Spartans drop season-opener to Boswell, 39-28
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 three-game Centennial winning streak in the five-game series that included one playoff game.
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 (1-0) 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 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.
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.
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 at the Birdville FAAC at 7:30 p.m.