CENTRAL ROUNDUP: Football team closes out nonleague play with win

INDEPENDENCE — Kicker Santana Reyna had never played football before this fall — let alone kick.

Yet, Reyna found himself with a chance to give Central’s football team the lead in the fourth quarter against Glencoe on Friday night. Reyna came through, kicking an extra point that helped give the Panthers a 7-6 victory.

“He came out for football the first time,” coach Shane Hedrick said. “Here he is at the end of the game and he kicked. You think, ‘holy smokes, the game is on the line.’ He kicks an extra point right through and then pins Glencoe down at their 5-yard line on the kickoff.”

The Panthers trailed 6-0 in the fourth quarter before quarterback Peter Mendazona hit Isaiah Abraham for a touchdown. Reyna’s kick proved to be the difference in a tightly contested matchup.

“Glencoe is a much-improved team over a year ago,” Hedrick said. “They have a lot of tools and are incredibly well-coached. We are still finding our identity on offense. We were close on a lot of things and were one technique away or one position away from being successful. The kids battled all the way through.”

Marcos Cedillo and Nikolai Wolfe each had eight tackles on defense.

“Several kids made plays that were instrumental in this win,” Hedrick said.

Central plays at South Albany Friday at 7 p.m. to open Mid-Willamette Conference play.

“South Albany is a team that plays everybody tough,” Hedrick said. “They’re not going to lay down for anybody. They’ve got some kids who can cause you a lot of headaches, and this is our first road trip of the year. That in and of itself is going to be a challenge going into hostile territory. We are going to continue finding where we are offensively. We have some questions we want to answer and find out where our strong points are.”

Notes: MVP: Isaiah Abraham. Offensive Player of the Game: Peter Mendazona. Defensive Player of the Game: Jesse Cable. Special Teams Player of the Game: Santana Reyna.

GIRLS SOCCER FALLS TO CASCADE: Central’s girls soccer team lost to Cascade 3-0 on Thursday. The Panthers played Madison Tuesday after press time. Central concludes its nonleague season at Milwaukie Thursday at 7 p.m.

VOLLEYBALL WINS TWO OF THREE AT DALLAS TOURNEY: Central’s volleyball team won two of three matches at Dallas’ volleyball tournament on Saturday.

The Panthers lost to Philomath 25-14, 25-23 before beating Astoria 25-13, 25-19 and Blanchet Catholic 25-22, 25-17 en route to advancing to the championship match. Full results were not available.

The Panthers lost a pair of league matches earlier in the week. Central fell to Crescent Valley 25-22, 25-23, 25-11 on Sept. 12 and Lebanon 24-26, 25-22, 25-21, 25-18 on Thursday.

“Last week, we struggled getting started,” coach Claudine Mendazona said. “Thursday, we rebounded, but lost a tough match against Lebanon.”

Krista Omlid led the Panthers with 21 kills. Annika Riddell had three blocks and Meagan Mendazona and Sydney Nash combined for 36 assists. Elizabeth Chavez recorded 36 digs.

Central (5-4 overall, 1-3 MWC) played Dallas Tuesday after press time. The Panthers host Corvallis Thursday at 6 p.m. before playing at Woodburn Tuesday at 6 p.m.

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