The great classic rock song "Taking Care of Business" was the name of the game Friday night as the Centennial Coyotes out played the Chaparral Firebirds in their second meeting of the season 30-0.
The game started out in what looked to become a defensive battle with both teams having to punt on their first possession. Five minutes into the first quarter, Centennial got the ball back on their own 40 and put together a quick strike. Tim "take it to the" House hit the seam off the right side for a 28 yard gain. QB Joe Caskey then hit tight end Junior Hackworth on a short pass with big yards after catch. Hackworth was pushed out at the three. Next play Tim House takes it in for the TD. PAT good. Centennial 7- Chaparral 0.
The Firebirds put themselves in a hole on the next series with penalties and they ended up having to punt again. The Coyotes took over on their own 20 and with 44 seconds left in the first quarter, Terry Longbons got his first carry of the evening. The teams then traded sides for the end of the quarter. With Longbons and House in the backfield, the Firebirds seemed to forget about Junior Hackworth. Who on the next play caught another pass from Caskey and rumbled down to the Firebird 14. With the double threat of House and Longbons both still in the backfield in a power I, Chaparral never suspected full back Ryan Coulter to power 14 yards for a TD. PAT good. Centennial 14- Chaparral 0.
Both teams defensive units stepped up and forced the offense to punt. The Coyote D would capitalize on a Firebird fumble and take over on the Chaparral 20.
Behind the power running of Robbie Goetz the Yotes were soon on the 8. Terry Longbons then got the handoff and finished the drive. PAT good.
Centennial 21 Chaparral 0 was the score at half.
Chaparral came out at half fired up and received the kick off. Speedy Vince Coleman gave the team something to cheer about as he ran the kick back to the 50. But a holding penalty brought the ball all the way back to the 10. This did not diminish the Firebird spirit and they put together a great drive using Spencer Rothery and QB Nick Neuenfeldt. They were soon first and goal from the Coyote 3. On four attempts they could not crack the Centennial D for a score and came away empty handed. This seemed to let the air out of the team sails. And if that didn't, a short time later 76 yard TD run by Tim House did. PAT good. Centennial 28 Chaparral 0.
The Coyotes added a safety in the fourth quarter to make the final 30-0.
Bottom Line: Chaparral had a great year. They played a tough schedule and should be proud of their accomplishments. Injuries finally caught up with them and they could not put together a solid performance. Good news for the Firebirds is that they are young. RB's Spencer Rothery, Kyle Williams, QB Nick Neuenfeldt and WR Vince Coleman are all coming back next year.
The Coyotes played their offensive game and were able to contain the elusive Rothery and put pressure on QB Neuenfeldt. Terry Longbons did leave the game with an injury but Tim House ran hard like he has all year. The ‘other' backs, Zach Timberlin, Ryan Coulter and Robbie Goets all ran hard for key gains when called upon.
Game ball: The Coyote D. for pitching a shut out.