 4-1 in district play heading into the game and needed to defeat the Bulldogs to go on.

Madison’s offense used a strategy of breaking out of the huddle, lining up quickly, and snapping the ball quickly, barely allowing enough time for the Cougar defense to get set. The Bulldogs broke through the line repeatedly to progress down the field and score.

The Cougars’ rushing game was stopped early on and they had to resort to passing to make any progress. Centre rushed for 37 yards compared with 337 yards by Madison. Madison had no passing yards. Centre had 91.

The field was soaked from recent rains, and quarterback Kyle Methvin had a difficult time maintaining his footing while positioning himself to throw the ball.

The Cougars’ best showing was at the end of the first quarter and the first five minutes of the second quarter. Madison was leading 24-0.

Centre started on its own 15-yard line. Chad Mueller caught a 42-yard pass for a Cougar first down as the first quarter ended. In the first play of the second quarter, Terren Thompson caught a pass for five yards. Methvin followed that with a 16-yard run for a first down. Thompson then caught another two passes for another first down, taking the Cougars all the way to the Madison 15-yard line.

That was as close to scoring as they got. An incomplete pass and a couple of Methvin slips in the mud resulted in the loss of two yards and an eventual turnover on downs.

As if things weren’t bad enough, a Bulldog ran the length of the field into the end zone on Madison’s first play. A glimmer of hope emerged when the play was called back on a Madison penalty, setting the Bulldogs back to the 8-yard line. However, on the next play, a Bulldog again broke through the Cougar defense and ran the length of the field to score. The conversion attempt failed, but Madison led 30-0.

The Bulldogs scored again before the end of the first half and led 38-0.

Centre had possession of the ball as the third quarter started, but was intercepted on a pass from Methvin on the first play. Madison then scored a touchdown with 8 minutes and 51 seconds remaining in the quarter, ending the game with a 46-point victory.

Nick Salamone led rushing for Centre with two carries for 23 yards. Dakota Stimpson had five carries for 12 yards, and Methvin had 11 carries for two yards.

Thompson was the leading receiver with four catches for 26 yards. Stimpson had two receptions for 24 yards, Conner Montgomery two for 19, and Mueller one for 42.

Coach Stan Wiles said the team was disappointed that the season was over and ended as it did. He said the field condition and the fact that the Bulldogs outweighed the Cougars contributed to Centre’s poor showing.

“The Bulldogs were playing with a chip on their shoulder (after their loss to Peabody-Burns a week earlier) and were out to prove to the world that they are good,” he said.

Centre ended the season with an overall record of 6-3, an improvement over the previous year’s 5-4 record.

Last modified Nov. 6, 2013

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