Centennial v. North

Centennial Holds off North to Advance to the Championship Game


Centennial v. North





This game had a lot of scoring and it kicked off early after Centennial's Ben Perez recovered a North fumble and the Coyotes marched 59 yards to paydirt when QB Shane Mascarenas hit Jesse Knaack from 20 yards out. PAT no good score 6-0.


It wouldn't take North long to answer. QB Erik Archuleta hit Cody Dowd in the flats for a 1 yard score and the Mustangs took the lead 7-6 at the end of 1.


Tim House dominated the 2nd quarter. He had TD runs of 21 and 25 yards to put Centennial up 20-7 late in the half.


North was able to keep the game within reach as the added 10 points late in the 2nd on a 33 yard Gustavo Virelas FG and a 32 yard Cody Dowd fumble recovery for a score with under 30 seconds to go in the half. Centennial was able to drive the field behind a 51 yard House run to add a FG and make the score 23-17 in favor of Centennial at halftime.


It looked like the Coyotes were going to run away with the game in the 2nd half. They scored TDs on their 1st two possessions of the half and North took a huge blow when Archuleta went down with an injury. Centennial's two scores came on Tim House's 3rd TD run and on a 18 yard Mascarenas to Lucas Merrill pass that was fumbled into the endzone and recovered by Centennial's Warren Johnson. The score was now 36-17 Centennial midway through the 3rd.


North backup QB Stefan Vallejo found his groove on the Mustang's next possession and hit Ramel Ross on a 67 yard TD pass to keep North close. Score 36-24 after 3.


Both teams exchanged scores in the 4th quarter as Mascarenas hit RB RJ Anderson on a 26 yard TD pass to open up the 4th quarter. The Coyotes also added a 2-point conversion. Ross added North's final score on a 3 yard TD run to make the final Centennial 44  North 31.




Centennial is playing very good football and at the right time. Tim House has awoken and the defensive line is playing very tough against both the run and the pass. They pressured North's QBs all night long. They advance to the state championship and will face undefeated North Canyon.


Game Balls:


Tim House gets the game ball for his 3 TDs. The defensive line was spectacular. They came up with a ton of sacks and put pressure on the QB all night.


I also want to mention North's Ramel Ross. He might be one of the most under rated WRs in the state. He played a great game as did backup Stefan Vallejo filling in for Archuleta.

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