Miami Central 33, Dwyer 14: Panthers dominated by defending state champions
Friday, August 26, 2011
by Matt Porter
Miami Central coach Telly Lockette admitted his team, last year's Class 6A state champions but now mostly underclassmen, carried extra weight into Friday's kickoff classic against Dwyer.
The Rockets left feeling light as a feather.
After falling down by a touchdown to the nationally ranked Panthers, Central shook the nerves and dominated Dwyer en route to a 33-14 victory in a pre-season matchup.
"We didn't fight tonight," Dwyer coach Jack Daniels said. "It's embarrassing."
Miami Central's running game did most of the damage. Tailback Joseph Yearby carried 11 times for 69 yards and a touchdown in the first half and Malik Adams went for 81 yard on just eight carries and a touchdown.
Miami Central's Delvin Cook went nearly untouched for an 80-yard score on the first play of the third quarter.
A poor second half made the home fans forget about Dwyer's solid opening.
In his first game with the Panthers, senior quarterback Faton Bauta completed 7 of 9 passes for 92 yards and carried 10 times for a 38 yards, drawing the praise of the visitors.
"He's a horse," Lockette said of Bauta. "That QB is a horse."
With Dwyer leading 7-0 with seconds left in the first quarter, junior defensive end Malik Brown sacked Rockets QB Austin Stock on third down.
But Dwyer committed a roughing-the-snapper penalty on a punt attempt, which was followed by Yearby's touchdown that tied it at 7.
Dwyer's ensuing drive lasted all of 9:45 and ended with senior kicker Bobby Puyol driving a 47-yard field-goal attempt low, and well short.
It got worse from there for the Panthers.
Bauta hit sophomore Clinton Stephens (four catches, 117 yards) in stride on a 43-yard touchdown play in the third.
But the Panthers allowed 23 second-half points: Cook's long TD run, a 41-yard punt return for a touchdown, a 25-yard field goal by senior Emilio Nadelbaum and Adams' 4-yard score that came after he broke a 46-yard run. Bauta was sacked five times in the half.
"There's a lot of things we have to clean up," Bauta said.
"It was me, it was the offense, defense, the whole team to blame. We're going to fix it. I promise you we're going to get better."