Still perfect

Sean Kosednar/PrepsKC

By Sean Kosednar PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: October 10, 2015 - 1:39 AM

The Center High School Yellowjackets were thinking about their game against the O’Hara High School Celtics even before they left the field last week. CHS head coach Brian DeLong was telling his players how important the Friday October 9 match up was. The Yellowjackets took it to heart and won 38-7.

The Center defense came to play and held O’Hara to seven points.

“We bent a little bit, but we didn’t break,” DeLong said. “That is probably the best group of skill position players we have faced all season. We gave them yards, but to hold them to seven points I am very proud of our kids’ effort.”

The Yellowjackets forced a punt on the first Celtics possession CHS started on their own 40 yard line. After picking up two first downs Center’s sophomore quarterback Amaun Ryan rolled out to his left and looked down field. Ryan fired an arching pass 30 yards to the end zone where fellow sophomore Rashaad White leapt over the defender and hauled in the touchdown.

The long passes weren’t done for Ryan and the Yellowjackets in the first half. With 1:03 left in the second quarter Ryan eluded a rusher and stepped to right and lofted a pass to the streaking Cristian Cox. Cox had beaten his defender by only a step, but Ryan dropped the inch perfect pass right over his shoulder to put CHS up 21-7.

“Amaun is a nice quarterback,” Delong said. “The JV coaches have been pumping him up since last season saying ‘Coach you can’t wait to get this kid.’ He has the arm, the touch and the intelligence. He is the best quarterback I have had in my seven years here, and he is a sophomore.”

The lone bright spot for the Celtics came at the start of the second quarter. O’Hara put together a 65 yard drive on the back of 15 yard runs by David Haag and Peyton Jones.  Jones finished off the drive with a three-yard touchdown run off-tackle to the right side.

Ryan picked up right where he left off to start the third quarter for the Yellowjackets. After 10 play drive had Center on the Celtic 35 Ryan dropped back and surveyed the defense. Ryan locked in on Cox and pump faked just as his receiver stuttered. The defensive back bit on the double move and Cox was wide open for his second touchdown of the night.

O’Hara looked to have something going on their ensuing possession. The Celtics recovered a short kick at the midfield and marched inside the red zone.  Matthew Johnson flipped the ball out to the right flat to a wide open receiver. The throw was high and went right through the receiver’s hands into the waiting arms of Rashaad White. White plucked the ball out of the air and ran 85 yards untouched to the end zone.

 “We had our offense going and then the ball just goes through the receiver’s hands,” O’Hara head coach Jim DeMarea said. “We got to finish those drives. Even if we only come away with three or even good field position we have to do better.”

 After senior Damon Gwinn took a sweep 45 yards down the left side, Center settled for a 23 yard field goal to cap of scoring for the night.

 O’Hara was successful on both sides of the ball despite the score.

 “I told them that if you take a couple of plays away here and there and this is a different game,” DeMarea said. “You can’t give skilled players like (Center) those opportunities and we couldn’t stop them.”

 O’Hara welcomes Warrensburg next Friday October 16, and Center faces off against Sedalia Smith-Cotton in a battle of unbeatens.