DAY 9: After delay, Spartans trounce Granbury
Sports Editors Note:
This is the seventh in a series of 17 football game stories that will tout either a Burleson or Centennial victory. The series is meant to get you excited about the upcoming season and also as a lead up to the release of our 2016 Football Section in our Aug. 18 edition.
Centennial coach Kyle Geller said he didn’t much advice for his players during a two-hour and 15 minute lightning delay at Burleson ISD Stadium.
Geller said his team just sat around in the locker room.
The rest must have done the Spartans good because when they returned to the field they reeled off 32 unanswered points to down Granbury, 39-7, in a District 8-5A game.
“Offensively, we played much better after the lightning delay,” Centennial coach Kyle Geller said. “We didn’t necessarily play well in the first half.”
With the victory Centennial (5-3, 3-2) stayed in the midst of the playoff hunt with two game remaining.
A turnover cost Granbury during the game.
Just before lightning halted play with 3:25 left in the second quarter, Centennial’s Kelton Tezeno stopped a Granbury (1-7, 1-4) scoring threat with an interception at the Spartans 5 and the game tied at 7-7.
Tezeno had another big night for Centennial on offense and defense. The sophomore slot back scored on a 5-yard to tie the game in the second quarter and then took a pitch and burst free for a 82-yard touchdown run that put Centennial up 24-7 in the third quarter. Tezeno finished the game with seven carries for 135 yards.
Senior tailback Shayne Streminski continued to improve after taking over as starter last week. Streminski shoulder the rushing load with 19 carries for 137 yards including a 34-yard scoring jaunt up the middle for a 17-10 lead.
Ryan Reid put the Spartans up for good late in the first half with a 33-yard field goal. The boot capped 14-play drive that covered 77 yards and was set up by Tezeno’s interception.
Playing in rain most of the night, Centennial kept the ball on the ground rushing for 454 yards on 45 attempts.
Ten Spartans carried the ball. Freshman Hunter Prescher entered the game late and led a scoring drive that was capped by Brayden Hirsch’s 22-yard run. Before that Devin Paz scored on a 49-yard run. The scoring drive took one play and was Paz’s lone carry of the game.
Centennial changed defensive looks Friday moving from a three-man front to a four-man front. Junior lineman Ronnie Burns-Lane flourish in the new look and wrecked havoc on the Pirates running game.
Senior defensive back Nathan French and senior linebackers Gage Issacs and Patch Van Weezel also had big games for the defense that limited the Pirates to 161 yards in 47 plays.