Senior defensive lineman Xavier Gladney brings down Central quarterback William Mason. He had two tackles in the game. Photo by Roger Cotton 

Collierville's “cardiac kids” nearly pulled off another close win Friday night on the road against Memphis Central. 

The Dragons, who are now 2-1 on the season, won their first two games by a total of 2 points. However, the Warriors would not go down like Southwind and Center Hill in previous weeks and Collierville would lose 35-28. 

Central was plagued with penalties all night, negating several large plays and pulling back yardage. 

In the end, it went down to the final 10 seconds of the game, with Collierville trying to rally one more score. However, the Warrior defense held, leaving Central the winner over Collierville.

The story of the night was turnovers and penalties. Collierville couldn’t stop throwing interceptions in the first half, allowing Central to go up 21-0 almost immediately. 

However, the Dragons rallied back and went to the locker room at halftime down only 21-14.

Collierville was led primarily by its upperclassmen. 

Senior quarterback Mitch Austin threw for 188 yards and three touchdowns. He completed nearly 50 percent of his passes but threw for three interceptions. 

Austin's TD targets were all seniors. Braxton Crouse (48 yards), Andrew Smith (40 yards) and Jay Cole (21 yards) each had a touchdown. Sophomore running back Duple Travillion rushed for 47 yards on 11 carries. 

Defensive back Mario Sanders, also a twelfth grader, paced the defense with 7 tackles. Junior linebacker Christian Flynn chipped in 6 tackles.

The Dragons fell behind 14-0 in the first quarter but were never out of the game despite giving up three turnovers. Down 21-0 by the beginning of the second quarter, Collierville went on a 14-0 run before the half. Austin rushed for a 4-yard touchdown with five minutes to go in the second quarter. 

Less than four minutes later, Austin found Smith in the end zone for the Dragons' second score. 

Central scored again late in the third quarter to push its lead to 28-14.

However, the Warriors would lose a fumble with a minute left in the quarter. The Dragons would capitalize with a 21-yard touchdown pass from Austin to Alexander, cutting the lead to 28-21. 

The Dragons would strike again with a 29-yard hook-up from Austin to Crouse with just minutes left in the fourth quarter, tying the game at 28. 

However, the Warriors scored on a 17-yard pass with a minute left in the game, making the score 35-28.

Collierville rallied after collecting the kick-off at the 35-yard line and prepared to march down field for the win but was unable to get a touchdown and the game ended with the Dragons on the 49-yard line. 

Collierville will host Southaven this Friday at 7 p.m. The Chargers are 0-2 on the season. The Warriors will travel to Bartlett this Friday.