Wilcox-Central falls to Henderson

Published 12:00 am Sunday, September 3, 2006

BNI Newswire

TROY – Numbers don’t lie, but on Friday night the scoreboard at Movie Gallery Veterans Stadium didn’t tell the whole truth.

When the final horn had sounded, the scoreboard read Charles Henderson High School 30, Wilcox-Central High School 14. What the numbers don’t show is that it took a 27-yard field goal off the foot of Charles Henderson sophomore Dustin Smith’s foot with 3:06 remaining in the game to break a 14-14 tie and propel the Trojans to the win in their season-opening contest.

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Smith’s kick capped a 10-play, 58-yard scoring drive that was highlighted by a 29-yard pass from junior quarterback Brent Poole to senior wide receiver Jevoris Carter that came on third down with the Trojans needing 28 yards for a first down.

The Trojans fell behind early when Wilcox-Central’s Cleveland Coles barreled through the Charles Henderson defense on three straight carries before finding his way into the endzone from five yards out to give the Jaguars a 6-0 lead with 4:16 remaining in the first quarter.

The two-point conversion was no good.

The Trojans answered back on their next possession by driving 64 yards in seven plays to notch their first score of the game.

The drive was capped by a 42-yard touchdown pass from Poole to Carter with 1:40 remaining in the game’s opening stanza.

Charles Henderson added another score just before the end of the half when Poole connected with junior wide receiver Svante Davenport for a 20-yard touchdown strike with 1:12 remaining in the second quarter.

Wilcox-Central wasn’t quite ready to pack it up and on get on the bus, however.

With 8:52 remaining in the game and the Jaguars facing fourth down and two yards to go, Coles banged through the Charles Henderson line for 15 yards.

On the next play, Quintarius Brooks broke free for a 14-yard touchdown run that drew the Jaguars to within two points of the Trojans.

Brooks added the two-point conversion to tie the game.

The Trojans regained the lead on Smith’s kick and added a pair of late scores to distance themselves from the Jaguars.

LaQunintez Reynolds added the first score when he scampered in from 31 yards out to give the Trojans a 23-14 lead with 44 seconds remaining in the game.

Carter added the final score when he scooped up a Wilcox-Central fumble and dashed 38 yards for the touchdown as time expired giving Charles Henderson a 30-14 lead.