While the opening week of district play was one to forget for the Wilson Eagles, they certainly weren’t complaining Thursday night against Central High.
A 22-point third quarter followed by a 24-point fourth quarter proved to be the difference as the Eagles rolled to a 62-24 victory over the Bronchos, moving them to 5-1 on the season and 1-1 in district play.
Wilson will be back in action at 7:30 p.m. Friday night at Skinny Stewart Stadium taking on the Empire Bulldogs for second place in district B-4.
Wilson got the scoring started just 13 seconds into the game as Logan Schaaf found Shane Honea for a 56 yard touchdown pass, with Schaaf converting the two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead.
Central High though came back with a rushing touchdown just over four minutes later, but failed to convert the two-point conversion.
The only points of the second quarter came from the Eagles thanks to Hayden Mantooth.
Mantooth made his way 15 yards down field for the touchdown, before Schaaf found Tommy Wright for the two-point conversion pass, giving the Eagles a 16-6 lead at the half.
Wilson’s defense then got a pick-six as Honea got the interception and the touchdown, before Schaaf found Axson Hunziker for the two-point conversion to make it 24-6.
The Bronchos got another touchdown in the third quarter to make it 24-12, before Schaaf struck back for Wilson, this time with a 56-yard touchdown pass to Honea before converting the two-point conversion for a 32-12 advantage.
Mantooth then got his second touchdown of the game, a 15-yard run with six seconds left in the third, before the two-point conversion failed to leave it at 38-12.
Honea then got his second interception for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, as Schaaf then ran in the two point conversion for a 46-12 lead.
A short one-yard rushing touchdown by the Bronchos made it 46-18, before Kaden Barron ran 63 yards for a touchdown, followed by the successful two-point conversion with Barron finding Honea on a pass.
Mantooth finished off the scoring for Wilson with an 83-yard touchdown run before Barron added the two point conversion.
Central High got a 67 yard kickoff return for a touchdown with a minute left to end the scoring.
Schaaf finished the game 4-of-9 passing for 161 yards and two touchdowns, while carrying the ball seven times for 62 yards.
Mantooth finished the game with 10 carries for 159 yards, while Honea had three catches for 158 yards and two touchdowns, along with two defensive touchdowns.