5A2 Title Game: Centennial v. Westview

After meeting in the regular season, these region rivals face off for the 5A2 title

These two teams have seen each other before. They are region rivals and Westview gave the Centennial their money's worth in the match up earlier this season.

The Coyotes jumped right out of the gates with a John Hughes kickoff return for a touchdown. Unfortunately it was called back for a clip but Centennial still would take the ball from the Westview 17 yard line.

A couple of false starts and a Willie Perrymon sack put the Coyotes in a 3rd and 21 situation. But QB Scott Burgett was cool in the pocket and found Jeff Hughes for a 21 yard score. PAT was missed. 6-0 Centennial.

Westview caught Centennial slipping. They were keying on the Knights RBs Reggie Nicholson and Brian Conley and got burned deep when Conley pulled up for a pass and found TE Ray Ortega for a 53 yard gain. Nicholson punched it in from and Westview took a 7-6 lead with the successful PAT.

This turnout out to be Westview's only lead and in fact, only score.

Both teams exchanged punts and right before the end of the 1st quarter, John Hughes pulled off the play of the game. The snap was bobbled by Burgett but he managed to find Hughes in the flats. He looked to be bottled up but he reversed the field and showed outstanding speed, beating all defenders to the corner for a score. PAT again was no good. 12-7 Centennial

The Coyotes defense forced what looked to be a punt but attempting to pull out all of the stops, Westview faked the punt but it was snuffed out. Centennial took over with good field position.

Burgett went back to work, hooking up with Andre Wesson for a 12 yard gain and Jeff Hughes for a 22 yard gain that put them at the 1 yard line. Jeff Hughes punched it in for his second score. Burgett found Zack Hawley on the 2-point conversion and took a 20-7 lead.

A 28 yard pass from Albert Lizarraga to Brian Conley pass moved the chains for Westview and got them in scoring position. But again, the trickery backfired. The Knights faked a 47 yard field goal attempt and it was stuffed by the Coyotes defense.

The Coyotes went right back to work. Burgett hit Jeff Hughes for 15 yards, Jarrell Barbour for 38 yards and John Hughes on a 29 yard pass for a score just before the half.

Score 26-7 at the half.

Neither team managed a point in the second half as it looked as though Centennial was on cruise control a little bit. Scoring attempts early in the second half were thwarted by Jeff Hughes who had two interceptions.

Final 26-7.

Bottomline:

Give credit to the Centennial D and head coach Richard Taylor and d-coordinator Andy Taylor for bottling up Nicholson and Conley.

Game Ball:

Junior John Hughes showed people why Centennial will be a team to be reckoned with next year despite all of their losses. He was amazing tonight from the opening kickoff.


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