With members of Central's 1963 team looking on, the two teams put on an offensive show for the large crowd by trading scoring plays for four quarters.
The game wasn't decided until a Spring Grove 41-yard field goal try with 7.1 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter went wide left.
Central's players walked off their turf field following the hard-fought contest with a 27-26 victory in the York-Adams Division I opener for the both teams.
"This was a hell of a football game," Spring Grove head coach Russ Stoner said. We're a good football team, and they're a good football team. We let one get away, but we just played our best game of the year."
Stoner's team led, 26-20, when Central took possession at its own 20-yard line with 4:56 on the clock in the fourth quarter.
With the game on the line, The Panthers gave the ball to Breaun.
Breaun Randle rewarded his coaches' confidence by carrying ball five times on counter plays with the final carry being a 24-yard dash to the end zone. Kyle Smith then stepped up and broke the tie by booting the 27th point.
"Our line just played an amazing last drive," Randle said. "Our center was out (with an injury), and we had someone subbing in for him (Andrew Judge took over for Shane Walker).
"We had to win every single play, and that's what we did."
Randle, who rushed for 218 yards, couldn't watch when Spring Grove lined up to try for the potential winning field goal.
"I just turned away," the 5-9, 170-pound senior said. "When I heard our sideline cheering, I threw my helmet away and started celebrating."
Smith, along with kicking the game-winning extra point, booted two other extra points and two field goals. Central quarterback Dylan Hose scored both of his team's first-half touchdowns on runs of five and three yards, respectively.
Spring Grove quarterback Seth Hildebrand had a huge night passing for 306 yards and scoring one touchdown. Rockets' running back Jeff Delaughter rushed for 147 yards and a touchdown and wide receiver Logan Hall grabbed 12 passes for 168 yards.
"There were a bunch of highs and lows in this game," Randle said. "We gave up some big plays on defense, and we got stopped some times on offense, but we never gave up. We kept pushing until the fourth quarter."
The Panthers' final push for 80 yards decided the outcome.
"I saw us come out of the huddle with a vengeance, and Breaun ran like a man possessed," Central coach Brad Livingston said. "It was a hell of a game, and we were fortunate to come out on top in the end."