For all the talk about Warren Central’s high-powered rushing attack, its biggest threats for the explosive play might come from two receivers.
The Dragons (7-0) are averaging 305 rushing yards a game, but juniors Chris Porter-Bunton and Byron Carver have fueled the passing game when needed.
“They’re great,” WCHS senior quarterback Michael Bush said. “Two tall guys that can both go up and get it. You can’t ask for anything better than that.”
Porter-Bunton and Carver – both 6 feet, 3 inches – have made changes on offense this season.
Porter-Bunton was the backup quarterback behind Bush last season before transitioning to wide receiver, and Carver has added tight-end duties to his starting role at defensive end.
Both moves are paying dividends.
The two have combined to make 36 of Warren Central’s 47 receptions and record 10 of 12 receiving touchdowns.
Porter-Bunton has 23 catches for 329 yards and four TDs. He also has four rushing scores and has completed both of his pass attempts at quarterback for touchdowns, but he’s found his new calling out wide.
When the run game was struggling early Friday against Ballard, the Dragons broke through with a 20-yard fade route from Bush to Porter-Bunton – a connection Bush has quickly grown fond of.
“That play Chris made in the corner of the end zone, that’s a heck of a play,” Bush said. “But that’s just what he can do.”
Carver has reeled in 13 catches for 228 yards and turned six into touchdowns.
“Michael’s the key,” Porter-Bunton said. “He lays it out for us, and we just go get it. We work on it all the time, and you can see that chemistry on the field.”
Falcons drawing attention
Monroe County is making area teams – and teams across the state, for that matter – take notice with its 6-1 start.
The team with 20 seniors has gone 3-1 against squads from the Daily News’ coverage area, beating Franklin-Simpson, Barren County and Glasgow by a combined score of 86-6.
“Coming into this year, there were high expectations with this group,” Monroe County coach John Petett said. “A lot of people felt like we were going to be pretty good, but our kids worked through some early adversity. We’ve got to keep getting better and doing the things that fit our scheme.”
The Falcons, who were ranked eighth in Class 3A last week, suffered their lone defeat Aug. 31 with a 26-18 loss to Warren East.
They’re led by versatile senior quarterback Chad Wilson, who had rushed for 713 yards and 13 touchdowns through the first six weeks. He had also thrown for 406 yards and three TDs.
Senior fullback Jacob Hodges had 579 rushing yards and five scores.
“They’re very good athletes,” Petett said. “They do whatever is asked, and they’re always hanging around after practice and working on things that make them better.”
Monroe County plays its final three regular season games against area teams, starting Thursday at South Warren. The Falcons finish up at home against Edmonson County and Allen County-Scottsville.
“It’s going to be a battle,” Petett said of the SWHS game. “Their program has grown quickly, but we all knew it would. They’ve got a solid defense and some talented players, but hopefully we can go give them our best shot.”
•The 13 teams in the Daily News’ coverage area are a combined 53-37, including undefeated Bowling Green, Warren Central and Warren East. The five teams in Warren County are a combined 31-3.
•Warren East is tied for first in the state with 48 points allowed this season, an average of 6.9 points per game. The Raiders haven’t surrendered more than 18 points in a game and have held opponents to fewer than 10 points five times.
•Bowling Green is limiting opponents to an average of 128 yards per game. The Purples have won their last three games by a combined score of 151-3.