Spartans’ season-opener not so special
Things weren’t so special for Centennial Friday night as Saginaw Boswell handed the Spartans a 39-28 loss in their home opener at Burleson ISD Stadium.
The Pioneers special teams were very good in the win that snapped a two-game Centennial winning streak in the five-game series that included one playoff game.
“We have a laundry list of things we have to get better at and at the top of the list would be special teams,” Centennial coach Kyle Geller said. “We just have to become a much smarter football team.”
In the blink of an eye things soured for Centennial (0-1) in the first quarter.
One moment, the Spartans were celebrating Kyle Burns 22-yard touchdown pass to Wellington Bridges that seemed to counter Boswell’s first score of the game.
Then the Pioneers blocked the point-after kick, which landed in the hands of John Diaz who returned the block for a two-point conversion and 9-6 lead.
On the ensuing kickoff, Boswell’s Breshun Berry found a seam in the Spartans’ special teams and returned the ball 93 yards for a score and a 16-6 lead.
With 3:16 left in the first half, Boswell extended its lead to 22-6 thanks to a 43-yard touchdown strike from Brayden Thomas to Jakoby Satroplus. Centennial countered with a 1-yard scoring run by Burns with nine seconds to play in the first half.
Burns, making his first start, got the Spartans to within 22-19 in the third quarter thanks to a nine-yard touchdown run. The score was setup by Bryson Fleming’s fumble recovery on a punt.
“Offensively, I thought we moved the ball well,” Geller said. “We just stopped ourselves at times.”
It was as close as Centennial would get as the Pioneers answered with consecutive touchdowns.
First, Thomas hit Cameron Burkett for a 13-yard score then, after a successful onside kick, Jay Garcia added his second touchdown of the game on a 17-yard run.
Kelton Tezeno tossed in a 34-yard touchdown run late and the Spartans added a safety but it wasn’t enough.
“The positive thing was we still had a chance to win the game after all the bad plays that we had,” Geller said.
Burns had his ups-and-downs in his first start, The junior rushed for 36 yards on 21 carries and threw for 102. Tezeno carried six times for 61 yards and Kevan Romero racked up 48 yards on 12 carries.
Garcia led the Pioneers rushing attack with 103 yards on 18 carries. Thomas completed 8 of 14 passes for 149 yards.
Centennial plays Friday against Birdville (0-1) at the Birdville FAAC at 7:30 p.m.
“I told the team after the game that we have a very good football team but we aren’t very smart,” Geller said. “We have to smarten up if we want to be good. It’s all a matter of focus and discipline during the week.”
The Hawks lost Thursday night to Keller Central, 17-16.
Boswel 39, Centennial 28
Boswell 16 6 7 10 - 39
Centennial 6 6 7 9 - 28
B - Jay Garcia 2 run (Conner Carrell kick).
C - Wellington Bridges 22 pass from Kyle Burns (kick failed).
B - John Diaz Extra point return.
B - Breshun Berry 93 kickoff return (Carrell kick).
B - Jakoby Satroplus 43 pass from Brayden Thomas (run failed).
C - Burns 1 run (pass failed).
C - Burns 9 run (Ben Harwelll kick).
B - Cameron Burkett 13 pass from Thomas (Conner Carrell kick).
B - Garcia17 run (Conner Carrell kick failed).
C - Kelton Tezeno 34 run (Ben Harwelll run).
B - Carrell 23 FG
Team Statistics B C
First Downs 13 15
Rushes-Yards 27-166 50-179
Passing Yards 149 102
Comp.-Att.-Int. 8-14-0 4-9-1
Punts-Avg. 1-53 3-21.33
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 3-0
Penalties-Yards 9-79 8-75
Rushing – Boswell:Jay Garcia, 18-103; Dutch Patterson, 3-39; Brayden Thomas, 6-24. Centennial: Kelton Tezeno, 6-61; Kevan Romero, 12-48 Kyle Burns, 21-36; Darrell Williams, 9-33; Ethan Diaz, 1-1; Zavier Fuller, 1-0.
Passing – Boswell: Thomas, 8-14-0-149. Centennial: Burns, 4-9-0-102.
Receiving – Boswell: Dutch Patterson, 1-58; Jakoby Satroplus, 1-43; Brandon Chatman, 3-25; Cameron Burkett, 1-13; Breshun Berry, 2-10. Centennial: Tezeno, 1-42; Diaz, 1-25; Wellington Bridges, 1-22; Williams, 1-13.