It turned out to be quick work for the Miami Central Rockets on Friday night.
Central, ranked 10th in the nation by Max Preps and tops in the state’s Class 6A, put 30 first quarter points on Killian and never looked back enroute to 55-0 rout of the outgunned and outmanned Cougars at Traz Powell Stadium.
Quarterback Tijuane Morten enjoyed a big first half as he completed 9-of-16 passes for 135 yards and two touchdowns including a 53 yarder to Anthony White on third-and-27 just six seconds before halftime to give the Rockets a 43-0 lead.
Central coach Roland Smith emptied the bench in a running clock second half as the Rockets moved to 2-0 and will travel north to Jacksonville next week to take on First Coast.
“A good job in the first quarter of causing turnovers early and taking control of the game which is what you need to do,” said Smith. “We came out and converted on those chances and overall we wanted to stay sharp because we’ve got some tough games up ahead including a hostile environment in Jacksonville next week.”
Led by defensive end Owen Carney, who had a pair of first half sacks, the Central defense completely shut down the Killian offense as the Cougars went to the half with minus-2 yards of offense and zero first downs.
In fact, even after the Rockets emptied their bench, the Cougars never did register a single first down the entire game finishing the night with five yards of total offense.
“The harder the practices are the easier the games are and that’s what it felt like tonight because we just came out and took charge,” said Carney.
“We played as a team and a unit. Maybe we could’ve had a couple more turnovers but we just kept our foot on the pedal and took care of business. We just have to understand that it’s a long road ahead with a lot of tough games so we need to stay focused each and every week.”
Central was up 15-0 before the game was four minutes old. After Killian fumbled on the second play of the game, the Rockets were in the end zone on an 9-yard scoring run by Morten.
The game went to 9-0 on the next series when the Cougars (0-2) were called for holding in their own end zone resulting in a safety.
A long return by Carmoni Green on the ensuing kickoff gave the Rockets a short field and Morten found Damon Johnson for a seven yard touchdown to make it 15-0.