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    Centennial’s defense celebrates a turnover during the Spartans’ 45-0 District 5-5A Division II Homeconing victory over Cleburne Friday night. The defense forced six turnovers while registering its first shutout of the season. BURLESON STAR/ANGELIQUE HAYS

Rain can’t slow Spartans

Playing in a driving rainstorm and turnovers slowed Centennial early Friday night in its District 5-5A Division II Homecoming game against Cleburne.

After not moving the ball on their next first four possessions, the Spartans scored touchdowns on their five possessions on the way to a 45-0 win over the Yellow Jackets.

“The turnovers were pretty bad on both sides early,” Centennial coach Kyle Geller said. “But we were able to get things going offensively.

“It was a good win overall. I don’t think it was very clean but I’ll take it. We just need to keep getting better each week,” Geller said. “We are pretty banged up right now.”

Centennial (6-1, 4-1) has won four consecutive district games. The Spartans play at Waco University Friday. Cleburne (5-1, 3-1) suffered its first loss of the season.

The Yellow Jackets entered the game averaging 40.7 points per game. Centennial’s defense, which registered its first shutout of the season, has allowed 22 points in its last four games.

Cleburne struggled against the Spartans aggressive defense. Centennial forced six turnovers in the win.

“Our defense’s play has been really encouraging,” Geller said. “Hopefully they can keep it up the rest of district play.”

Spartans running back Jeff Kirven had a big night scoring on runs of 28, 54, and 13 yards. The junior carried 13 times for 145 yards.

“Jeff Kirven had some really nice runs,” Geller said.

With 2:46 to play in the second quarter, Chris Mosley took a pitch on a reverse and raced 72 yards for a score that put the Spartans up 21-0. Mosley finished the game with four carries for 98 yards.

“When Mosley scored on that long run it kind of took the air out of them,” Geller said.

The game was delayed one hour and nine minutes with 1:38 left in the second quarter by a lightning delay.

Centennial went up 28-0 with 36 seconds to play in the second quarter when quarterback Hank Meyer, who had replaced injured starter Kyle Burns, hit Cole Weidmer for a 27-yard touchdown.

The Spartans scoring slowed down in the second half as Centennial was able to add 17 points the rest of the way.

Kirven scored his third touchdown of the night. Ben Harwell, who was perfect on all six point-after kicks on a rainy night, drilled a 27-yard field. Kendall Earheart finished out the Spartans scoring with a three-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Spartans tallied 313 yards rushing on 55 carries.

Cleburne running back Jacob Reynolds ended the night with 190 yards rushing on 28 carries.

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