Strange weather brewing at the start of the night helped create a perfect storm for Central City Friday night, as the Bison outdistanced Centura 56-6.

After getting in a slight hole early in the game, the Fillmore Central Panthers had a tough time trying to dig themselves out at home against the Central City Bison, and it resulted in a 54-43 loss in C-1 girls basketball action Thursday night in Geneva.

It was all Central City in the semifinals of the Bison’s home tournament Thursday against Sandy Creek. Central City won 72-38 in a wire-to-wire win that featured a season-high in points and overall dominating effort that the Bison will look to carry into the tournament title game against Milford.

Central City survived huge point swings, turnovers and a plucky Centura team to earn its second road win of the season.

Central City earned itself a rare opening night feel-good moment Thursday. The Bison closed out with a 9-2 run to defeat Grand Island Northwest 49-46. It was Central City’s first season-opening win against the Vikings since 2007 and snapped a 10-game overall losing streak in the series.

Throughout the summer, The World-Herald will prepare you for the high school football season with previews of new teams each day. Working their way up from the smallest class, the ratings are based on last season’s final Top 10. This week, Class C-1 is featured, with Nos. 5 through 10 today.

Grand Island Central Catholic’s defense never gave Central City a chance to get anything going during Tuesday’s Class C-1, Subdistrict 9 semifinals at Northwest.

The wait was well worth it for Central City’s Jeremiah Dickinson. The Bison senior had to wait before he could wrestle because the Class C, 138-pound championship match was the last match of the state wrestling tournament.

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