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CENTRAL HIGH —
Facing a tall order, the reigning Class B state runner-up Pond Creek-Hunter, Central High didn’t help itself in the early goings of its first-round playoff matchup.
Trailing 22-0 after one period was not what the Bronchos (8-3, 7-2) had in mind. The Panthers (10-1, 8-1) had used their speed to gain an edge on the visiting team and would not let up leading to a 30-0 halftime score. While the game ended as a 38-0 loss, coach Keith Burton said he was proud that his team didn’t quit.
“Our guys continued to play hard throughout the game,” Burton said. “They didn’t give up. So I was glad to see that.”
Despite the large deficit, the message at halftime was a positive one focused on how the Bronchos come back. The seniors led the charge.
“I thought they gave us good leadership,” Burton said. “When we were in the locker room, they were talking about what we had to do in the second half. What we had to do to stop them, and what we had to do to try and get some points on the board.”
Keeping a sustained drive proved the biggest problem, Burton said. The Bronchos could get a good punch here or there, but couldn’t get anything going long enough to put points on the board.
“We would pick up a couple of first downs, look like we were going to get a drive going and then they would shut us down,” Burton said. “We would get into a third and long situation and we couldn’t convert.”
Central High will be making the jump to Class A next season. Nine seniors played their final game on Friday.