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Wenonah defeats Central in close game 12-7


Wenonah's Aubrey Robinson (5) is wrapped up by Central's Kameron Patton (6) and Cedric Beal (56) during the 2nd quarter against the Central Falcons Friday, Oct. 04, 2013. (Photo by Kelly Lambert | The Tuscaloosa News)


By Kevin Connell

With the ball in his hands and his team leading 6-0 late in the fourth quarter in a pivotal region game, Wenonah quarterback Aubrey Robinson talked to his coach Ronald Cheatham to figure out the next play as the Dragons began to run the clock out.

That next play became a 36-yard touchdown run by Robinson in a 12-7 Wenonah victory over Central on Friday night.

"Coach (Ronald Cheatham) told me to go under and run a quarterback sneak, and I ran behind my center, Karon Davis, and it was just open, it was just open," Robinson said.

The touchdown was Robinson's longest run of the game and brought his rushing total out of negative numbers. He managed 32 rushing yards on 11 carries thanks to the Falcons' relentless pass rush, which accounted for five sacks.

"It wasn't a pretty game, but it was an area game for us, and that's all that matters," Cheatham said. "We're just glad we're leaving Tuscaloosa being on the top end of the stick."

Just when the Dragons looked to have put the game away for good on Robinson's run, Central struck back. On the first play of the next drive, Falcons quarterback Vincent Davis hit running back Christopher Lee on a short pass that turned into a 66-yard touchdown that cut the lead to 12-7 with 1:59 left.

Though they failed to recover the onside kick on the ensuing kickoff, the Falcons managed to get the ball back for one last drive with 45 seconds left after holding Wenonah to a three-and-out.

Davis was able to move the Falcons to the Dragons' 43 but was unable to get off one last heave to the end zone on the final play. Davis had 90 yards and one touchdown on 10-of-15 passing.

"Each game you play is a learning experience. It's going to hand you some ups and downs," Central coach Dennis Conner said. "They wanted it more than we wanted it tonight. That's what it was. They wanted this game more than we wanted it."

The Dragons opened the scoring in the second quarter on a diving 31-yard touchdown catch by Deangelo Jackson on Robinson's first throw of the game.He completed just one more pass.

Central (2-4, 1-3 Class 5A, Region 5) travels to Cottondale on Friday to play the Paul W. Bryant Stampede.

Wenonah (3-3, 2-2) hosts Brookwood on Thursday.