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Football Teams moves onto second round of playoffs


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Lia Reichmann, Leah Stevens, Section Editor, Kabir Sawlani, Editor-in-Chief, and Abby Stockmal, Editor-in-Chief

2018/10/31

On Saturday, Oct. 27 at 1:00 p.m., the football team (8-2) played Conant High school on Dickinson Field. They beat Conant (6-4) in the first round of the Class 8A playoffs with a score of 28-14.

Matthew Bobak, senior running back, led the team rushing 22 times for 192 yards and three touchdowns.

Bobak scored the first points of the game after a five-yard run in the first quarter. Conant then responded when quarterback Kevin Polaski tied the game after a seven-yard pass to wide receiver Anthony Wachal.

“The defense came out really strong in the second half by flying to the ball and creating turnovers,” said  Matthew McNiff, Varsity wide receivers coach. “The offensive line was extremely consistent with their execution. They protected the Quarterback well and their run blocking was excellent.”

The first half was seemingly going to end in a tie, but with 5 seconds left Central junior wide receiver Braden Contreras caught a 51 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Matt Rush on fourth down.

“This was a complete win,” Bobak said to My Suburban Life. “That’s what we’ve been looking for. Not only was the offense putting up points but the defense was getting turnovers.”

One of the biggest plays came from Guy Henry Goss, junior safety, when he intercepted a pass from Polaski. This stopped the momentum the Conant football team gained after Ronald Williams hit a Central punt returner, leading to a fumble recovery by Ruben Valdez.

“So when I saw the kid coming out, I kind of jumped it a little bit,” Goss said to My Suburban Life. “I don’t think he was running the right route he was supposed to because I saw the ball in the air, went and grabbed and had a couple good blocks and got a couple yards.”

Bobak broke free for a 50 yard touchdown run to increase Central’s lead to 21-7.

“We were all amped up because of the interception,” Bobak said. “The O-line pulled and I just followed the blocks and there was nobody there. They were beautiful holes.”

An interception by Andrew Novatney, junior defensive back, led to Bobak to rush for another touchdown in the first play of the fourth quarter. Thus increasing the score of the game to 28-7.

“As a coach, I am proud of our players and their passion for the game. I am proud of the coaching staff for working so hard since day 1,” McNiff said. “It will be a great test this weekend. Warren is a very good team and so are we.”

The team will take on the Warren football team (9-1) for the second round of playoffs on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 7:00 p.m. at Warren High School. Central is ranked #9 while Warren is ranked #8 so the game is going to be highly anticipated.

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