Game Recap: Centennial v. Liberty

Coyotes build 20-0 lead and survive a 4th quarter scare to win D2 title

Breakdown

After a scoreless first quarter where each team punted twice, Centennial scored twice in the second quarter to build a 14-0 halftime lead.

The Coyotes went on a 2nd quarter drive, one in which QB Isaac Steele converted two 4th downs with his legs, and attempted a field goal. But Liberty roughed the kicker, giving Centennial a 1st down at the 12. Dedrick Young rumbled in from 12 yards out to give the Coyotes the lead. 7-0.

Looking to answer, Liberty moved the ball to the Centennial 35 yard line on a Tyler Wyatt to Deyton Jackson deep ball. Looking for another big play, Liberty attempted a QB throwback but it didn't fool Centennial DE Micah Navarette, who intercepted the pass. 

Steele would then convert another 4th down and then he proceeded to hit Daniel Smith on a ten yard TD pass. 14-0 at the half.

The second half started much like the first, with punts.

After three between the two teams, Centennial was able to push their lead to 20-0 on a Steele to Dedrick Young screen pass for a score.

In the 4th quarter Liberty was able to make things interesting. Wyatt hit Alex Jackson from 38 yards out for a score. The Lion defense forced a punt and Jackson returned the punt for a score. Suddenly we had a ball game. Centennial was up 20-14 with 8:55 left.

Dedrick Young quickly silenced the crowd, going 75 yards to the house on the second play of the drive. 26-14.

The teams exchanged punts again and Centennial junior Quentin Gomez sealed the victory with an INT of Wyatt.

Final Centennial 26 Liberty 14

Bottomline

Centennial was just the better team. Liberty was able to cut it close with some big plays in the 4th quarter but the game was never really in question. Give credit to Liberty coach Dan Filleman, he has built a legitimate title contender.

Game Ball

I thought Centennial's defense played great, DE Chris Jules had 4 sacks. Dedrick Young and Isaac Steele were big on offense.

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