High School: Springfield Central flexes their muscle early in Central 52-0 win over Westfield

By Tony Catalina
NEFJ Correspondent

WESTFIELD – From the opening kickoff to the final whistle, there was no doubt who the most dominant team in Western Massachusetts is when Springfield Central hammered Westfield 52-0 on Friday night.

Central is now 4-1 and as usual, the Golden Eagles were powered by Nebraska Cornhusker commit William Watson. In typical SC fashion, the performance was dominant in all three phases and the team was able to showcase its ridiculously deep and talented roster. Westfield dropped to 3-1.

Running back Tariq Thomas got the offensive onslaught started with a five yard touchdown run on SC’s first offensive possession.

“They’re doing their job. They always do. The o-line has always been great and they’re getting better every week,” Thomas said of his offensive line making life easy for him with their performance up front. Thomas was also asked about what he learned from a game like this one and what the Golden Eagles need to work on.

“Be more disciplined. Lessen the flags, and just executing more,” he said.

Central didn’t look back from there. Thomas and Connellius Patrick both had two touchdowns apiece in the first half. Thomas added a third touchdown in the third quarter to cap off his impressive night.

Watson got in on the scoring as well with a six yard touchdown run before the first half ended. Watson’s night would end early in the third quarter as the game was in hand at that point.

“I said it before and I’ll say it right now..this probably going to be the best team to ever walk through Central’s school.” Watson said emphatically. “I think we played a very good game for all four quarters, we were energetic, everybody that stepped in was ready to play, so now we gotta just keep getting better.”

Central added  one more touchdown in the fourth when Jaykelis Algarin punched it in from eight yards out.

It wasn’t all about the offense for Central either. Guys like defensive lineman Josiah Griffin and linebacker Mesia Lee were physical and all over the ball carrier in a smothering effort. Westfield is a quality football team that will beat a lot of good teams this year, however tonight’s performance was just another case of a Springfield Central team putting together a highlight tape type night in a hopeful championship season.

“We still have to execute at a high level. I want to play faster and continue developing and keep adding to our little wrinkles,” said head coach Bill Watson.  “A lot of film is out now, this was the fifth game and guys get a lot of film on you now, so now we want to be prepared when teams take away some of the things you do early.”