PLAYOFF ACTION: Floyd Central running back Elijah Cotton (13) runs for a short gain during the Jaguars’ 43-25 win over Henry County in the opening round of the Class 3A playoffs on Nov. 3. Floyd Central travels to perennial power Louisville Central tonight.
Medical Leader | Photo by TEDDY PAYNTER

Jags hold on, advance

Teddy Paynter

LANGLEY — Floyd Central's first season on the gridiron marked another milestone as the Jaguars edged Henry County, 43-35, in the opening round of the Class 3A playoffs at Jaguar Stadium on Nov. 3.


Running back Dustin Huff scored the game-winning touchdown on a two-yard run in the final minute of the third period.


Quarterback Dylan Caudill ran 17 times for 127 yards and a pair of touchdowns and completed 6-of-7 passes for 190 yards and two scores as Floyd Central improved to 8-3.


Running back Josh Whitaker carried 18 times for 64 yards and Koby Slone had 50 yards on nine rushing attempts. He had one catch for a score.


Receiver Caleb Hager hauled in four passes for 138 yards and one touchdown.


Henry County quarterback Tylor Raisor ran 14 times for 170 yards and three touchdowns before leaving the game with an injury.


Caudill's 11-yard run with 5 minutes, 35 seconds left in the first quarter put the Jaguars up 7-0.


Raisor's 52-yard run with 4:19 left pulled the Wildcats (4-7) even at 7-7. Raisor's 15-yard run on the first play of the second period put Henry County up 14-7.


The Jaguars pulled with a single point on Huff's four-yard run with 7:03 left before halftime.


Raisor's third rushing touchdown, this time from 30 yards out with 4:51 to go, pushed the Wildcats up 20-13.


Floyd Central went back on top when Caudill ran 49 yards and Whitaker ran in the conversion with 2:49 remaining to make it 21-20.


Slone then scored on a 41-yard catch on a hook and ladder play to push the lead to 27-20 with 1:11 left before halftime.


Backup quarterback Wyatt Finnell fired an 11-yard touchdown pass to Nick Riggins with 6:20 left in the third quarter to pull Henry County even at 27-27.


Caudill's 47-yard play to Hager pushed Floyd Central ahead 35-27 with 4:56 left. Caudill ran in the conversion.


The Wildcats came right back and tied the game at 35-35 on Airdyn Hardy's 34-yard run with 3:13 remaining in the period.


Floyd Central travels to Louisville tonight to battle perennial power Central (9-2).




At Langley


(Class 3A playoffs)




HC (4-7)…...........................7 13 15 0 – 35


FC (8-3)…............................7 20 16 0 – 43




First Quarter


FC – Dylan Caudill, 11-yard run (Brady Conn kick), 5:35


HC – Tyler Raisor, 52-yard run (Cody Calhoun kick), 4:19


Second Quarter


HC – Tyler Raisor, 15-yard run (Cody Calhoun kick), 11:54


FC – Dustin Huff, 4-yard run (conversion failed), 7:03


HC – Tyler Raisor, 30-yard run (conversion failed), 4:51


FC – Dylan Caudill, 49-yard run (Josh Whitaker run), 2:49


FC – Koby Slone 41-yard catch on hook and ladder (conversion failed), 1:11


Third Quarter


HC – Nick Riggins, 11-yard pass from Wyatt Finnell (Cody Calhoun kick), 6:20


FC – Caleb Hager, 47-yard pass from Dylan Caudill (Dylan Caudill run), 4:56


HC – Airdyn Hardy, 34-yard run (Airdyn Hardy run), 3:13


FC – Dustin Huff, 2-yard run Dylan Caudill run), :59


Fourth Quarter


No scoring


Next up: Floyd Central (8-3) at Louisville Central (9-2), Class 3A playoffs, Nov. 10.