North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

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October 27, 2012

Football: Center Point 43, Mortimer Jordan 31



Running back Virgil Studdard would strike next for the Eagles. He used his speed to beat the defense to the edge, allowing him to score from seven yards out on fourth and goal. Bunch beat Jordan cornerback Sean Morro on a jump ball for the two-point conversion, giving Center Point a 14-12 lead with 6:38 remaining in the first half.

Before the half was up, Morro would find himself on the losing end of another jump ball, this time for a six-yard touchdown toss to Perkins. Zakez Jones bullied his way over the goal line to add the two and send the Eagles soaring into the half with a 22-12 advantage.

Before 20 seconds could tick off the second-half clock, Studdard had found the end zone for the second time. On the first play from scrimmage, he took the handoff from Knight, put 52 yards behind him in a hurry and gave the Eagles a 30-12 advantage.

Jordan did make some adjustments in their secondary and found some of that heat the offense was putting out early, but it was too much of a deficit to overcome.

After reeling of 12 unanswered points and pulling within six, Logan Motte fumbled a punt return to give Center Point first and ten from the 19.

Motte's fortunes would not improve as he was called for pass interference on the very next play, setting up Studdard's third touchdown of the night. Just like that, the Eagles were back up by 12 with nine minutes remaining.

The Center Point offense responded well to a late Hodges touchdown run. Knight found Perkins in the end zone yet again, and this time there was no one there to out-jump.

“My hats off to Center Point,” said Watts. “They played hard and they have a good team.”

Hodges was 7-for-18 passing for 188 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also managed 28 yards rushing with another score.

Merriweather ran for 65 yards and a touchdown. Smith only managed 18 yards rushing, but added 125 as a receiver and he found the end zone twice, once on a run and the other on a catch.

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