Spartans fall in three overtimes to Brewer
The string finally ran out on Centennial Friday night in third overtime.
After scoring in both the first and second overtime, the Spartans couldn’t get the job done as they lost to White Settlement Brewer, 41-35, at Brewer Bear Stadium.
“A game like that kind of leaves you speechless at times,” Centennial coach Kyle Geller said. “We just can’t seem to get out of our own way at times. That’s something we have to correct. We have to learn how not to lose before we can win.”
Spartan senior slot back Kelton Tezeno scored twice in overtime on runs of 25 and 11 yards. But in the third overtime, Centennial couldn’t move the ball. Facing a fourth-and-22, Kyle Burns last-ditch heave down the field was intercepted.
Brewer (2-1) struggle on its possession, but was able to overcome a third-and-16 with a 17-yard game-winning scoring toss from Carson Ingram to Jahard Taylor. It was the second overtime scoring strike to Taylor. The Bears other overtime score was a 19-yard run by Christian Calton.
“We have to do a better job of giving ourselves a chance to win,” Geller said. “It comes down to focus, technique and paying attention to details. That starts in practice. When you do it in practice over and over, you don’t have those kind of mistakes in a game. I have to do a good job of coaching them better in practice. We have to practice better on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.”
The Spartans have the week off before opening District 9-5A play Sept. 29 at home against Crowley.
“In the bye week we are going to have to work on ourselves, not Crowley,” Geller said.
Tezeno had a big night for the Spartans (1-2). The senior ran for three scores while carrying 12 times for 186 yards.
Brewer led 14-7 at halftime as the Bears scored on a 15-yard run by Calton and a 14-yard pass from Ingram to Jaidyn Cartwright. For Brewer, Ingram completed 16 of 27 passes for 163 yards and three scores. Calton carried 21 times for 126 yards and three scores.
After scoring on its first possession, Centennial struggled the rest of the first half. Tezeno tied the game on a 37-yard run, however, things soured after that.
The next three possessions resulted in a three-and-out, a fumble and missed 24-yard field goal as time expired. The Spartans’ final drive of the first half reached the Brewer 1 with one second to play. Centennial lined up to go for a possible game-tying score, but after a delay of game penalty, the Spartans opted for a field goal. The kick hit the crossbar and bounced back into the field of play.
“That was a big stop for them,” Geller said. “We have to be better on short-yardage situations. We have some things to iron out as coaches and that starts with me.”
Centennial came out firing offensively in the second half turning to its outside running game for big yards.
The Spartans tied the game 14-14 on 5-yard run by Burns with 5:12 to play in the third quarter. The run capped a 13-play, 75-yard drive. Centennial followed that with an 8-play, 80-yard drive to take the lead at 21-14. After
Burns completed a 43-pass to Wellington Bridges on third-and-12, he found the end zone three plays later on a 1-yard run.
Brewer answered with a 13-play, 81-yard drive to tie the game with 5:11 to play when Calton scored on a 1-yard run.
Centennial’s next two possessions tallied 15 yards in eight plays and ended with punts. Brewer couldn’t move the ball either and the game ended regulation tied at 21-21.
“We had a chance to put them away and we didn’t,” Geller said. “We got the ball to some guys who did a good job with it. But I have to do a better job of eliminating the mistakes we have.”