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Upper Hand: Central get the last big play over the Cards

By Thomas Sellers Jr.

Brighton Cardinal defenders Ethan Reeves, Blake Armour and Demetrius Frisson wrap up a Central ball carrier Friday night at Crump Stadium.

Brighton Cardinal defenders Ethan Reeves, Blake Armour and Demetrius Frisson wrap up a Central ball carrier Friday night at Crump Stadium.

Brighton defensive end Cameron John makes the tackle but draws a 15-yard penalty for a facemask Friday night against the Central Warriors.

Brighton defensive end Cameron John makes the tackle but draws a 15-yard penalty for a facemask Friday night against the Central Warriors.

MEMPHIS — The showdown between the Memphis Central Warriors and Brighton Cardinals had its sahre of build up.
The contest was nominated as one of four Tennessee Titans Game of Week. The match up was selected as the 88.5 Radio broadcast for this past Friday night. But it appeared the Cardinals didn’t get the full memo.
After suffering a 20-13 defeat to the Warriors, the leaders of the Cardinals acknowledged on the worn turf of Crump Stadium that the week of practice on the campus of Brighton High School was lackluster.
And penalties, mental errors and turnovers kept the Warriors close. Then Central prevail in the showdown leaving still unbeaten in Region 8-5A play.
“You look back at the first half, totally 100 percent we could have stopped their touchdown drive,” Brighton Head Coach Robin Jacobs noted. “But we had 12 people on the field. That gave them their first first down. Then we had a penalty that took it from fourth and six to fourth and one.
“We’ve got to get better at that and that starts with the head coach,” he added. “There’s no ifs, ands or buts about it. And we’ll start Monday getting it straight. Next Friday night they’ll be a different team. Unfortunately tonight it was for the district championship or first place in it. We want to get in this position every year. But this one is my fault. That’s it but things will be rectify come Monday.”
The Warriors (6-1, 4-0) fell behind 3-0 when Cardinal Nolan Combs drilled a 27-yard field goal near the end of the first quarter.
The Brighton defense featuring standouts like Blake Armour, Jordan John, Cameron John and Demetrius Frisson kept the Warriors in neutral the entire first quarter. But as the scoreboard transition to the second quarter, the Cardinals started to have lapses.
Central took the lead for the first time in the second quarter with a touchdown run from Dontavion Davis covering 11 yards. The Warriors were ahead 7-3.
The Cardinals (5-2, 3-1) trimmed the Central lead to 7-6 as the halftime buzzer sounded when Combs nailed a 33-yard field goal.
Central came out of the locker room with big play. Warrior quarterback Chauncey Hopkins connected with Jaylen Pearson on a short pass. Pearson did the rest to record a 54-yard touchdown giving the Warriors a 13-6 advantage.
The Cardinals responded with a long drive to tie the contest. Brighton signal caller Malik Jackson capped off the drive with a 2-yard run over the goal line to deadlock the game at 13-13.
Entering the fourth quarter, Central had another big play in its arsenal. This time Hopkins located receiver Darin Turner for a 38-yard TD giving the Warriors a 20-13 lead.
Despite Brighton having a few shots to muster a comeback, the Warriors were able to run out the clock and gain control of the Region standings.
The Warriors try to remain unbeaten in league play taking on Southwind this week. Meanwhile the Cardinals have a date with Wooddale returning home this Friday at 7 p.m.
“We’ve just got to keep going,” Jacobs said. “We have to play the next game. This one is over and done. We’ve got to take the mistakes we made and get them out of the way. Because if we do that this game is totally different. We’ve got 3 games left and we want to end up 8-2.
“If we end up 8-2, we’ll end up with a playoff game at home,” he concluded. “That’s should be motivation enough but if Coach has to step in and help do that then that’s what I’ll do. I can promise next Friday night it’s going to be a different story from tonight.”

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