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Bears fight back after early deficit

Central's football team got the building block it needed.

By RICHARD BURTON
Published May 19, 2007


OCALA - Central's football team got the building block it needed.

The Bears rallied for a 20-13 win over Ocala West Port in a three-quarter classic at Wolf Pack Stadium after turning the ball over on two of its first three plays and falling behind 10-0 less than five minutes in.

Central, which went 8-3 last season, rallied behind the arm of quarterback Chase Walker and the legs of tailback Duane Marks. Walker found his brother, Chad, for the winning 29-yard scoring strike with 56 seconds left.

"To me, winning is the big thing because it gives you something positive to build off of heading into the summer, " Central coach Cliff Lohrey said. "We have a long way to go, but we did some positive things and I thought that Chase showed what he can do at quarterback and Duane ran the ball hard."

The rising senior signal caller added a 41-yard touchdown for the Bears' first score, then added a 1-yard sneak to help his team to a 13-10 edge.

After Cody Gerhart nailed a 45-yard field goal to tie it, Chase Walker led a late 65-yard drive, which was keyed by an offside penalty by the Wolf Pack on a fourth-and-3 play.

"When we got down to the nitty gritty, we made too may mistakes, " West Port coach Tom Tedder said. "We had times where we looked good, but then we would get complacent."

The Wolf Pack were held to 91 yards and completed 4-of-14 for 28 yards.

"I was proud of the way that our defense played, " Lohrey said. "We got down early, but they really kept us in it."

Marks, taking over for Troy University signee DuJuan Harris, finished with 117 yards on 18 carries.