(Park Hills, Mo.) In an MAFC White Division matchup that was heard tonight on the MyMoInfo SportsStream, the Central Rebels defended their home turf with a 26-14 victory over the Fredericktown Blackcats in Park Hills. With the win, the Rebels have now won 11-straight games against the Blackcats.

After forcing a three-and-out on the opening possession, Central got on the board first. Gage Manion ripped off a 48-yard run to begin the drive then finished things off with a three-yard score.

The PAT was no good to make it a 6-0 lead. Central forced another punt on Fredericktown’s ensuing drive and the Rebels capitalized. Central took the ball at the beginning of the second quarter and marched down the field, eventually punching it in with Dayshawn Welch from 10 yards out.

The PAT was good to make it 13-0 Central which concluded the scoring in the first half. The Rebels got the ball to begin the second half and they were able to extend the margin right away. On a third down and five, Welch took a pitch to the outside and found a lane to the endzone for his second touchdown and the Serenity Hospice Care Play of the Game.

The extra point was good to make it 20-0 early in the third quarter. On the ensuing drive the Blackcats’ offense finally woke up thanks to a big time strike through the air as quarterback Evan Burrows found Ethan Flanagan deep.

Point after try was good to make it 20-7 late in the third quarter. Then in the fourth quarter the Rebels were able to tack on six more points on two field goals from Justin Bridges, the first from 33 yards out and this one from 25 yards out.

That made it 26-7 Rebels but Fredericktown would not go down without a fight. The Blackcats countered with a touchdown, as Malachi Kyle made one man miss and was gone.

The PAT was good to conclude the scoring as Central ran out the clock and sealed the 26-14 victory. Fredericktown head coach Chuck Ford says he was pleased that his team was able to keep it a close game throughout.

Central head coach Kory Schweiss says flatly after coming in at 0-2, a win is a win any way you can get it.

Applebee’s of Farmington player of the game Dayshawn Welch finished tonight’s game with 160 yards and 2 TD on 23 carries. With that performance, Welch now has three-straight games with 100+ rushing yards and a touchdown to begin his sophomore season. Welch says he’s just been feeling it early on this season.

With the win the Central Rebels improve to 1-2 on the year while the Fredericktown Blackcats fall to 1-2. Next Friday Central will host Confluence Prep in Park Hills while Fredericktown will travel to Perryville to take on the Pirates.