ALPENA — The defense of Traverse City Central had its finest performance of the season on Friday, shutting out Alpena on the Wildcats’ Homecoming, 45-0.
Despite missing two of their top defensive players because of injuries — linebackers Josiah Lopez-Wild and Joe Schepperly — the Trojans were able to contain Alpena’s spread offense and bounce back from last week’s disappointing loss to Petoskey.
“Our defense played extremely well against a very good passing team,” said Central head coach Tom Passinault.
Ethan Campbell rushed for three touchdowns on runs of 41, 29 and 4 yards and Drew Girard-Pampu chipped in two rushing scores from 50 and 1 yard. Quarterback Sean Williams threw a touchdown pass to Jephte Jean-Claude from 17 yards out. Kicker Jake Gorter kicked a field goal and six extra points.
The Trojans were in control virtually the entire night, holding a 17-0 halftime lead on two touchdown runs from Campbell and Gorter’s field goal. A big second half turned the game into a rout.
The win improves Central to 4-3 and keeps its postseason hopes alive. The Trojans host Ogemaw Heights on Friday.