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Loads of residents from Roaring Spring, East Freedom and Martinsburg can be flocking to Grove Metropolis on Black Friday, however it will not be for outlet procuring — it is going to be to assist Central’s soccer staff within the PIAA Class 3A quarterfinals in opposition to the Eagles.

The Scarlet Dragons can be compelled to journey for the second yr in a row — they performed at Slippery Rock in opposition to Grove Metropolis final yr — as a result of Eagles being on high of the PIAA bracket, thus thought of the “house” staff and the PIAA persevering with a COVID-era transfer of permitting house groups to host state playoff quarterfinal video games. A doable semifinal matchup subsequent week could be at a impartial website.

“It does not matter until folks make it matter to them,” Middle coach Dave Baker mentioned. “Clearly, we might somewhat play at Roaring Spring Athletic Subject, but when we will not, we’ll go to their place. It does not hassle us not less than. I do not assume it bothers the gamers.”

It did not matter final yr.

Central beat Grove Metropolis, 35-6, which is the rating the Scarlet Dragons have received by of their final two video games (over Penn Cambria and Clearfield).

“They have been a fairly good staff, and I believe they’re higher this yr,” Baker mentioned. “It seems like it is going to heat up some and it might rain, it might not rain. I believe they’ve improved, and all their finest gamers are returning. This isn’t going to be a straightforward recreation, I’d not assume.”

A yr in the past, Central was compelled to run the ball greater than common because of a snowstorm. The climate is predicted to be hotter Friday.

“I believe the snow impacted our passing recreation and made it harder to move,” Senior middle quarterback Jeff Hoenstine mentioned. “We turned to the operating recreation slightly extra in that recreation, and I believe we did a superb job of operating the ball, however I believe we’ll be capable of move slightly extra this yr if the situations are higher.”

Grove Metropolis coach Sam Mowrey mentioned he did not assume the climate will play a lot of a job, as a result of each groups are totally different and each groups need to play in it.

“It is a totally different group,” Mowrey mentioned. “We’ve got a brand new group of children. You’ve got seniors which have graduated, new freshmen in this system. It is a totally different group of children with totally different management kinds. Our staff this yr has completed an awesome job of dealing with a troublesome schedule. They’ve been examined mentally and bodily and performed in some tight video games and a few hectic conditions. They’ve completed an awesome job enjoying for one another and never letting circumstances affect video games.”

If Central does must run the ball, it’s going to accomplish that with way more confidence in its line up entrance than it had initially of the season with the Dragons started the yr 1-2.

“On the very starting, we have been not sure about who have been going to be our principal gamers (on the road),” Baker mentioned. “We lastly received settled on some gamers and received so much higher. The offensive line has blocked higher. The defensive position has come off blocks and tackled higher. Each strains have improved, undoubtedly.”

A lot of the development simply got here from varsity enjoying time and onerous work.

“We’ve got made plenty of strides from the start of the yr,” Hoenstine mentioned. “We had a pair inexperienced guys that had not performed on the varsity degree but, they usually have some expertise now and have come a good distance. We’ve got improved a ton, and it is undoubtedly going to assist in these state playoff video games.”

Central has received 10 straight video games.

“They’re an especially proficient staff. Offensively they’ve weapons everywhere in the subject,” Mowrey mentioned. “They’ve receivers, operating backs and clearly the quarterback does an awesome job of getting the ball out and placing the ball in locations the place his guys could make catches. They’re simply such an explosive staff offensively and may make large performs when it does not seem to be something is there.”

Along with the expertise, Central has the expertise — not simply in soccer however within the baseball and basketball playoffs.

“Unquestionably. They’ve a sense of readiness, a sense of understanding they’ve completed this earlier than, and they aren’t nervous about it,” Baker mentioned. “It is extra of a sense that that is simply what we do. They’ve completed it earlier than and hope to do it once more.”

Grove Metropolis quarterback Hunter Hohman has thrown for practically 2,000 yards this season and 17 landing passes however has additionally thrown 12 interceptions — one thing Mowrey mentioned the staff is targeted on avoiding.

“For us to achieve success, now we have to make performs on offense and management the soccer,” Mowrey mentioned. “Our key to success, very similar to every other highschool soccer staff, is ball management and ensuring we’re not giving any quick fields or additional possessions, and defensively now we have to create some turnovers and get a couple of additional possessions and make recreation -changing performs on particular groups.”

If the sport comes right down to a ultimate play, Grove Metropolis has performed in plenty of shut video games this season, however the Scarlet Dragons have been down the identical street.

“I believe the expertise undoubtedly helps, being in these stress conditions earlier than,” Hoenstine mentioned. “It is a new expertise for some guys, however having guys with expertise on this staff undoubtedly helps, particularly from a management standpoint.”

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