The Cleveland Central High School Wolves had a grasp on Friday’s Region 2-5A matchup against the Holmes County Central Jaguars, but the game got away from them as the Jags scored 25 unanswered points to defeat CCHS 32-7 here at Mickey Sellers Stadium.
Holmes County improved to 6-3 overall with a 3-1 record in region play. Cleveland Central fell to 2-6 on the year with a 1-3 mark in the region.
The Jaguars opened the contest with an impressive drive that resulted in Reko Walden scoring on a one-yard touchdown plunge with 8:05 left in the first quarter. Theo Hudson added the point after for a 7-0 Holmes lead.
Following punts from both sides, the Wolves were able to muster a solid drive toward the end of the opening period. The team reached pay dirt with 2:22 on the clock behind a run from Terry Winston. Cruz Oguz added the point after to tie the game at 7-7. The touchdown drive was set up by a big kickoff return from Tony Cleveland Jr.
The Wolfpack defense forced a punt and was in business when Latravious Miller connected with Marcus Franklin for a huge catch down to the Jaguars’ 17-yard line.
Following the big play, the Wolves hit a wall and found themselves in a fourth-and-10 situation. Head Coach Kendrick Woodard went for it, but Miller’s pass was intercepted by Deonte Barnes to shut the door on the scoring opportunity.
That would be the closest the Wolves would get to the end zone for the remainder of the ball game.
On the other side of the coin, the Jaguars finished the game compiling 395 yards (211 passing, 184 rushing) of offense while holding Cleveland Central to 153 total yards (139 passing, 14 rushing).
Quarterback Justin Smith completed 13-of-18 passes for 211 yards with three touchdowns and rushed for 80 yards on six carries with a touchdown to lead Holmes County Central.
Walden had 92 yards on 11 carries with a score, Cory Ellington added four receptions for 67 yards and two touchdowns and Earnest Wade had five receptions for 105 yards to round out the Jaguars’ attack.
For CCHS, Miller completed 12-of-22 passes for 139 yards with three interceptions. Franklin was the Wolves’ leading receiver.
The Wolves will be back in action Friday on the road against Provine.