The Central High School Cougars and the Barton Bears hit the road this Friday night as conference action continues for both schools as the regular season winds down. It will be the second straight road game for the Bears.

 

The Central High School Cougars and the Barton Bears hit the road this Friday night as conference action continues for both schools as the regular season winds down. It will be the second straight road game for the Bears.
Entering the eighth week of the 10-week grueling high school gridiron campaign, Central (1-6, 1-3) is faced with a must win situation if they have any hopes at all of landing a berth in the state playoffs. They must win all three of their remaining games and that won’t be an easy task as they travel to White Hall.
They will have their hands full with the Bulldogs following a week in which the Watson Chapel Wildcats declawed the Cougars by a humiliating 54-13 score. Currently White Hall is ranked third in the 5A-Southeast Conference with a 4-conference log and 4-4 overall record.
White Hall is coming off a 27-17 loss to the Monticello Billies, a team that pounded the Cougars into submission by a score of 47 to 14. The previous week they bumped off North Pulaski, 29-6. The Falcons are the Cougars lone mark in the win column so far this year. Central shredded North Pulaski 43-6.
In the preseason, the Bulldogs were picked to finished third in 5A-Southeast, right behind the Cougars and Watson Chapel. During the 2009 season, White Hall gave the eventual 5-A champion Monticello Billies their toughest challenge, losing by just six points to that undefeated squad.
White Hall and Central did not play last season.
White Hall’s switch from a run-oriented attack to a passing scheme won’t help the hapless Cougar defenders who have yielded more than 40 points a game in five of their seven outings this year.
White Hall 36, Central 6

Barton probably won’t have too many problems handling the Mayflower Eagles, 2-5. Last week the Harding Academy Wildcats crushed the Eagles, 47-20. The Wildcats dismantled the Bears 38-14 the previous week. Mayflower whipped Rose Bud, 43-20, the week before the Bears pounded the Ramblers 54-13.
Picked fifth in the 2009 preseason poll, Mayflower surprised the experts by going 5-6, good enough for a tie in the 2-3A Conference and a spot in the playoffs. They were picked sixth in the 2010 poll.
Barton won last season’s matchup 42-32.
The Bears flexed their offensive and defensive muscles in a dominating victory over Rose Bud.  Six different Barton players scored touchdowns in the rout.  Robert Wolfe was a standout on defense with block kick return for a TD and three interceptions. They hope to use Friday night’s contest with Mayflower as a tune up for their showdown with the conference leading Riverview Raiders on Oct. 29.
Barton’s explosive, quick-strike running game should be too much for the Eagles to handle for 48 minutes.
Barton 48, Mayflower 12