Game Preview: Centennial v. Westview

24-7 previews the rematch of last year's 5A2 state title game

CENTENNIAL COYOTES @ WESTVIEW KNIGHTS

Coyote offense versus Knight defense

Even with star back John Hughes on the sidelines Centennial managed to score 38 points against a Tolleson defense that had surrendered under 13 points a game up to that point.  Hughes is expected to be back and at full-strength against Westview, and as usual younger brother Anthony will be ready to tote the ball when the situation calls for it.  QB Dain McFarland has strung together three solid games and had a career-best 205 passing yards (with three touchdowns) versus Tolleson.  Six different players have caught touchdowns for Centennial this season, and four different players have over 150-yards receiving.

Westview features an imposing front seven, highlighted by junior linebacker Eric Ramsey and senior lineman Terry Williams.  Ramsey is the team's current leader in tackles, and has also registered an interception and a fumble recovery.  Williams leads the Knights in sacks with seven, and partners with Vincent Keener and Vincent Shatwell on the defensive line.  The Knight defense has been extremely opportunistic against the passing game, having picked off 10 passes to this point.

Knight offense versus Coyote defense

Sophomore running back Carlton Williams is coming off a monster game against La Joya, racking up 245-yards rushing and three touchdowns.  Junior quarterback Jourdon Grandon has a strong arm and is very athletic; he has accounted for over 1,000 yards of offense this season and 11 touchdowns.  Senior R.J. Robinson and his 445 rushing yards on the year round out a dynamic Westview backfield, and WR Nathan McOwen has shown the ability to be a deep threat (averages just under 20-yards per catch) in limited opportunities (10 catches).

UNLV commit Reggie Umuolo continues to be the team leader on defense, recording his second interception of the year against Tolleson and ranking second on the team in tackles.  Cornerback Kyle Coffey has been a solid shut-down defender all year, and juniors Austin Arias and Austin Garday join Umuolo to form an excellent linebacking corps.  On the year the Centennial defense has been adept at forcing teams into mistakes, recording 25 sacks and forcing 18 turnovers on the year.

BOTTOM LINE

 

This is without question the biggest game on Westview's schedule, as the Knights are looking to avenge their two losses to Centennial in 2007 (including their 26-7 loss for the state title).  Since Centennial moved up to 5A-2 in 2005 the Knights' varsity has gone 0-4 versus the Coyotes. 

After allowing over 200-yards of rushing against La Joya a week earlier, Centennial bounced back against Tolleson, holding the Wolverines to just three yards a carry.  The Coyote D would love to have another effort like they had against Desert Vista, when they held the talented Thunder to -26 yards rushing. 

After a pair of shaky games against Desert Vista and La Joya, kicker Ryan Shaugher was at the top of his game against Tolleson, booting through all five of his PAT attempts and knocking down a 45-yard field goal in the closing seconds of the first half.  On the year he's recorded 25 touchbacks. 

Both teams will exhibit big, physical lineups, with Westview having six players tipping the scales in excess of 240-pounds while Centennial will have seven over the 240 mark.



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