Spartans claim second place in district with win at Arlington Seguin
ARLINGTON - In its last three District 5-5A Division II football games, Centennial hasn’t been tested.
Friday night, the Spartans faced their first adversity since the third quarter of their 21-7 win over Burleson on Oct. 5.
Centennial entered halftime of its game with Arlington Seguin holding a slim 21-14 lead.
But 52 seconds in the third quarter, the Spartans led 35-14 and never looked back on the way to a 42-22 win at Arlington’s Wilemon Field.
“I was pleased that our kids responded well when they had to face some adversity,” Centennial coach Kyle Geller said. “They didn’t panic when it was close at halftime. They could have unraveled thinking what was going on. They stayed calm and executed.”
The victory gave the Spartans (9-1, 7-1) outright possession of second place in the district and they will host Dallas Kimball at 7:30 p.m. Friday at BISD Stadium.
“It feels good to get to host a playoff game,” Geller said. “It’s been a really good year. We are really hoping that we can do something in the playoffs.”
Centennial pulled away from the Cougars (0-8, 0-7) thanks to special teams play.
On the opening kickoff of the second half, Centennial’s Chris Mosley fielded the kick at the Spartans 19 and 21 seconds later he crossed into the end zone completing a highlight reel 81-yard kickoff return.
Mosley caught the ball on the right hash and headed left, later he zigged back right across the field where he broke several tackles and finally hit the far sideline and cruised into the end zone.
“That was something else,” Geller said. “I looked up at the scoreboard and that play took 21 seconds. It was like running a 200-meter race.”
Up 28-14, Centennial’s forced a fumble at the Cougars 10. Two plays later, Jeff Kervin scored from four-yards out giving the Spartans a 35-14 lead with 11:04 to play in the third quarter.
Centennial has the final week of the season off before opening the playoffs. The Spartans will head in the post-season on a seven-game winning streak. The nine regular-season wins match the best regular season total in school history. In 2016, Centennial posted nine regular season wins.
Seguin put up a fight thanks to the play of quarterback Mykelti Carelock. The senior was making his first start at quarterback this season.
It wasn’t the first time Carelock caused trouble for the Spartans’ defense. In 2016, as a sophomore Carelock ran for three touchdowns and combined for 385 yards of offense as Centennial held on for a 31-27 win.
“He’s something else,” Geller said. “We just couldn’t tackle him at times and he’d run around and find the open guy.”
Friday night, Carelock ran for 137 yards on 20 carries and threw for 182 yards and a touchdown.
The Spartans took a 7-0 on their first possession when Kyle Burns scored on a one-yard run.
Seguin answered back with a two-yard scoring run by Jalen March that cut the lead to 7-6.
Centennial went up 21-7 thanks to back-to-back scoring runs of 15 and 21 yards by Jaylon Jackson. The junior finished the game as the Spartans leading rusher with nine carries for 149 yards.
The Cougars then sliced the lead to 21-14 with 1:08 to play in the second quarter when Carelock hit Kevante Simmons for a 53-yard score. Seguin then forced a fumble with 59 seconds left before halftime but the Spartans defense held.
Centennial then scored quickly in the second half to push its lead to 35-14.
The Spartans final touchdowns of the regular season came on a seven-yard run by Burns and a six-yard scamper by Hank Meyer.
Seguin scored on the final play of the game when Carelock raced into the end zone from five yards out.
“What happened tonight is better than going in there and blowing them out early,” Geller said. “It was good to have a game like that where you had to work for it.”