CLERMONT — The Bears went down 27-0 in the first quarter, and though the team recovered in the second quarter, it could not challenge East Ridge's dominance. A scoreless third quarter was followed by a three-touchdown outburst by the Knights to slam the door.
Key drive: After surrendering back-to-back touchdowns to start the second quarter, the Knights answered with a drive to go up 33-12. The rushing touchdown made the passing touchdown by Central less impactful to close the half. That was the final touchdown the Bears scored.
Stars of the game: Central tailback De'Vonta Smith made an impact as the season wound down last year. He carried that momentum into this contest, scoring two rushing touchdowns in the second quarter to cut the East Ridge lead to 27-12.
Stat of the game: Central was 0-for-3 on point-after attempts. After missing two kicks, the Bears failed on a 2-point conversion the third time around.