CARDINGTON — With Cardington moving the Centerburg running backs back on most of their carries, the Trojans brought out its large band of receivers to take the team to victory on Friday, 24-13.
Even with Donnell Marshall going for 106 yards on 14 carries, the rest of Centerburg (6-3, 4-2) ran 10 times for -70 yards (24-36). That left QB Jack Gregory to take up the slack, and he completed 22 of 36 passes for 279 of the team’s 291 passing yards. The Pirates (1-8, 1-5) rushed for 183 yards and passed for 161, and outgained the Trojans, 344-327.
Gregory led an immediate scoring drive after the opening kickoff, finishing with Hayden Sutton’s 10-yard catch with 10:48 to play. The 7-0 lead, however, lasted for more than a quarter, finally broken by an Ellis Grizenko 31-yard field goal that left Centerburg up, 10-0.
Nathan Hickman’s 32-yard TD run with 2:29 to play in the half cut the lead to 10-7 for Cardington, but Gregory had plenty of time to lead another big drive, finding Sutton for a 19-yard pass with 1:22 left to go to the break leading 17-7.
The Pirates’ defense continued to be tough against the run, leaving the game a stalemate until late in the fourth. With time running out, Marshall finally got free for a big gain, going 65 yards to score with 20 seconds to play to give the Trojans a 24-7 edge. But Cardington wasn’t through either, as Hickman hit Trey Brininger for a 65-yard pass with three seconds to play for the final score.
Sutton had a big night, catching six passes for 138 yards, and Tyler Johnson and Sam Hansen each had four receptions for 61 and 46 yards, respectively. Hickman led Cardington runners with 18 carries for 91 yards, and Brininger hauled in two catches for 94 yards.
Centerburg closes out the season at Fredericktown at 7 p.m. on Friday, and Cardington will host Mount Gilead.
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