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Burlington Central rushes past Rockford Christian

Rich Crabel

Rich Crabel

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Updated: September 8, 2012 4:54PM

ROCKFORD — Burlington Central used a dominating second half to power its way to a 36-3 win over host Rockford Christian in each team’s Big Northern East opener on Friday.

Up 10-3 at the half, Central scored 26 unanswered third-quarter points to pull away.

“We tried to make things as basic as possible,” said Central coach Rich Crabel. “We tried to get our running game going and we did a better job of that in the second half.”

Junior Reilly Marino led the way on the ground, rushing for 155 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries. Sophomore Trevor Davidson accounted for 92 yards and one score on 15 carries.

Junior quarterback Tyler Majewski filled in for injured Ryan Ritchie, and went 4-of-8 passing for 55 yards and one touchdown.

The Rockets forced five Royal Lions’ turnovers — four in the second half — leading to 25 points. Marino had two fumble recoveries. Damyan Vasquez and Kyle Coffland each recovered a fumble, and Ibrahim Sanson picked off Rockford Christian quarterback Coleman Nelson.

“That was a point of emphasis this week,” Crabel said. “We haven’t had enough turnovers in our first two games so we worked on that.”

The Rockets (2-1, 1-0) recovered from a disappointing first half in which they committed 10 penalties totaling 100 yards.

Marino gave Central a 16-3 lead less than two minutes into the second half on a 2-yard run up the middle. The Rockets extended the lead to 24-3 after Majewski found Justin Schreiber over the middle for a 17-yard score. After a touchdown from Davidson, Dishon Rambo capped off the scoring with a 4-yard touchdown run with six seconds left in the third quarter.

Kicker Bringham Weyrauch hit a 30-yard field goal with 4:49 left in the first half to put Rockford Christian (1-2,0-1) on the board.

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