Spartans topple Birdville, 14-13
HURST – With 23 seconds play, Centennial’s Kelton Tezeno came free around the corner and blocked a possible game-winning as the Spartans defeated Birdville, 14-13, at the Birdville ISD FAAC Friday night.
It was a big moment for the Spartans special teams that had a rough outing in a loss to Saginaw Boswell last week and had botched several plays earlier in the game.
It was the Spartans second kick block of the game. In the third quarter, Centennial blocked a point-after attempt with Birdville took a 13-7 lead.
Centennial (1-1) plays its final non-district game Friday at White Settlement Brewer. Birdville (0-2) suffered its second one-point loss this season.
After getting pushed around at times in the first half, Centennial’s defense played much better in the seconds half. Linebackers Jacob Jackson and Blake Murphy had big games as the Spartans’ defensive front line.
In the first half, Jackson made an acrobatic catch to halt a Birdville possession in Spartans’ territory. Murphy had a big stop on third-and-two that forced a punt and lineman Mazen Richards had a big sack.
The defense halted the Hawks’ last drive at Centennial 18 before Tezeno’s block.
Centennial coach Kyle Geller turned to junior quarterback Kyle Burns and Hunter Prescher Friday night.
Prescher engineered the Spartans second quarter scoring drive and Burns put together Centennial’s third quarter scoring drive.
After Birdville took a 7-0 lead on a 28-yard touchdown pass from Skylar Noble to Dylan Sterling in the second quarter, the Spartans answered on their next possession.
Prescher put together a 13-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a five-yard touchdown pass from Prescher to Wellington Bridges with 10 seconds left before halftime. On the march, Prescher converted a third-and-seven with a 15-yard screen pass to Darrell Williams. On his first carry as Spartan Chris Mosely ran for 18 yards to Birdville 5 on fourth-and-four. Prescher threw his touchdown pass.
Birdville took advantage of a Centennial fumble on the opening kickoff of the second half to take a 13-7 lead. The Hawks needed five plays to break the 7-7 tie. Noble scored from a yard out but the point-after attempt was blocked.
Hawks’ running back Damian Morrell carried 16 times for 94 yards including a 20-yard run on the scoring drive.
Centennial answered as Burns led a seven-play, 75-yard drive to take the Spartans’ first lead of the game at 14-13. Facing a third-and-six at the Birdville 36, Burns hit Da’Quan Campbell for a 31-yard gain to the Birdville 6. Three plays later, Burns scored from a yard out.
Burns, who started the game, carried 13 times for 89 yards. Darrell Williams rushed for 58 yards on 10 attempts. Prescher completed two of three passes for 20 yards and a score.