It was ugly. The field at GCC was a duck pond and the play early was not championship caliber as penalties and dropped balls ruled. But, the superior athleticism of defending 5A II champ Centennial was able to show even on the slow track as the Coyotes moved on to next week's final where they will face Westview.
The scoring began with 5:42 left in the first quarter when Centennial QB Scott Burgett was able to slip a sack, keep his wits and scramble 31 yards for a score. This score would open the floodgates and pave the way for a 41-6 Centennial win.
The second quarter belonged to the Hughes family as Jeff Hughes opened the quarter with a 14 yard touchdown run. A few minutes later, John Hughes intercepted a Jamie Valdez pass, which lead to a 40 yard score by Anthony Hughes. The family reunion continued as Jeff Hughes added a 2 yard score with 4:48 left in the second quarter. Knowing their season was on the line, the always tough Blue Devils mounted their best drive of the night going deep into Coyote territory only to come up short on a fourth and ten play.
The onslaught continued in the second half as Burgett added a 5 yard score on boot left and Anthony Hughes popped again for a 20 yard score. 34-0 Centennial.
QB Jamie Valdez of Sunnyside competed all night, but was a victim of numerous dropped passes. He was able to hit for a late score, but it was not enough. Centennial added one more TD and cruised to the state title game with a 41-6 win.
Centennial will again see Westview, a team that gave them everything they could handle earlier this season in a 20-14 Coyote win. It will be fun to watch the speed on the field next week at
As much as the Centennial offense made plays it was the defenses' ability to control the line of scrimmage that brought on the win. Sunnyside speedster Jovan Stevenson was held to three yards a carry and although close at times to breaking one, he could never shake free of the Coyote defense.