BROOKSVILLE — Even with Green Bay Packer standout and Central alum DuJuan Harris roaming the sidelines for the first time since he graduated in 2006, the Bears were unable to do much on homecoming night.
Class 5A, District 6 postseason contender Zephyrhills dominated from start to finish in a 70-21 victory at the Bear Den on Thursday night.
“These guys work together, we’re a family,” Bulldogs coach Reggie Roberts said. “We’re clicking now.”
Central (0-8, 0-5) scored on the opening possession as tailback Robbie Bradley broke the 1,000-yard barrier for the first time since Harris accomplished the feat, scoring on a 58-yard run and putting the Bears up 7-0 less than four minutes into the game.
Bradley sits at 1,029 yards for the season after carrying the ball 13 times for 79 yards.
The Bulldogs (6-1, 3-1) received the ensuing kickoff, a botched onside kick attempt by Central, and never looked back. It took Zephyrhills only two plays to reach the end zone on that possession, scoring on a 17-yard run by Jordan Roberts.
Zephyrhills reached pay dirt on each of its next four drives to go ahead 28-7 at the beginning of the second quarter. Despite being without starting quarterback Ty Tanner, who has a collarbone injury, the Bulldogs had success with whoever was under center. Devin Brockington and Justin Swanstrom each saw time there.
Swanstrom, who just completed his golf season last week, saw his first varsity experience at the position, going a perfect 6-of-6 for 146 yards and two touchdowns.
Brockington scored five touchdowns, carrying five times for 81 yards and two touchdowns, catching three passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns, and returning a 64-yard kick return to cap the effort at the end of the fourth.
“Not getting into the end zone last week kind of had me mad,” Brockington said. “I felt unstoppable tonight.
“Every time I touched it, I felt like I was going to score.”
His five-score effort overshadowed the four touchdowns scored by teammate Jaylen Pickett. He carried the ball 15 times for 116 yards and three touchdowns and returned a fumble 14 yards for another score.