Spartans running game batters Granbury
After last week’s loss to Burleson, Centennial’s football team found itself in a must-win situation facing Granbury on homecoming.
The Spartans played a near perfect game Friday night in a 51-20 District 9-5A win over Granbury at Burleson ISD Stadium.
Centennial coach Kyle Geller said the victory over Granbury was “like therapy.”
With the win, Centennial (4-4, 3-2) took a huge step toward clinching a playoff berth. A win Friday at Joshua will just about wrap up a playoff berth.
“I told our team that this is the game of our lives,” Geller said. “If we beat Granbury and then Joshua, I think we are in the playoffs. It was big game for us.”
In a big switch, Centennial didn’t put the ball on the ground and didn’t commit a turnover.
The Spartans running game did the damage Friday night, scoring all seven touchdowns. Centennial rushed for 365 yards on 53 carries. The Spartans did not produce a 100-yard rusher on the night.
Centennial had seven runners finish with over 35 yards rushing on the night.
“(Quarterback) Kyle Burns executed the offense really well,” Geller said. “We played a pretty clean game. This is a game that we can build off.”
Kelton Tezeno led all Spartans with 67 yards on seven carries. Kyle Burns rushed for 60 yards on 17 attempts and two scores. Kevan Romero had a touchdown run and rushed for 59 yards on nine attempts, and Chris Mosely carried five times for 58 yards and one touchdown.
Darrell Williams ran for 46 yards and s touchdown on seven carries. Jaylon Jackson scored once and rushed for 41 yards on four carries. David Robinson finished with a touchdown of 37 yards.
Things got off to a good start for the Spartans as Jaylon Jackson found the end zone on a 13-yard run for a 7-0 score, and Kyle Burns added a five-yard run for a 14-0 first quarter lead.
When Granbury running back Kyle Williams broke free for a 63-yard score it seemed the Spartans might be in another shoot out.
But Granbury couldn’t add another score in the first half, while the Spartans scored nine points.
Burns put the Spartans up 20-7 when he found the end zone from five yards out. Centennial kicker Ben Harwell put his team up 23-6 when he hit his longest field goal of the year a 37-yard kick.
The Pirates closed the gap 23-12 on the opening drive of the first half when quarterback Kevin Moore hit Zack McCreight for a 29-yard score on fourth down.
Centennial put the game away, scoring on three of its next four possessions.
Romero scored on an eight-yard run, then Williams and Mosely each scored on 10-yard runs.
Granbury’s final score came on another fourth-down play, when backup quarterback Clayton Jones hit Blake Jones for a 37-yard score that cut the lead to 44-20.
Robinson, in his first action of the season at quarterback, hit pay dirt on a 37-yard run to close out the scoring.
“The defense played really well,” Geller said. “They gave the offense good field position all night. I was pleased with the way we shut down the run. By far our most complete game of the year.”