Spartans, Eagles have history of wild games
Before a 34-0, win over Crowley last season, Centennial’s previous three games with the Eagles had been tight ones.
The series is tied 2-2 with the first three games being decided by 14 points, so at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Eagle Stadium there is no telling how the District 9-5A opener between the Spartans and Eagles will go.
“Last year, they were missing a couple of kids and it just got away from them,” Centennial coach Kyle Geller said. “They will be much better this year.”
Centennial enters the game 3-0 while Crowley is 2-1. The Eagles lone loss came at Mansfield Legacy, 44-26. Crowley has home win over Fort Worth Dunbar, 35-14, and Azle, 34-31.
Offensively, Crowley is led by junior quarterback Chris James (169 yards passing, 1 TD), who has made two starts. The Eagles running game is handled by Rodrick Williams (26 carries, 270 yards, 3 TDs) and Jamerian Biscoe (37-168, 1 TD). The top receivers are Jarel Miller (3 receptions, 81 yards, 1 TD) and Cameryn Kinney (5-78, 1 TD).
“Their quarterback is a year older and more experienced,” Geller said. “They have two running backs that can really fly and a pair of receivers that can go. We can’t get beat by the deep ball and we have to tackle soundly against them.”
Geller said the Eagles defense could be the most athletic unit they face this season. Crowley runs to the ball well and is physical when they get to the ball.
“What we can’t do on offense is turn the ball over,” Geller said. “When we have to play these guys that has been the biggest factor. Ball security will be a key.”
Being 3-0 coming into the game doesn’t mean anything to Geller.
“Nothing that happened before this week matters,” Geller said. “To me we are 0-0 before each game. If we were 0-3 we wouldn’t practice any harder than if we were 3-0.”
During the off-week before the game, Geller said the Spartans just tried to improve on a few things and get ready for Crowley.
“We just want to take care of our own business and let everything else take care of itself,” Geller said. “We need to play good fundamental football and we will be OK. This team has done some good things. They are adjusting well and learning.”
Centennial comes into the game with wins over Saginaw Boswell, White Settlement Brewer and Birdville.
This is the first time the Spartans have started the season with three consecutive victories.
The Spartans still need two more victories to match their longest winning streak in school history.
Centennial won five straight last season before losing in the playoffs.