After a lackluster showing in the second scrimmage against Lower Dauphin, Central's defense had something to prove in Friday night's season-opening game against West York.

The Panthers made their point by forcing six turnovers in rolling to a 41-6 victory over their cross-town rival.

"We preach T and T, tackling and turnovers," Central linebacker Collin George said. "Turnovers led to almost all of our points. We had a team meeting (following the Lower Dauphin scrimmage). We're a tough squad, and it showed tonight."

Central's ball-hawking defense intercepted three passes and recovered three fumbles.

George pounced on a fumble to set up the first score of the game.

Central, which started at West York's 20-yard line, scored five plays later when quarterback Dylan Hose avoided a pass rush and raced into the end zone.

It was the first of four touchdowns for the senior who battled with two players this season for the starting job.

"Dylan, I thought was spectacular and very solid in his management of the game," Central head coach Brad Livingston said. "He showed the poise of a senior who played in the system for a while, and he obviously has some athletic ability people didn't know he had."

Hose passed the credit for his success to the offensive line.

"Carson (Venne), Nate Stephens, Zane Santos, Shane Walker and Erik Ramirez, they opened great holes for me along with Breaun (Randle), the running back. I would get the ball, and there would be a hole as a big as an ice cream truck."

Randle rushed for 108 yards and scored a touchdown.

"Breaun was doing all the hard work getting the ball down there," Hose said.

Central's other touchdown came when sophomore quarterback Nik Strine and Zach Emswiler hooked up on an 86-yard pass play.

Following the TD, Kyle Smith booted the extra point to swell the Panthers' advantage to 41-0.

West York avoided a shutout when Noah Bowers scored on a three-yard run with 3;36 remaining in the fourth quarter.

The Bulldogs, who lost 24 players from last year's 13-1 team to graduation, showed their varsity inexperience.

Central's veterans on both sides of the ball (eight returning starters on defense, six players back on offense who were either starters or spot starters) played very well for the first game of the season.

"I thought we did a much better job of running the ball tonight then we did most of the time last year," Livingston said. "And, I thought we did a pretty nice job of stopping the run. "I don't think we were anything close to perfect, but we played hard and good things happen when you play hard. It's going to be a nice evening over in North York."