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October 5, 2013

The NJN Big Game — No. 7 Center Point 40, Pinson Valley 14: Where Eagles dared

Indians coach Matt Glover: "They were just going through the motions"

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CENTER POINT —

Blackmon added another touchdown, from three yards out with 4:47 left in the half, to put Center Point up 24-0 at the break.

The Indians faced a similar situation the week prior after a dismal first half against No. 2 (6A) Clay-Chalkville, and came back after halftime to make a game of it. Early in the third quarter, it looked as if Pinson might do the same against the Eagles, as Pinson took its second drive of the half 61 yards in short order, finished off with an 8-yard touchdown by Garrett.

Center Point then fumbled the ball away on two straight possessions, but the Tribe could not take advantage. In fact, the second chance backfired when Garrett threw an interception to Dequarius Simmons, who took it 40 yards for a pick-six.

Freshman reserve quarterback Chris Baker struck late in the game when he threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Xavier Perkins.

Against the Eagle reserves, Garrett put together a scoring drive in the waning minutes, capped by a 17-yard touchdown toss to sophomore Errius Collins.

Gibson finished the night with 126 yards on 19 carries, plus two pass Receptions (the only Pinson completions in the first half) for 42 yards; he did not play in the fourth quarter.

Knight was 12-for-21 and 194 yards passing for the Eagles. Garrett was 15-for-31 for 185 yards, most in the second half.

Center Point (6-0, 4-0 region) goes to Walker next week, while Pinson Valley (3-3, 1-2) still has to battle for a playoff berth, but takes on lightly-regarded Curry next week.

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