Several stepping up for Spartans
So far, Centennial football coach Kyle Geller has been pleased with the way his Spartans have performed with a week’s worth of practice under their belts.
“Things have gone well,” Geller said. “For the most part, we have stayed injury-free. A few players have been banged up and bruised. They have also have retained a lot of the things that we did in the spring which means we haven’t had to do a lot of teaching.”
Two areas of need for the Spartans going into the fall were on the defensive line and in the secondary.
Three players have stepped up at those positions and added depth, according to Geller.
Junior Kenny Long is looking good on the defensive line while freshman Chapman Lewis and junior move-in Maleik Bradford are playing well in the secondary.
Bradford, who came to Centennial from Arlington Bowie, has done some nice things in practice, Geller said.
Lewis has stepped in a taken a starting spot at safety.
“We knew Lewis was going to be good,” Geller said. “He’s very mature for his age.”
The Spartans travel to Waco Friday night for a 6:30 p.m. scrimmage with the Lions at Waco ISD Stadium.
It will be Centennial’s final test before opening the season Aug. 30 at home against Corsicana.
The format for the scrimmage will few rounds of controlled scrimmage play followed by of live half of play.
“Offensively, I want to see us protect the football, play hard and finish our blocks,” Geller said. “Defensively, I want to see us lining up correctly, running to the ball and creating turnovers. I also want to see what our secondary can do.”