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HIGHLIGHTS: Central Earns Important Win

KSAL Staff - October 25, 2013 10:02 pm

Salina Central Mustang Malik Veal (#1) hurdles over Great Bend Panther Justin McGinnes (#30 ) during the Salina Central versus Great Bend High School Football game with Salina Central winning 41 to 14 at Memorial Field in Great Bend, Kansas on October 25, 2013. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)

Salina Central entered Friday night’s contest against Great Bend knowing that a victory would put them in a much better situation going forward in their district playoff race, and by defeating the Panthers by a final of 41-14, they are now one step closer in getting back to the promised land.

It was a slow start to the ball game, as both offenses struggled to find a rhythm. Tanner Robl would get the Mustangs on the board first with a 37 yard field goal with 6:30 left in the first, the only score of the quarter.

Central and Great Bend would both miss out on red zone opportunities in the second quarter, but Central would strike with 1:23 left before half with a 23 yard touchdown run from Malik Veal. The Mustangs led 10-0 at the break.

The second half would tell a much different tale as both offenses came out firing. Central pushed their lead to 17-0 with a 15 yard run from Dalton Peters, but Great Bend would quickly counter via a 16 yard touchdown run from Bryce Beck to make it 17-7.

Malik Veal would then take over and put it on ice for Central with two long touchdown runs of 58 and 76 yards. Robl would add a 25 yard field goal as the Mustangs lead 34-7 after the third.

Terrell Rodriguez would add a late three yard touchdown run and Trenton Uselton marched in from 10 yards out for Great Bend, but Salina Central gets the all important W in the win column with a 41-14 victory.

Malik Veal had a career night rushing for 289 yards on 39 carries with three touchdowns.

Salina Central is now 3-5, 1-1 in district play. Great Bend drops to 4-4, 0-2 in the district.

The Mustangs will travel to Hays next Friday to take on the Indians with the final playoff spot on the line.

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