Roughriders hold on to win opening game thriller, 35-30
The Center Roughriders rolled up 307 yards total offense and five touchdowns to hold off the Tatum Eagles in a back-and-forth battle that went down to the final seconds of the season opener.
The 35-30 win has the Roughriders entering Week II of the 2018 season with a 1-0 record as they travel to Jefferson next Friday for another non-district game. Most of Center's offensive yards came from the throwing arm of junior quarterback Jayden Hicks who connected on 14 of 18 attempts for 283 yards passing.
“We got the win but we made a million mistakes,” Head Coach Barry Bowman told the team after the game. He said team back at the field house at 10 a.m. Saturday to watch those mistakes on video to see where they can improve.
The Riders only had 24 yards rushing in the contest.
Hicks favorite target for the night was No. 4, Jakerrion Watson, also a junior. Watson caught six passes for 124 yards and four of the team's five TD's for the night.
Junior Zacc Smith had 101 yards receiving and one touchdown while Devon Robinson rounded out the Roughriders' aerial attack catching three passed for 58 yards.
Tatum came out of the gate scoring on the opening drive on a 58-yard drive on a 5-yard TD run by the Eagles Jachais Jenkins with 10:20 still on the first quarter clock.
Center came back strong with a 73-yard, six play drive to tie things up Watson caught a Hicks pass a 51-yard score with 9:01 left in the first quarter.
Tatum scored another TD and made a field goal in the first quarter while the Roughriders came back on a Hicks pass to finish the quarter with Tatum on top, 17-14.
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