Head coach: Richard Taylor
2006 Record: 14-0
Region: 5A2 Desert West
8/31- @ Desert Ridge
9/28- @ Desert
10/5- La Joya
11/2- @ Ironwood
Key Losses: RB/LB RJ Anderson, WR Warren Johnson, TE Jesse Knaack, OL Brett Goetz, DT Tom Ramsey, DL Pedro Ramos, LB Rusty McConnell, LB/WR Alston Umuolo, OL/DL Joey Oliver, P/DB Austin West, OL Zach Castleberry, WR Mark Bell
Key Returners: QB Scott Burgett, RB/CB Jeff Hughes, WR Jarrell Barbour, OL Zach Schlink, RB John Hughes, LB Adam Shipley, DL Kendrick McBride, WR Jerrell Petersen
Let's face it, Centennial ran
threw the opposition last year. They went undefeated including beating 5A1 state
runner up Mt View. They pitched six shutouts and only one team came within two
scores of them. Their offense only scored less then 30 points one time and a
good portion of those players from that explosive unit are back. It starts with
QB Scott Burgett. He was efficient last year and made few mistakes. He loses
wideouts Alston Umuolo (
The offensive and defensive line may be the biggest concerns and Coach taylro says they spent a lot of time this off-season getting some guys ready to replace those they lost. They return the state's top OL in Zach Schlink but lose four all region players as Cory Woolery's return is uncertain because of a shoulder injury. Making matters worse was junior OL Bryant Gabbard has gone down with a knee injury. The Coyotes have a strong tradition of producing top notch offensive lines so I am sure OL Coach McDonald has some tricks up his sleeve.
The biggest lose on D is NT Tom Ramsey a three time all region pick. 6-3 260 pound DT Kendrick McBride, a move in from Yuma Kofa has the coaches excited. Coach Taylor went as far as to say that McBride has "some Tom Ramsey qualities." Big things are also expected from junior DE Jimmie Lewis.
Barbour along with the Hughes
brothers, Jeff and John, will man a very fast secondary. In fact
This team is the hands down favorite to win 5A2. They are my early pick. They have some loses but they benefit by getting players from a 7-2 JV team and their skill position players can be matched with any in the state.