• A pair of tootball players from Centennial signed letters of intent last Wednesday. Seated are, from, left, Wellington Bridges (West Texas A&M) and Kelton Tezeno (Southwestern Baptist). Standing are, from left, Centennial principal Jimmy Neal, BISD Superintendent Bret Jimerson and Centennial head football coach Kyle Geller. BURLESON STAR/RICKY MOORE

Centennial's Tezeno, Bridges sign football letters of intent

The football signing class at Centennial grew to three last Wednesday when Kelton Tezeno and Wellington Bridges inked National Letters of Intent to play football in college.

The pair join offensive tackle Kyle Perry, who received his appointment to United State Military Academy at West Point in November.

Tezeno, a four-year starter for the Spartans, signed with Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo. Tezeno played slot back and defensive back for the Spartans and also returned kicks. Bridges, a two-year starter at receiver, signed with West Texas A&M.

“I have warm memories of these two guys,” Centennial football coach Kyle Geller said. “These are two of the most special guys I’ve coached. I know your teammates love you. You will be sorely missed but your legacy will go on for a long time.”

In 21 years of coaching, Tezeno is the first four-year starter that Geller has coached. Geller said Southwest Baptist is getting one of the best players in the North Texas area. He added that other district coaches will be glad to see Tezeno go because some of them think he has been around for six years.

“Kelton has been our best player but he never let that go to his head,” Geller said. “Even when I yell at him in practice he smiles. He doesn’t get mad or pout.”

Having played college football in Missouri, Geller is familiar with the program at Southwest Baptist.

“Southwest Baptist is an up-and-coming program in the nation. They won their conference in 2016 and made the national playoffs,” Geller said. “In 2017, they are reloading. They are getting players like Kelton which are going to make them a national contender. They have sunk a lot of money into their program and they want to be a national power.”

Bridges is headed to a program that is considered a powerhouse in the Lone Star Conference with great tradition and high expectations.

Geller said Bridges landed at the perfect place for his talents.

“They run an offensive scheme that is going to be fun for him,” Geller said. “They throw the ball a lot which is great for a receiver. He did a lot of blocking for us.”

When Bridges arrived at Centennial, Geller knew he could become a good player. It just took Bridges a while to grow into his body.

“I’ve had kids like him before and experienced similar results where as a senior they are signing a college scholarship,” Geller said. “I could see because of his work ethic and ability to take coaching that we were going to be able to use him in the future to our success. I know he’s going to be a great success at West Texas A&M.”

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