The Reeds Spring Wolves came back from an early first-quarter deficit to clinch their first winning season since 1999 in a 34-22 decision at Central on Friday night.
The Bulldogs capitalized on Easton Flaugh’s third interception of the season in driving down field 82 yards with senior tailback Secoy Hodges bludgeoning his way through right side of the Reeds Spring defense for the first score of the evening.
Central’s defense proceeded to shut down a usually productive Wolves offense and scored on the succeeding drive with a Thomas Sorg pass to tight end Joseph Sparks on a 17-yard inside post route.
Reeds Spring’s offense could not be kept in check much longer than that as the Wolves scored on four consecutive possessions with three rushing touchdowns from Josh Gronvold, Anthony Lagrand and a quarterback keeper from Flaugh.
The Wolves then successfully executed a hook and lateral with a pass from Flaugh to Josh Gronvold, who then flipped the ball back to fellow senior Joey Longstreet for an 8-yard score. This came after a foiled attempt of the same play the previous down.
“I gotta give credit where credit is due – [the plays] were some good ol’ Larry Bunn’s that I’d stolen,” said Reeds Spring coach Brian Moler, speaking of East Newton’s former coach. “The kids just executed it great after the first try was busted by Central’s corner.”
“‘Who the heck runs back-to-back hook and laterals?!’” said Moler, quoting Reeds Spring defensive coordinator Lance Gosch in practice earlier this week. “So I said, ‘Just you watch; I’ll run it in a game’ and sure enough it was there so we took it.”
Flaugh would later connect with junior tight end Billie Schrader from 8 yards out to make the score 34-14 in the first minute of the third quarter.
The Bulldogs would answer with a lightning-fast 3-play, 75-yard scoring drive with a second Secoy Hodges touchdown. But for most of the second half, the Bulldogs had persistent problems drawing offensive penalties on most of their possessions after their early lead.
“We felt like we shot ourselves in the foot a bit tonight,” said Central’s head coach Pete Hanson of over 50 yards of penalties against his team. “But we went up against a very strong team, and we’re looking to keep on that third seed in our district for the last few weeks of the season.”
Reeds Spring moves to 6-2 on the season. Central falls to 3-5.
Rushing: Anthony Lagrand RSHS:117 yards, 19 carries TD.
Secoy Hodges CHS, 83 yards 18 carries 2 TD.
Passing: Thomas Sorg CHS: 17-32 197 yards TD 2 INT
Easton Flaugh RSHS: 6-11 98 yards 2TD INT
Receiving: Deon Hodges CHS: 4 catches 85 yards
Josh Gronvold RSHS: 3 catches 60 yards TD
Box Score: 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q
RSHS: 6 20 0 6
CHS: 14 0 0 8