Both Centennial and Ironwood Ridge have been playing great defense and that is exactly what we got tonight in this matchup of top 5 unbeaten teams...a defensive dog fight.
It was Centennial's defense that actually started off the scoring. Coyote corner Troy Hawthorne picked off Tyler Williams and raced in for the pick six. 7-0 Centennial after one.
The biggest play offensively came in the second quarter when star Centennial back Jalen Ortiz went 60 yards to the house to put the Coyotes up 14-0 at the half. Ortiz would leave the game with a concussion in the third quarter.
The third quarter was scoreless and Ironwood Ridge's defense picked off Hawthorne, who subbed in for starter Justin Sanchez. A pass interference call and a sweet run by Tyler Williams had the Nighthawks at the three yard line. Mitch Fischer rumbled in and got his team on the baord with 8 minutes left in the game.
What looked to be a kick going out of bounds on the kickoff ended up bouncing in Ironwood Ridge's way. The wind caught the ball and it sat at the 25 yard line. Ironwood Ridge recovered and had a great chance to knot the score.
The Coyote D stepped their game up and forced a turnover on downs.
With help from his big o-line, sophomore Matt Rodriguez moved the ball down the field and senior Zach Hoffpauir put the nail in the coffin with his short TD run.
Final 21-7 Centennial.
Both teams showed the can play serious defense. Centennial had chances to put more points on the board but missed a FG and threw the pick on their side of the 50. Ironwood Ridge is tough. They can run the ball but need to be able to throw it if they want to be a serious contender for the D2 state title.
Centennial's defense. They bottled up Fischer and Williams for most of the night, put 6 points on the board and had the huge stop in the fourth quarter.
Game Recap: Centennial v. Ironwood Ridge
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