Spartans run past Dallas Kimball, 70-12
Centennial’s fifth consecutive trip to the playoffs got off to a good start Friday night as the Spartans drilled Dallas Kimball, 70-12, in a Class 5A Division II Region II bi-district playoff game at Burleson ISD Stadium.
The Spartans (10-1) scored on their first nine possessions to register their third opening-round win in the history of the program. It was Centennial’s first playoff win at home.
Centennial will take on Corsicana (9-2) in an area-round playoff game at 7:30 Friday at Burleson ISD Stadium. The game will be a rematch of both teams season-opener. Centennial won the game, 28-26.
The win marked the Spartans first playoff win since Centennial defeated Mansfield Timberview, 49-23, in a bi-district game in 2016. The last time the Spartans had a regular season rematch in the playoffs, Centennial defeated Saginaw Boswell, 28-10, in 2015. Boswell won in the regular season, 41-38, in double overtime.
The Spartans used their running game to deck the Knights (8-3). Centennial gained 540 yards on the ground on 40 carries and scored eight touchdowns. Centennial averaged 13.5 yards per carry.
Junior fullback Jeff Kirven had a huge night scoring on runs of 46, 1, 25 and 67 yards. Kirven carried 10 times for 176 yards and averaged 17.6 yards per attempt.
The fullback position dominated in the Spartans triple-option attack. Five Spartan fullbacks carried the ball and finished with 22 carries for 381 yards and five scores. They averaged 1873 yards per carry.
Fullback Zionn Abadio carried five times for 122 yards. The junior scored on a one-yard run and broke off runs of 63 and 43 yards. Junior Slot back Jaylon Jackson found the end zone on runs of 12 and 46 yards. Jackson ran for 89 yards on four carries.
The Spartans also threw for a pair of scores. Starting quarterback Kyle Burns connected with Chris Mosely for a 62-yard score and backup Hank Meyer hit Shamar Patterson for an 11-yard touchdown.
Hunter Prescher might be the Spartans version of a Swiss Army Knife. The senior who holds on kicks, serves as a personal protector on punts and is a backup quarterback converted a point-after kick and then scored later on an eight-yard run.
Starting kicker Ben Harwell remained perfect this season on point-after kicks. Harwell hit all nine attempts Friday night
Centennial’s defense returned to its stingy ways against Kimball. The Knights finished with 157 yards of offense on 48 plays. Kimball averaged 3.3 yards per play.