CENTRAL ROUNDUP: Football squad earns first victory

PORTLAND — The Central football team picked up its first win of the season after defeating Glencoe 50-26 on Friday.

Quarterback Peter Mendazona threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Panthers. Peter Mason had seven catches for 151 yards and two touchdowns.

“Pete’s a very good quarterback,” coach Shane Hedrick said. “He makes good decisions and throws the ball to get receivers open. He’s gotten better as you want him to do each week.”

Running back Alvin Berroa had 11 rushes for 116 yards and three touchdowns.

Marcos Cedillo and Mason each had one interception on defense. AJ Morales and Sam Crow had six tackles.

“We made plays where we should have made in weeks one and two and played a more consistent game,” Hedrick said. “The one glaring difference on offense is last week we had 45 offensive snaps. We had 75 on Friday. The kids are healthy and have more confidence. They have adopted schemes and things that we have thrown at them well.”

The Panthers (1-2 overall) open Mid-Willamette Conference play by hosting South Albany Friday at 7 p.m.

“It looks like it’s going to be a very tight ball game,” Hedrick said. “South Albany is one of the better teams in the conference. The desire is there and the guys will have a chance to come out and perform well, prove themselves and take a step forward.”

GIRLS SOCCER SPLITS MATCHES: Central’s girls soccer team defeated North Marion 1-0 on Sept. 13 before falling to Cascade 4-0 on Thursday. Kaitlyn Dorn scored for the Panthers against North Marion off an assist from Allison Wells. “We were able to hold our ground and play tough to prevent getting scored on,” coach Veronica Lepe said. “The last 15 minutes were really intense, and North Marion had some great shots, but our goalie Lupita Campos had some great saves.” Central plays at Roosevelt Thursday at 7 p.m.

VOLLEYBALL SPLITS LEAGUE MATCHES: Central’s volleyball team defeated Crescent Valley on Sept. 13 before falling to Lebanon on Thursday. The Panthers defeated the Raiders 25-12, 23-25, 26-24, 25-23 and lost to Lebanon 25-17, 25-20, 25-14. Central also took part in the Dallas Tournament on Saturday. The Panthers defeated Blanchet Catholic 25-19, 25-23 and lost to Silverton 25-18, 17-25, 15-12. Central played Dallas Tuesday after press time. The Panthers play at Corvallis on Thursday before hosting Woodburn Tuesday at 6 p.m.

CROSS-COUNTRY EXCELS AT INVITATIONAL: Central’s girls cross-country team placed third at the Silver Falls Oktoberfest Invitational on Sept. 14, while the boys took fourth. Bailie Hartford led the girls, taking fifth overall with a time of 20 minutes, 23 seconds. Zach Meyer led the boys took 12th in 17:31.8. The Panthers will compete at the Mid-Willamette Conference District Preview Meet Wednesday (today) at 3 p.m. at Willamette Mission State Park in Gervais.

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