Center rolls Grain Valley to move to 4-0

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By Mike Genet The Examiner
Posted: September 9, 2016 - 11:19 PM

Gifted an immediate scoring chance even though it kicked off to Center, Grain Valley’s football team failed to take advantage after the host Yellow Jackets failed to corral the opening return.

Unfortunately, it marked the closest Grain Valley got on the road Friday, as Center repeatedly struck with big plays on offense and kept the Eagles offense from gaining much traction in a 41-3 thrashing.

Unbeaten Center (4-0) scored touchdowns on its first six possessions, then took a knee for its seventh possession going into halftime. The running-clock second half was scoreless.

“They’re a great ballclub, and they showed it,” Grain Valley coach David Allie said of Center after his team fell to 2-2. “They hadn’t had the greatest strength of schedule, and I don’t know if it lulled our kids a bit, but it shouldn’t have. We told them they could be explosive.”

Grain Valley’s big chance right away came from the Center 26, but it ended with a fourth-and-long incompletion in the end zone.

On Center’s first possession, running back Norvell Trent snared a 26-yard pass on third-and-13, then three plays later took a screen pass 49 yards for a touchdown.

That marked the beginning of a big night for Center quarterback Trevor Wilson, who finished 7-of-8 passing for 240 yards and four touchdowns.

Wilson connected with Cristian Cox for a 41-yard score and Trent added a 5-yard plunge to make it 21-0 in the first quarter before the Eagles notched a first down.

“We didn’t block well offensively, and to quote a favorite coach of mine, we made up for it by not tackling well,” Allie said. “We didn’t finish on either side of the ball.

“But my hat’s off to them. They’re coaching staff does a great job, and we’ve got to come out better.”

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