Terry toted the ball 29 times for 168 yards and three touchdowns to serve as the Lions’ workhorse offensively, doing the dirty work between the tackles to pick up the hard-earned yardage.
“He did a great job. Everyone knows that we’ve got to get him going in order to have success on offense. And, quite honestly, we came out of last week feeling like we did a poor job of that and it was a big reason we were not successful,” Central coach Grant Chesnut said. “We set out to establish him from the beginning [Friday] and he responded and did a great job running and protecting the ball.”
Defensively, the Lions (4-2, 3-0 Region 4-AAA) forced four Eagle turnovers, getting a pair of interceptions from Dresden Thornton and Josh Dunson, three of which came off tipped balls by senior cornerback Tucker Simpkins.
Dunson’s first interception proved to be the turning point of the game, with the Eagles (1-3, 0-1) building on their first window of momentum early in the third quarter.
Despite the Lions controlling the first half, the visitors pulled within 21-6 on a 27-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ventravious Rashada to Christopher Seaborn with just 8.3 ticks left in the second quarter to get on the board.
On the second play from scrimmage in the second half, Central quarterback Wesley Long fumbled the ball back to the Eagles at the Lion 47-yard line, giving B.E.S.T. an opportunity to pull within a touchdown and make a game of it down the stretch.
Four plays following the fumble, Dunson intercepted Rashada and gave the ball back to the Lions at the Eagle 33.
Central would capitalize — and ultimately put the game away — behind a 12-play, 67-yard scoring drive, with the bulk of the damage being done by Terry. The sophomore back carried the ball eight times on the series, the last of which was a three-yard score to push the Lions’ lead to 28-6 with 3:32 left in the third quarter.
“Coach has been harping on me about not fumbling all year. So for me to come out and not fumble and get that many carries, it’s a good thing,” Terry said.
Terry would tack on his third score of the night with 3:36 left in the fourth quarter on a 12-yard run for the 35-6 final.
Along with Terry’s three scores, Brandon Delaney had a four-yard touchdown run and Curtis Davenport scored on a 17-yard touchdown run in the first half. Davenport also had a big night rushing the ball, finishing with 77 yards and the score on just eight carries.
The Lions now have a much-needed open week to heal some wounds before a big home date with Callaway on Oct. 12.
“We’re 3-0 in the region and we’ve got a tough road ahead. I think the week off will help us and we’ll just get ourselves refocused and keep taking it one day at a time,” Chesnut said.