FAIRFIELD — Two years ago, as a sophomore playing in his first season with the varsity, Central running back Dimitrie Ivey had a costly mistake late in the game against Ludlowe, a game the Falcons rallied to win by a point.

Ivey never forgot.

On Thursday night, the senior more than made up it and then some. He rushed for 185 yards, scored three touchdowns and added four conversion runs as the Hilltoppers built a huge lead before holding on for a 46-44 victory over the Falcons at Taft Field.

“My sophomore year, they came back and beat us and I was really upset at myself,” Ivey said. “I’d felt that I’d let the team down.”

On Thursday, Ivey picked the team up, rushing 20 times and scoring touchdowns on runs of 1, 1 and 25 yards as the Hilltoppers improved to 2-7. The win gives Central a ton of positive emotion heading into its Thanksgiving meeting against Harding.

“I’m ready for them,” Ivey said. We’re not backing down and hopefully we get the win.”

Ludlowe, which at one point trailed 46-20, never quit and rallied with three touchdowns (and three conversions) to cut the Central lead to two points with just over six minutes to play. The Falcons had two possessions to steal the victory but Central managed to hold on.

“We came back and we came within a play of maybe winning this game,” Ludlowe coach Mitch Ross said. “We just couldn’t connect as the seconds wound down. We just needed one catch or two catches and we’d have been fine.”

The first half was a back and forth affair as a Kevin Quinn touchdown run gave Ludlowe the early 6-0 lead, but Central’s Jean Desir’s 33-yard TD run put the Hilltoppers on top after the two-point conversion was successful. The Falcons regained a 14-8 lead on Quinn’s second touchdown run (and successful conversion) but the Hilltoppers’ Steven Alvarez and Ivey scored touchdowns to make it 22-14 Central. Ludlowe pulled within 22-20 at halftime on Josh Evans’ 10-yard TD pass to Aidan Wykoff.

On the night, Ivey had runs of 17, 21, 67, 11, 17 and 43 yards against the Ludlowe defense.

“Coach told me that this game was going to be big for me,” Ivey said. “And that I just had to keep moving my feet and that’s what I did.”

Three Evans interceptions in the third quarter led to 24 Central points and a commanding 46-20 lead as Ivey scored two touchdowns, including a 25-yard run, and quarterback Steven Alvarez scored.

“Josh has been great all season and has thrown very few picks, but he made a few fundamental mistakes,” Ross said. “and they hurt us. But it’s amazing that a team that’s had so little success over the last couple of years is able to not give up and play their hearts out.”

A second Wykoff TD pass, a 45-yard interception return for a score from Jake Northrup and a third TD strike from Evans to Wykoff made it 46-44 with 6:15 to play. But the Falcons couldn’t put together the final drive to take the win.

“It was almost a miraculous comeback,” Ross said.



Central’s RB Dimitrie Ivey. The senior rushed 20 times for 185 yards and scored three touchdowns on runs of 1, 1, and 25 yards. He also scored on four conversion runs.


Ludlowe quarterback Josh Evans. Unofficially, the senior threw the ball 54 times, completing 33 passes for 379 yards and three touchdowns, connecting with Aidan Wykoff on scoring passes of 10, 22 and 27 yards.


“We knew they were big. They probably outweigh us by a 100-pounds each on the (offensive) line. We knew we were going to have to out-score them to win. For us, it’s hard to stop a team like that.” — Ludlowe coach Mitch Ross



CENTRAL 8 14 24 0 — 46

LUDLOWE 14 6 0 24 — 44

L — Kevin Quinn 1 run (kick failed)

C — Jean Desir 33 run (Dimitrie Ivey run)

L — Quinn 1 run (Michael Logan pass Josh Evans)

C — Steven Alvarez 3 run (run failed)

C — Ivey 1 run (Ivey run)

L — Aidan Wykoff 10 pass Evans (run failed)

C — Ivey 1 run (Ivey run)

C — Alfred Fleming 1 run (Ivey run)

C — Ivey 25 run (Gerald Bijou pass Fleming)

L — Wykoff 22 pass Evans (Evans run)

L — Jake Northrup 45 interception return (Quinn run)

L — Wykoff 27 pass Evans (Quinn run)