This time last year many people thought Centennial and Sunnyside were the two strongest contenders for a 4A title. In the time since, each team moved into the new 5AII division. The highly anticipated game would quickly get out of hand as homestanding Centennial scored three times in the first quarter to put Sunnyside away. Tim House started the scoring with a fifty-eight yard run up the gut for the first score and backup QB Lucas Merrill threw and ran for TDs to make the score 20 to 0 at the end of the 1st. The scoring continued in the 2nd when Warren Johnson took a punt eighty-four yards to pay dirt. Sunnyside was able to score on a fumble recovery for a score to make it 27-7 at the half. Coyotes in the lead. The second half saw Merrill score twice more first on a twenty-nine yard pass to Justin Garman in the third and a four yard TD run early in the fourth. Sunnyside did manage a TD pass in the third but it was not enough. With the early 1st quarter onslaught the game was never in doubt and Centennial cruised to a 41-14 victory.
Bottom Line: Centennial was too much for Sunnyside. The Coyotes are playing good ball at the right time. With nagging injuries to Tim House and a couple of losses to tough 5AI opponents they have managed to stay under the radar. No longer will this be the case. Next week's game against North should be a good one with a trip to the state final on the line.
Game Ball: Filling in for injured starter Shane Mascarenas, Merrill ran for two scores and threw for two scores. The quick Centennial defense held Sunyside tailback Michael Smith in check and forced Sunnyside in the uncomfortable position of throwing the ball.