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Dragons Dominate in District Three-Peat

Offense wins games, defense wins championships, but it's all determined by the guys up front. This statement has never held more true than in the District Six AAA finals, which pitted the Central Scarlet Dragons against the Penn Cambria Panthers. After a crushing 42-28 defeat in their third week of the season, the Dragons were seeking revenge heading into their match against the Panthers. The Dragons' showed their true strength on both sides of the ball, ending by devastating the Panthers in a 35-6 victory.

The Dragons started the game kicking off to the Panthers, but some offensive back-and-forth left the first quarter scoreless. With control of the ball starting the second quarter, the Dragons dominated the line of scrimmage to push to a running touchdown by Jeff Hoenstine. The Dragons' defense nearly shutout the Panthers' offense but gave up a sole touchdown in the first quarter. A blocked extra point attempt left the Dragons with a one-point lead. Soon after, with under a minute to go in the half, Hoenstine threw a touchdown pass to Dalton Metzger to break the state record for career touchdown passes thrown. That touchdown ended the half with the Dragons leading 14-6.

The Dragons started the second half with the ball, and quickly tacked on another touchdown with a run by Kade Rhule to further enhance their lead. On their next defensive push, Hoenstine came up with an interception to lead the Dragons to their next touchdown, a run by Hoenstine himself. Soon after, Dalton Metzger had another interception for the Dragons' defense. Though the Dragons did not score from this, an interception soon after by Eli Muthler in the fourth quarter led to another scoring run by Hoenstine. Eli Lingenfelter had yet another interception for the Dragons late in the fourth quarter, which allowed the Central offense to tick off the last few seconds on the clock and secure their victory.

History was made for Central High School, in more ways than one. Hoenstine broke another record for his career, and for the first time in school history, the team has won three district titles for three years in a row. Starting the road to states, the Dragons will now face the Clearfield Bisons at Tiger Stadium in Hollidaysburg this upcoming Friday.


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