Spartans surge past Corsicana, 34-21, in second half
Centennial junior quarterback Hank Meyer showed nerves of steel twice Friday night running the Spartans triple-option attack in a 34-21 non-district win over Corsicana.
Twice Meyer found himself being tackled and each time he was able to flip the ball to the waiting hands of senior slotback Jaylon Jackson. From there, Jackson did the rest, scoring on runs of 12 and 17 yards.
“I thought Hank played well,” Centennial coach Kyle Geller said. “We didn’t have any turnovers and he threw the ball well. He did well in the option.”
Meyer also added a pair of scores with runs of 2 and 1 yards to help the Spartans go to 1-0 this season.
Centennial returns to action at 7:30 p.m. Friday against Denison at Munson Stadium. It is the Spartans last non-district game.
Friday, the Yellow Jackets blasted arch-rival Sherman, 35-7, in the team’s annual “Battle of the Ax.” It marked the 121st time the school’s have meet. Last year, Centennial outlasted Denison, 52-49.
Corsicana (0-1) came into the game with a chip on its shoulder having lost twice to Centennial last season including a season-ending loss in the second round of the playoffs.
The Tigers fell behind 13-0 in the first quarter on scoring runs by Jackson and Meyer.
But Corsicana was able to tie things up in the third quarter at 13-13 thanks to a pair of touchdown passes by sophomore quarterback Solomon James. In the second quarter, James found Drew Denbow for a 44-yard score. Denbow caught two passes for 73 yards and a score.
Then with 7:53 to play in the third quarter, James tied things up thanks to a 19-yard scoring toss Lane Fuentes. On the night, Fuentes caught seven passes for 160 yards and a touchdown.
The Spartans jumped out to a 13-0 first-quarter lead on a 12-yard touchdown run by Jackson and a 2-yard score from Meyer.
With 7:53 to play in the third quarter, the Tigers (1-0) tied the game at 13-13 on a 19-yard pass from James to Lane Fuentes.
Things weren’t tied for long as Centennial reeled off three scores to put the game away.
Three plays after the Tigers tied the game, Jackson took a pitch from Meyer and raced in for a 17-yard score. Centennial extended its lead to 27-13 with 2:32 to play in the third quarter on a 1-yard run by Meyer.
In the fourth quarter, Chris Mosley closed out Centennial’s scoring with a 4-yard run for a 34-13 lead.
“We responded well when they tied thing up,” Geller said. “We didn’t cave. We bowed our necks and marched on.”
The Spartans finished the game with 211 yards rushing on 47 carries. Jackson carried 11 times for 67 yards. Fullback Jeff Kervin ran for 56 yards on 13 attempts and Meyer tallied 46 yards rushing on 16 attempts.
James, the son of former Baylor quarterback Odell James, had a big night for the Tigers and their new coach Hal Wasson. James completed 15 of 25 passes for 379 yards and three scores. His last scoring strike came late in the game when he hit Qua Chambers for a 35-yard score.
Geller said praised the Spartans defense which forced five turnovers in the win.
“They saved our rear ends,” Geller said.
Even with the win, Geller said the Spartans played sloppily.
“It was a good win,” Geller said. “But there are a lot of things we need to improve on if we want to win next week.”