EASTERN – Allen Central passed its first test in Class 2A, District 8, defeating visiting East Ridge 58-38 on Friday night.
The Rebels and Warriors met for a Class 2A, District 8 opener.
With the win, Allen Central moved to 5-0 overall and 1-0 in Class 2A, District 8.
East Ridge dropped to 2-3 overall and 0-1 in the district with the loss.
The Rebels jumped out ahead early and carried a commanding 30-6 lead into halftime.
Allen Central amassed 380 yards of total offense. The Rebels rushed for 353 yards in the winning effort.
Leading Allen Central on the ground, Cameron Evans rushed 15 times for 208 yards and three touchdowns for the Rebels.
Quarterback Dylan Caudill added 59 rushing yards and two touchdowns via five carries in Allen Central’s win.
Aiding Allen Central’s impressive rushing attack, Jesse Brown and Steven Howard rushed for one touchdown apiece. Brown took eight carries for 63 yards in the triumph.
Through the air, Caudill completed two of three passes for 27 yards.
Howard paced Allen Central defensively with a game-high 16 tackles. Brown registered 11 tackles and Josh King contributed 10 stops for the Rebels. Delivering a touchdown on the defensive side, Brown returned an interception 83 yards for a touchdown.
Caudill, who posted four tackles, added another interception for the Rebels.
Brody Johnson carried the biggest offensive load for the Warriors, rushing a game-high 30 times for 174 yards and five touchdowns.
East Ridge quarterback Eli King struggled against Allen Central’s secondary, completing only eight of 24 passes for 143 yards and throwing two interceptions.
Miles Adkins led all East Ridge receivers with four pass receptions for 48 yards.
Mickey Thompson paced the East Ridge defense with a game-high 11 tackles.
Allen Central will face its toughest opponent thus far in the 2016 season when it hosts preseason favorite Leslie County for another Class 2A, District 8 game on Friday, Sept. 30. Kickoff for the Allen Central-Leslie County game is slated for 7:30 p.m. in Eastern.
Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.