Alexander Central rolled over St Stephens 59-21 Friday night and with the win they clinch at least a tie for the Northwestern Conference championship.
The Cougars have been letting some teams “hang around too long” according to coach Butch Carter. Not this time ! Alexander Central was nearly flawless in the first half taking a 36-0 lead into halftime. The Cougars at the break had piled up over 400 yards in two quarters and it was obvious this game was over.
The Cougars took the opening kick and marched 82 yards in 8 plays when quarterback Gunnar Anderson ran into the end zone from 4 yards and the home standing team was up 7-0. The defense would force a punt and score quickly again when Bryson Godfrey streaked to pay dirt from 57 yards. The Cougars scored on five straight possessions capped by two Anderson touchdown passes to AJ Miller and Kendall Flowers. Steven Montgomery added a 19 yard run and the Cougars had played a nearly perfect half of football.
St Stephens showed some spunk in the third quarter scoring twice , both times on touchdown passes from quarterback Justin Bullock. The scores sandwiched a 91 yard kick off return for score by Bryson Godfrey. The Cougar defense added a safety and the score was 45-14 after three periods.
The fourth quarter was still to play and Cougars added a pair of scores on runs from 2 yards from Devon Weiss and a 3 yard run by Tevin Clark. The visiting Indians picked up the final points of the night when Bullock hit Zach Lee on a 70 yard scoring toss with less than two minutes remaining.
Senior Devon Weiss went over 1,000 yards on the season with 153 bruising yards and a touchdown. Bryson Godfrey picked up 121 yards and a touchdown on the night in addition to his kick off return for score. Gunnar Anderson went 5-9 passing for 113 yards and two td strikes. He also rushed for 93 yards. The Cougars out gained St Stephens 557-231. Jordan Brown led the Alexander Central defense with 7 tackles.
West Caldwell rallied to beat second place Freedom 44-42 meaning the Cougars are assured of no worse than a tie for the Northwestern Conference title. With a record of 9-0 and 5-0 in league play, one win in the last two games means an outright conference crown. The Cougars will travel to Hickory next Friday to battle the rival Red Tornadoes. Hickory got a dramatic last play victory on a “Hail Mary” toss to beat South Caldwell 27-23.