Montgomery Central blanks Northeast in home opener

CLARKSVILLE, TN (CLARKSVILLE NOW) – After having to wait an additional seven days to resume play due to a forfeit win over Sycamore last week, Montgomery Central football was eager to kick off its 2021 season on Friday.

The rust of the game did not show its ugly head for the Indians, who managed to run all three phases in front of their home fans, excluding Northeast 16-0.

“Really good football,” Montgomery Central football coach Jeff Tomlinson said of what he saw from his team. “We went out and played physically, played pretty basically solid and didn’t make a lot of mistakes. It was a good football team that came here tonight, and I liked the way we competed.

Game summary

A personal foul by linebacker Casen Cunningham blocked Montgomery Central’s opening practice after the Indians forced their way into the Northeast Territory.

The senior then bounced back with a sack and a handful of tackles from the defensive end of the ball, wreaking havoc against the Eagles in the first half.

“Casen is a headhunter,” said Tomlinson. “He’s still everywhere. He is one of those players who have a nose for the ball. He has a high motor, that’s why he takes penalties, so I have to try to lower that motor a bit.

Points were at a premium in the first quarter and a half until Kade Davis broke a big win to set up a 9-yard touchdown from Andrew White to put the Indians on top 7-0.

With just 35 seconds left in the second quarter, Montgomery Central struck again. White, who was left all alone inside the 10-yard line, managed a pass from quarterback Logan Sykes before reaching the end zone for his second score of the night.

“Kade is the only reason we have the other stuff,” said Tomlinson. “Because everyone is focusing on 20. We can use 20 to open other things and that’s exactly what we did.”

After amassing 62 points in their win over West Creek last Friday at home, Northeast struggled to find their rhythm on the road.

“I would say a lot of it was a lack of execution,” said Northeast football coach Brandon Clark. “They did a really good job staying on top of our receivers and limiting the big plays. We couldn’t capitalize on anything tonight, it seemed. It was like a case of one step forward and two steps back.

The Eagles’ ground game was non-existent on Friday without their best forward from a season ago, Juwan Harris, who is no longer with the team.

Montgomery Central managed to dominate in the trenches and put continued pressure on northeast caller Jaiden Puig more often than not.

The Indians leaned on their rushed two-headed attack from Davis and White down the stretch before Zachary Pierce connected on a 20-yard basket for the final points of the game.

The Eagles managed to hit for substantial plays in the third quarter, but most of them were knocked out due to costly penalties.

Clark hopes his team can eliminate these types of offenses as soon as possible.

“These things obviously hurt,” Clark said. “We just need to watch a movie and see what we can do best, so that we can try to reestablish our attack as sharp as possible.”

Following

Montgomery Central (2-0) will now prepare for a two-hour bus ride when they travel to Lawrence County (2-0) on Friday, September 3, in their 5-4A region debut.

“We should definitely be able to maintain some momentum,” said Tomlinson. “A win is always good to carry over to the next week because you can feed off of it.”

Northeast (1-1) hosts Springfield (2-0) on Friday, September 3, which beat Clarksville 27-10 in Week 2.

The Eagles will need to regroup quickly if they are to start the season off on the right foot in regional play.

“We just have to put that behind us,” Clark said. “Games like this can either tear you apart or make you stronger. We hope this will make us stronger.



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