Alexander Central had on their running shoes Friday night. The Cougars rushed for 489 yards in a win over West Caldwell 59-35.
Senior tailback Bryson Godfrey returned after missing the last 2 games with an ankle sprain and torched the Warrior defense for 231 yards and 3 touchdowns . Godfrey did almost all of his damage in the first half and Senior Devon Weiss added 181 yards and three more scores. The contrast between the two running backs was compelling with Godfrey using his blazing speed on the edge and Weiss rumbling between the tackles in a more bruising manner. On Friday night it was Mr Outside and Mr Inside for which West Caldwell had no answer.
Godfrey opened the scoring with a 15 yard run just two minutes into the game in Gamewell. He would add two more touchdowns on sprints of 32 and 57 yards before the end of the opening quarter. From that point on, Weiss took over. Weiss would score on runs of 2 and 37 yards before the end of the half and the Cougars took a 46-28 lead into the break.
The second half was more of a back and forth struggle for both teams. Turnovers played a role in the game too with the Cougars fumbling four times and losing three for the second straight game. The Blue and Gold was also flagged for 88 yards in penalties on the night.
To their credit West Caldwell was pesky though, mostly through the air. Quarterback Kaleb Dula completed 12 passes in 17 attempts for 185 yards and 4 touchdowns on the night. Dula was able to take advantage of some breakdowns in the Cougar secondary that at times left some of his targets running free. The Cougars had 564 yards of offense on the night compared to West Caldwell’s 285. In many ways the Cougar defense was outstanding on the night but the coverage breakdowns allowed the Warriors to keep the game from being a total rout.
Jordan Brown led the Cougar defense with 10 tackles on the night and Isaac Chapman added 7 stops including 3 tackles for loss.
Alexander Central is 5-0 for the first time since 2009 and will put that record on the line next Friday at home against Watauga. The Pioneers are also 5-0 after a 48-7 win over South Caldwell.