TYLER TAKES TO THE AIR. Nash Central Middle School quarterback Tyler Barrow throws a completion to a teammate during last Thursday afternoon’s home gridiron victory against Speight at the NCMS Football Field in Nashville.
NASHVILLE -- It didn’t take long for the Nash Central Middle School Trojans to get their offensive revving during last Thursday’s home gridiron meeting against Wilson Speight.
The Trojans found the end zone on the second play of the game -- and would strike paydirt time and time again en route to a 35-12 decision over the Bobcats at the NCMS Football Field.
Nash Central will carry a 5-2 record into Thursday’s home showdown against county rival Red Oak. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.
Against Speight, Central took the opening kickoff and gained the ball at its own 37-yard line.
On the initial snap, Anthony Risien rumbled 25 yards for the Trojans. One play later, Charles Harvey took a handoff through the left side and broke two tackles on his way to the end zone for a touchdown.
David Sutton booted the PAT, and the Trojans were ahead to stay at 7-0 at the 7:13 mark of the opening stanza of action.
Speight’s first series resulted in a four-and-out, and the ensuing punt was kicked into the Cougars’ offensive line.
NC’s Kashard Howell picked up the loose ball in alert fashion and sped all the way to the Speight 12-yard line.
Facing a third-and-14, Nash Central converted when Harvey went left again for another touchdown. Sutton delivered another PAT to send the Trojans in charge at 14-0 with 2:37 left in the first quarter.
Speight, led by quarterback Jaivius Hicks, put together a nice drive, but the Cougars eventually encountered a fourth-and-2 from the Nash Central 19-yard line.
That’s when Tyler Barrow and Michael Morris roared through the line of scrimmage for a sack that resulted in a 6-yard loss -- and gave the ball back to the Trojans.
After an exchange of possessions, Hicks turned a busted play into a score as he dropped a snap before recovering for a 24-yard touchdown burst that got Speight back into the game at 14-6 with 2:05 remaining before intermission.
But Nash Central responded when Harvey went 33 yards on a fourth-down draw play to set up a slant pass from Barrow to Morris for an 18-yard TD connection.
Barrow and Morris also teamed up for the 2-pointer, and the Trojans had extended their cushion to 22-6 with 34 ticks left before the break.
Barrow and Morris would hook up again early in the second half, this time for a 60-yard touchdown that pushed Nash Central ahead 29-6.
Following a Speight kickoff return for a score, Harvey sealed the deal for the Trojans with his third tally of the contest.
In addition to his club’s offensive success, Nash Central head coach Todd Brewer credited his Trojans for another outstanding effort on the defensive side of the ball against a potent Speight attack.