Centennial scored the first 24 points of the game and never looked back, cruising to a 41-14 win over Chaparral on Thursday night.
The Coyotes went on a 6 minute drive to start the game and took the early 3-0 lead on a field goal by Xavier Rojas.
The Centennial defense forced a Chaparral punt and this time scored in quick fashion. QB Ruben Beltran hit TE Andrew Nichols for a 61 yard gain and RB Taylor Fiame punched it in for a 10-0 lead for the Coyotes after the 1st quarter.
Chaparral got into scoring position but the field goal was blocked. Beltran connected with Connor Sovacki on a big gain and then Beltran threw a screen to Alex Escobar that resulted in a 33 yard score. 17-0 Centennial.
Centennial forced another Chaparral punt, the snap was high and Centennial recovered and scored one play later. Junior RB Zidane Thomas got in on the action with his TD run. 24-0.
Chaparral got on the board just before halftime. QB Grayson Barry hit multiple receivers, including Robby Kriske, Justin Moyes and Tommy Cristakos on the drive before Anthony Fernandez punched it in for the Firebirds.
24-7 at the half.
Chaparral started with the ball but again had trouble on their punt team. A bobbled snap lead to the Coyotes getting the ball at the 23 yard line and it didn't take long for the Coyotes to punch it in. Beltran hit Sovacki from 11 yards out and put Centennial up 31-7.
Centennial added scores in the 4th quarter from Fiame and another Parks field goal while Chaparral's Barry threw a TD pass to Ryan Kleifield near the end of the game.
Final: Centennial 42, Chaparral 14
This game was all Centennial. They didn't punt until the 3rd quarter. Chaparral's special teams really hurt them tonight. A field goal was blocked, they had two bad exchanges on punt team and failed to recover a kick off.
Centennial QB Ruben Beltran didn't throw an incomplete pass, threw for over 200 yards and 3 TDs.