Central Mountain offense clicks at Athens

ATHENS – Central Mountain’s offensive switch to a more power running attack appeared to be the right call last week, even in defeat. The only problem was a difficult Tyrone opponent, which made the needed adjustments.

Friday, going against Athens, Central Mountain continued to push its running attack.

Nigel English finished with 279 yards on 21 carries to go with two touchdowns as Central Mountain won, 50-31.

The newfound effort to get the running game going paid off immediately as quarterback Travis Turchetta set up a few big pass plays off play action.

All in all, Central Mountain finished with 612 yards of total offense, with 340 rushing yards and 272 passing yards.

Central Mountain’s final two touchdowns to end the first half were set up by long passes. Turchetta hit Pavalko for a 49-yard pickup on the Wildcats’ first play of their fourth possession. Then, after getting pushed back because of a hold, Turchetta found Pavalko again for a 27-yard touchdown.

Turchetta connected with Pavalko again on the next drive for a 30-yard completion. Pavalko, who finished the first half with two catches for 76 yards, capped the 7-play, 62-yard scoring drive with a 4-yard run to put Central Mountain up 23-10 at the half.

Pavalko added his second rushing touchdown of the night when he carried the ball in from eight yards out to complete a 31-yard drive for the Wildcats (2-7).

A game removed from a 100-yard receiving performance, Pavalko caught three passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns. He also finished with 24 yards on the ground to go with two more rushing touchdowns.

The Wildcats pulled away for good after Tyler Forbes, who finished with 114 yards on 17 carries, ignited the Athens (3-6) faithful with a 39-yard rushing touchdown.

English later scored on an 88-yard run as he finished with 279 yards and a pair of touchdowns.