• Centennial’s Chris Mosely hauls in a pitch from quarterback Kyle Burns during the Spartans scrimmage against Waco Friday night. The Spartans open play at 7:30 p.m. Friay at Corsicana. BURLESON STAR/RICKY MOORE

Corsicana quarterback could cause trouble

The first thing that is on Centennial football coach Kyle Geller’s mind when he thinks about Friday’s season-opener at Corsicana is finding a way to contain the Lions senior quarterback Blake Hoffman,

Hoffman, the son of Corsicana head football coach Steve Hoffman, topped the 1,000-yard mark last season throwing and running the football.

“Their quarterback is outstanding,” Geller said. “He’s a dual threat guy. He throws the ball well and can run. We need to try to control him.”

Hoffman combined for 2,623 yards and 24 touchdowns. He threw for 1,512 yards and 14 scores and rushed for 1,011 yards and 11 touchdowns. The Lions averaged 381 yards per game last season.

Friday’s game is slated for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff at Corsicana’s Lions Stadium.

“Defensively we are going to have to be in the right place because their quarterback is such a running threat,” Geller said. “And when he scrambles we are going to have to hold our pass coverage.”

Hoffman is one of the factors that has the Lions ranked 10 in at least one Class 5A preseason poll.

The Lions’ offensive line is a work in progess but it does have an anchor in junior Manny Zamora, a first-team all-district player last season.

Defensively, the Lions are led by all-state end Melvin Martin.

The keys for the Spartans on offense are the same as they are each time you ask Geller - protect the football, sustain drives and protect the passer.

“They have some really good athletes on their defense,” Geller said. “They are a good team. They will be a great challenge for us.”

Geller did get the chance to see the Lions scrimmage last week in person. That could pay off for the Spartans. But then again, coach Hoffman was able to watch the Spartans scrimmage Friday night against Waco High.

Although the Spartans kept things simple during the scrimmage, Geller thought they did okay against the Lions.

“I thought that defensively we flew the field,” Geller said. “Offensively we have to pay attention to details and there are little things that we need to correct technique wise.”

The Spartans will be looking to get off to a better start than they did last season when they went 1-2 in non-district play.

Centennial lost to Saginaw Boswell, 39-28, to open the season. The Spartans then beat Birdville, 14-13, and lost to White Settlement Brewer, 41-35, in triple overtime.

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