Senior workhorse running back Turrell Williams took the suspense and Paragould out of the game early with his bone-jarring running as the Central Cougars crushed the visiting Rams, 62-7, at Cad Polk Field Friday night.    

 

Senior workhorse running back Turrell Williams took the suspense and Paragould out of the game early with his bone-jarring running as the Central Cougars crushed the visiting Rams, 62-7, at Cad Polk Field Friday night.    
Williams capped a fierce march with a four-yard scamper for the first Central touchdown with 9:39 in the opening period. The conversion put Central ahead, 7-0. The Cougars were never challenged thereafter.      
The offense that had sputtered at times in Central’s first three games struck quickly, it was Cougar defense that choked any pretense of a Paragould attack.  
Aided by an interception, Central hammered the smaller Paragould defensive line for a 56-yard march culminated by a two-yard score by Anterrio Sloan. A 2-point conversion lifted Central to a 15-0 leads with 5:53 in the opening period.  
The fluid motion of the Cougar attack kind of reminded one of Shan na na’s “Rama Dama Ding Dong,” – a Rhythm and Blues classic.
And, like the political cliché, vote early — and often,” the Cougars stuffed the Rams continuously in running up a 41-0 halftime bulge.   
Juwan North, getting an opportunity at quarterback, hurled a 53-yard scoring bomb to Kyrin Burrell. That, coupled with the PAT, pushed the score to 21-00 with 3:48 left in the first quarter.    
Senior quarterback Deondra Johnson scored the next two Cougar scores in the second quarter on runs of one and thirty-one yards. 
With 5:49 to go in the first half, Helena-West Helena led 33-0.   
Sloan picked off a Paragould pass on the Rams’ next possession. It took Johnson just three plays to find Darius Winston for a 56-yard touchdown pass.  A bad snap forced Sloan to throw to Lavorchano max for the two-point conversion to put the Cougars up 41-0.  
Winston, the versatile Cougar whose future appears bound for the University of Arkansas, showed his offensive talent coupled with his blue chip defensive skills.
 The Rams’ lone score came with 15.7 second left in the game when Zach Franks hit Hadyn Mosley on a 29-yard scoring pass.  Derek Hayes kicked the extra point to make it 41-7 at the intermission.
Winston picked off a Paragould pass in the third period to push the score to 47-7.
Luther Hayes carried the ball three times for 42-yards and scored the eighth touchdown on a one-yard run.  Sloan threw to Conway Gilcreast after a bad snap to push the lead to 55-7.   
Third-team quarterback Markeith Jacobs finished up the scoring with a 37-yard scoring run.  Juwuan Rattler kicked the PAT to make the final 62-7. 
 Cougar head coach Russell Smith was pleased with the victory, saying he was pleased with the players’ intensity.  
“It was important to get the first conference win,” Smith said. “ We wanted to everyone to see us play a whole game after a couple of slow starts.”   
Central, ranked No. 1 in 5A since its 46-29 season-opener troucing of then top-ranked Pulaski Academy, travels to Forrest City Friday night for its second 5A-East contest. The Mustangs were routed by Greene County Tech.
 Meanwhile, Batesville, the pre-season conference favorite, and Blytheville, which rolled to an 10-1 season, losing to Vilonia, in the first round of the plaoffs, last year, remain undefeated. Both games will be  on the road for Central.