A second half shutout and a dual-threat performance from quarterback Logan Sykes aided Montgomery Central in a 19-10 win over the Northwest Vikings. 

Sykes, who amassed over 200 all-purpose yards last week against Portland, threw for one touchdown and ran in another during the team’s offensive resurgence. Although Montgomery Central found themselves down in the game early, the Indians were able to find their groove late in order to pick up the victory. 

“We just needed a lot of momentum,” Sykes said. “We started off slow. We kind of picked on their secondary a little bit and made some adjustments around there and made a lot of rotations.”

The Vikings scored on their first two possessions of the game, thanks to a one-yard scamper by quarterback Ryan Silverstrim and a 21-yard field goal from Ryan Mulatto. 

Despite holding a 10-0 advantage throughout the first quarter, Northwest was unable to keep up, due largely in part to multiple injuries in the game: Silverstrim would not return in the second half due to a right shoulder injury and starting tailback Kison Rhodes was injured in the second quarter after tweaking his knee, according to head coach Neil Furnish. 

To make matters worse, Vikings backup quarterback, Ethan Tackett, was only able to participate in two Northwest drives before being hurt himself. Third-string quarterback Davion Dozier, a player who entered into the program three weeks ago, was forced into the position to complete the game under center. 

“Last year we went through a little bit of this,” Furnish said. “We start out very strong and by the second or third game we were down 13 starters. Our schedule got a heck of a lot tougher as it went on and that’s no different than it’s getting ready to be now for us again. We’ve got to buckle down, get some younger guys ready to go and see what happens.”

Northwest’s offense stagnated in the second half, as Montgomery Central did not allow the Vikings to receive a first down on their final six drives. The Indians’ defense allowed Sykes and the offense to score 19 unanswered points to finish the game. Head coach Jeff Tomlinson was proud of the team’s defensive mentality throughout the contest. 

“We knew, coming into the game, that there were adjustments that were going to have to be made for Northwest’s speed,” Tomlinson said. “We knew we were going to have to make adjustments just in general: in angles, in calls and things that we made defensively. I told them, ‘It didn’t surprise me that they scored on the first drive.’ Our offense kind of gave them a bad field, but I knew we would get it fixed and I trust our defense to come out here and do that every week.”

With the win, Montgomery Central serves as the only Clarksville-area team to have an undefeated record through the first two weeks of the season. The Indians will receive their first road test of the year against 4-0 Creek Wood on Sept. 18.

Northwest falls to 1-1 and hopes to regroup in a region game next week at Kenwood.

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