Center looks to cutdown turnovers

Riders lost ball 6 times in loss; Gilmer next foe

Sometime during the second half, I received a text from someone at the Center Roughriders' game at Rusk: “5 or 6 turnovers – coach doesn't look happy.”

There is little doubt Center head coach Barry Bowman wasn't pleased seeing a game slip away amid turnovers.

“We just got snowballed on,” Bowman said after game. “We're not doing things we've coaching them to do. We can't turn the ball over and we weren't tackling well. We had a couple of injuries. We're just going to have to bounce back from that.”

The Riders may be bouncing back into a solid wall as top-ranked 4A-Div. II Gilmer Buckeyes come into Roughrider Stadium fresh off a 58-57 track-meet win over Liberty-Eylau.

The game was 43-42 Liberty at the half. It was more defensive in the second half, with Gilmer helping its cause with an interception and a fumble recovery.

Center will send out sophomore starting quarterback Jayden Hicks to face Gilmer in just his second varsity start.

Hicks competed 8-of-14 passes for 67 yards against Rusk. He also had 11 carries for just 17 yards – including a single run of 12 yards. But he also fumbled four times, three of which were lost. Hicks scored Center first touchdown of the game, and late threw for another.

“Not the result I wanted, but I felt pretty good in the first half,” Hicks said. “The team was playing hard. Second half, we let down and let the pressure sit down on us. Reading the defense can be difficult, but I think I can get better.”

The game was tied 7-7 at the quarter and 21-21 at the half – Center holding leads of 14-7 and 21-14 along the way. Center had second-quarter scores from Katavious Evans (rushing) and Kaleb Parks (receiving).

The status of senior cornerback/running back Jadus Johnson remains unknown afte rhe suffered a leg injury. (Alberto Huichapa contributed to this story)