Centennial regains "The Boot" with 21-7 win over Burleson
Turnovers and mistakes got the best of Burleson Friday night in its annual “Hall of Fame/Boot Game” with the Centennial.
Spartans’ defense forced three turnovers, two of which led to touchdowns, and Burleson missed a couple of crucial first-half field goals as Centennial defeated the Elks, 21-7, at Burleson ISD Stadium.
Burleson still leads the series, 4-3. The Spartans win snapped a two-game Elks winning streak. The 28 points were the least total points scored in a game during the series. The Spartans 21 points were the least by a winning team in the series.
The Elks (5-1, 3-1) erased a 7-0 Centennial lead on their first possession of the second half. On third and three, quarterback Jacob Amador hit Jacob Moss for a 67-gain yard gain to the Centennial 1. Two plays later, Jarrett Austin took a swing pass from Amador for a 10-yard score.
The touchdown tied the game at 7-7 with 6:40 to play in the third quarter.
Amador and Moss had big nights for Elks. Amador completed 18 of 29 passes for 248 yards while Moss caught nine passes for 184 yards.
The Spartans answered back with an eight-play, 71-yard drive. Centennial did all on the ground. Four plays into the drive, starting quarterback Kyle Burns exited the game with an injury. Sophomore Hank Meyer entered the game and finished the drive. The Spartans went ahead 14-7 with 2:35 to play in the third quarter on a 36-yard run by Chris Mosley. Mosley ended the game with four carries for 83 yards.
Centennial’s defense made a big play on the Elks next possession when linebacker Darrell Williams intercepted an Amador pass and returned it 18 yards to the Elks 24. Six plays later, Meyer scored on a three-yard run to put the Spartans up 21-0 with 9:48 to play.
Burleson followed with a 16-play drive that didn’t result in points when Spartans defensive back David Robinson intercepted an Amador pass in the end zone.
The Elks got the ball back one more time but couldn’t score. This time Moss had the ball stripped away and Centennial’s Mykel Parker recovered the fumble. Centennial was then able to run out the clock to regain “The Boot.”
In the first half, Centennial’s first possession resulted in points when Burns found Jaylon Jackson open for a two-yard score and a 7-0 lead with 4:35 to play in the first quarter. Burns finished the game with 12 carries for 80 yards.
Burleson’s next two possessions slowed in Spartan territory and ended with missed field goals by Edgar Zaragoza. Zaragoza, who hit a 45-yard game-winning field goal last year, missed field goals of 32 and 34 yards.