HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Caudill, Whitaker power Jags to first-ever win

Teddy Paynter

HARLAN — You might say Floyd Central quarterback Dylan Caudill walked on mud in leading his team to a historic win in the season opener against Harlan on Aug. 18.


The senior quarterback carried 17 times for 135 yards and completed his only two passing attempts for 25 yards as the Jaguars scored a 28-12 win over the Green Dragons on a rain-soaked field.


It was the first-ever win for the newly-consolidated school of South Floyd and Allen Central high schools.


It wasn't always pretty on the field as both teams fumbled a combined 10 times and Harlan was picked off once through the air.


Floyd Central, which fumbled five times but never lost one, took advantage of three Green Dragon turnovers, scoring a pair of touchdowns.


Caudill put the Jaguars ahead to stay when he raced 10 yards on fourth down and seven with 4 minutes, 46 seconds left in the opening period. The conversion run failed leaving it 6-0.


Central's next score came on a 72-yard run by Caudill with 1:38 left in the opening half. Josh King's two-point conversion run made it 14-0 at the break.


The Jaguars extended their lead to 22-0 as running back Josh Whitaker bulled over from one yard out with 7:14 to play in the third period. Elijah Cotton ran in the conversion.


Harlan's lone points came on John Brady Brock's seven-yard run with three seconds left in the quarter. It was 22-6.


Whitaker, who carried 12 times for 32 yards, capped Central's scoring with a three-yard run with 9:15 left to play. The conversion failed leaving it 28-6.


Harlan quarterback Killian Ledford tossed a 43-yard touchdown pass to Will Varner to cap the scoring with 7:02 left.


Ethan Howard and Dustin Huff had nine tackles apiece while Chad Bates and Noah Marcum had fumble recoveries. Caudill picked off one pass.


Floyd Central plays its home opener against Betsy Layne on Aug. 25.


At Harlan




FC (1-0)…...................................6 8 8 6 – 28


HR (0-1)…...................................0 0 6 6 – 12




First Quarter


FC – Dylan Caudill, 10-yard run (run failed), 4:46


Second Quarter


FC – Dylan Caudill, 72-yard run (Josh King run), 1:38


Third Quarter


FC – Josh Whitaker, 1-yard run (Elijah Cotton run), 7:14


HR – John Brady Brock, 8-yard run (run failed), :03


Fourth Quarter


FC – Josh Whitaker, 3-yard run (run failed), 9:15


HR – Will Varner, 43-yard pass from Killian Ledford (run failed), 7:02.


Next up: Floyd Central (1-0) vs. Betsy Layne (0-1), Aug. 25.