Central Catholic beats Gateway, remains perfect
Central Catholic coach Terry Totten doesn't read too much into the fact that his team has now beaten Gateway 10 straight times dating to 1997.
"(Gateway coach Terry Smith) and I have been going at it only part of the time (of the streak)," Totten said. "They're one of the great programs. He does a heck of a job with them."
But following a tough, 13-7 nonconference victory at the Gators' Antimarino Stadium, the No. 1 Vikings certainly understand the significance of staying unbeaten with the playoffs less than three weeks away.
"Gateway had us," Totten said. "It's heartbreaking (for them) to see us get out of here without us playing our best game."
Gateway, which entered the game with Class AAAA's top-ranked scoring defense, gave up a pair of first quarter touchdowns to Vikings running back Damion Jones-Moore, but the Gators (5-2) held talented Central Catholic (7-0) off of the scoreboard fthe rest of the way.
Still, Jones-Moore's scores were the key to the Vikings' win. The senior, who committed to Toledo earlier this week, had scoring runs of 77 and 33 yards and finished with 157 yards on 19 carries.
He even shook himself up. Near the end of the quarter, Jones-Moore was throwing up on the sidelines.
"We had these meatballs for lunch, and it kind of messed with my stomach," he said. "I knew it was going to come out. I'm just glad it got done early."
Gateway was even sicker.
"We let them off the hook," Smith said. "He had two home runs, and that's the difference in the game. That running back is dynamic."
On the second play of the game with the ball on the Vikings' 23-yard line, Jones-Moore appeared bottled up at the line of scrimmage. He managed to squeeze between a crowd of would-be tacklers, though, and sprinted 77 yards to the end zone.
Late in the first, Jones-Moore bumped the Vikings' lead to 13-0 with his second score , this time, finding a hole up the middle before breaking to the right sideline.
Momentum shifted early in the second quarter after Central Catholic turned the ball over on downs at the Gators' 22. On the first play of the ensuing drive, Vikings lineman Nick Sennot struck Gateway quarterback Thomas Woodson, collecting a personal foul and an ejection.
With the 6-foot-6, 280-pound senior missing on the opposing line, Gateway's running game took off. Darrin Franklin ran on 10 of the drive's 14 plays, gaining 49 yards. Tight end Jaymar Parrish also caught an 8-yard pass on a fourth down before Franklin cut the Gators' deficit to 13-7 with a 2-yard rush.
On the final play of the half, Gateway's Anthony Davis blocked a 31-yard field goal attempt by Mitchell Maczura.
"We battled a top-25 team in the country," Smith said. "We're a good football team. The thing I have to challenge my football team is to get over the hump."
Central Catholic vs. Gateway 10/14/2011
The Central Catholic Vikings stay undefeated by beating the Gateway Gators, 13-7.