• Centennial's Darrell Williams celebrates following an interceptionra during the Spartans' 34-7 season-ending loss in a Class 5A Division II Region II semifinal game at Southlake's Dragon Stadium Friday. BURLESON STAR/ANGELIQUE HAYS

Spartans stumble against Frisco Reedy

SOUTHLAKE — Just when it seemed momentum had shifted in Centennial’s favor Friday night, Mother Nature stepped in and provided a major buzzkill to the Spartans hopes.

Just one play after Centennial’s defense stopped Frisco Reedy on fourth-down, Spartans quarterback Kyle Burns hit slotback Chris Mosley for a 39-yard gain to the Lions 31.

Then a lightning strike delayed the game for one hour and 51 minutes with Reedy leading 20-7 with 4:18 left in the third quarter.

When the game resumed, the Spartans could never regain the momentum they had as the next three plays resulted in negative nine yards.

“We needed to score when we came out of the locker room after the delay and we went backward,” Centennial coach Kyle Geller said.

Reedy would add a pair of second-half scores to put the game away as the Lions defeated the Spartans, 34-7, in a Class 5A Division II Region II semifinal playoff game at Dragon Stadium.

“We didn’t execute well offensively all night,” Geller said. “Some things are unexplainable and that’s just how I feel. Reedy is a good team. I wish we had played better but we didn’t.”

The loss ended the most successful season in Centennial history at 11-2. The 11 wins also equaled the most wins ever by a Burleson ISD team. Centennial’s second trip to the regional semifinals ended much the same as the first.

In 2015, the Spartans lost to Canyon Randall, 35-7. The loss also snapped a nine-game winning streak.

“I’m really proud of our boys,” Geller said. “They’re a great bunch of kids, some of the best I’ve ever coached. It was a great season. Considering the so-called experts didn’t even pick us to make the playoffs. I kind of rather enjoyed it.”

For Centennial to even be within striking distance in the second half was due to the play of Spartans defense in the first half.

Things didn’t go well for Centennial’s offense in the first half.

If it could wrong it did for the offense. The Spartans turned the ball over four times in the first half.

Even though Reedy threw a pair of interceptions in the first half, the Lions were able to score 17 points off the Spartans miscues and build a 20-0 halftime lead.

“That’s what happens when you turn the ball over four times,” Geller said. “It seemed like everything that could have gone wrong did. But you have to fight your way through that. I thought we did that for a little while in the second half.”

Trailing 3-0 after Centennial’s defense forced a 35-yard field goal by Reedy’s Will Harbour, the Spartans turned the ball over when Cooper Wilson intercepted a Kyle Burns pass.

The Lions took a 10-0 lead when Josh Foskey scored on a 6-yard run with 2:07 to play in the first quarter.

Centennial’s next possession lasted two plays when Burns lost a fumble at the Spartans 29. This time Centennial’s defense stopped Reedy and  Harbour kicked a 30-yard field goal that pushed the Lions lead to 13-0.

After Reedy forced a punt, the Lions needed just six plays to increase their lead to 20-0 when Harbor broke free for a 29-yard score on a fourth-and-four.

On its next possession, Centennial seemed to have achieved its initial first down of the game when Monte Johnson hauled in a pass over the middle but the Lions defense knocked the ball free and Cesar Sandoval recovered the fumble.

The Spartans defense returned the favor when Darrell Williams intercepted a deflected pass. The Spartans couldn’t take advantage as Mosley fumbled four plays later and Sandoval fell on the ball.

Trailing 20-0 to start the second half, Centennial’s offense clicked. Burns completed passes of 13 yards to Mosley and eight to Johnson before Jeff Kirven broke free up the middle for a 39-yard score that cut the Lions lead to 20-7 with 8:53 left in the third quarter.

Centennial’s defense got the offense the ball back with a fourth-down stop at the Spartans 34. But the ensuing drive stalled after the lightning delay.

After that, Reedy added 14 points thanks to a 1-yard run by Cameron Francis and a 15-yard pass from Foskey to Nolan Matthews.

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