WINFIELD — Century’s first drive of the night ended with a field goal that bounced off the crossbar and through for the first score of its county matchup at Parker Field against host South Carroll.
That play would set the stage for how the game went.
The Knights dominated the first half on their way to a 37-7 victory against the Cavaliers. Century used a balanced offensive attack and smothering defense to build an early lead.
Century (5-2, 3-1 in county) scored in four of its first five possessions to start the game, led by the Kevin Hackett 37-yard field goal.
After that Century found success running the ball with a number of backs as quarterback Brett Kropinski completed eight passes for 118 yards (unofficial). Although Kropinski threw an interception early, he only missed on one other pass in the first two quarters in making the Knights offense two-dimensional.
The first touchdown came when JT Schneider was handed the ball on the right side on fourth-and-short from the 11-yard line.
Schneider would do more than convert the first down when he broke through the line of scrimmage there were no South Carroll defenders in sight and he took the ball all the way into the end zone.
Schneider ended the first half with two rushing touchdowns helping the Knights to consistently move the ball down the field sustaining long drives. Along with Schneider, Charlie Hackett got consistent carries in the first half and in the second quarter he converted one of those carries for an 11-yard score.
Hackett took the hand off going to his right and burst through the line and his momentum carried him all the way to the end zone for the touchdown.
As efficient as Century’s offense was, its defense was every bit as impressive. The Knights controlled the line of scrimmage and often times were in the backfield shortly after South Carroll snapped the ball.
The Cavs (3-4, 1-2) could never find a rhythm on offense as quarterback Mason Gavin was constantly under pressure and could only complete short pass attempts. Century swarmed the ball throughout the contest and allowed little breathing room for Gavin or running back TJ Hogan.
South Carroll finally found the scoreboard on its homecoming night early in the fourth quarter when Gavin found Ryan Gallagher on the right side for a 26-yard touchdown. But the first-half lead from Century was too overwhelming for the Cavs to make the second half competitive.
Century kept the momentum and closed out the game in the second half as Kropinski notched two touchdown passes in an efficient performance completing 11 of 16 passes for over 200 yards. The Knights bounced back from their first county loss last week.