MARTINSBURG — Bradi Moore got a few carries, scored a few touchdowns and rested for most of the second half along with Central’s other starters.
Moore touched the ball just twice in the second half on Friday. By that time, he didn’t need to do much more after scoring four of his team’s six touchdowns in a 42-7 rout of Penns Valley on Friday night.
The Central junior scored on runs of five and 22 yards and hauled in a 17-yard pass for another touchdown in the first quarter to pace an explosive Dragons offense. He’d add a six-yard run in the third quarter to cap the scoring.
“I think that we controlled the game from the line of scrimmage,” Central coach Dave Baker said. “Our team was good tonight. They played well.”
The Dragons scored on their first five possessions before Penns Valley’s Luke Weaver ended that trend with an interception of Central quarterback Austin Cunningham to end the first half.
The Rams struggled to establish their running game against a bigger Central defensive front. Penns Valley had just 38 rushing yards to show for 14 first half-carries.
“Central’s a really good football team,” Penns Valley head coach Martin Tobias. “They’re bigger and better up front than we were. They put pressure on us, took away the run game.”
With the score inflated early, the Dragons swapped in some of their reserve players and the Rams began to move the ball.
Quarterback Cameron Tobias marched his offense down the field on its fifth drive after punting twice, fumbling once and turning the ball over on downs on its previous four drives.
Tobias hooked up with wideouts Ian Brown and Luke Weaver to get Penns Valley into scoring position late in the half. Tobias completed eight of 13 passes in the first half. Sixty-four of Tobias’s 144 total passing yards came on the Rams’ final drive of the half which ended when Tobias fired behind Brown, who made a nice adjustment on the ball to haul in the 11-yard touchdown catch.
The strike made cut Central’s lead to 35-7.
“We knew this was going to be an uphill battle because they’re bigger than us and honestly, they were better than us tonight,” Martin Tobias said.
When Moore wasn’t wreaking havoc, Cunningham was doing so with his arm and legs.
The Central quarterback finished with 90 yards on eight carries and completed nine of 11 passes for 123 yards.
Dom Hook led Penns Valley with 26 rushing yards on seven carries while Brown and Weaver finished with 63 and 52 yards receiving on nine catches combined.
“There are always things that we can take into next week,” Martin Tobias said. “There were moments when we had guys bottled up and we didn’t make tackles. We lost our focus and guys got behind us. There are teachable things, there are coachable things that are going to be there in any game.”