• Centennial’s Da’Quan Campbell, left, turned a one-handed interception into a 102-yard return for a touchdown Friday night against Arlington Seguin. Centennial defeated the Cougars, 35-10. BURLESON STAR/ROY HIATT

Spartans use big plays to down Arlington Seguin

On a night when the Centennial offense couldn’t get into a solid rhythm, the Spartans defense and special teams made pivotal plays.

The Spartans scored twice on returns to help defeat Arlington Seguin, 35-10, in a District 9-5A game Friday at Burleson ISD Stadium.

“Defense and special teams did a great job tonight,” Centennial coach Kyle Geller said. “Sometimes you are going to play games like this where you have to grind it out offensively and play great defense.”

The victory moved the Spartans (3-3, 2-1) into a tie for third place with Burleson (5-1, 2-1). Centennial faces the Elks Friday night in the annual Hall of Fame/Boot Game.

Following a fumble on the Spartans first possession, it seemed the Cougars (1-5, 0-3) were about to take a lead. But Da’Quan Campbell’s one-handed interception in the end zone turned into a 7-0 lead when Campbell returned the ball 102 yards for a score and 7-0 lead.

“Da’Quan is a player,” Geller said. “The thing about him is he just competes. He’s a good athlete and has really good skills.”

Seguin responded with a 31-yard field goal from Fransico Paddilla early in the second quarter followed by a 32-yard touchdown run by quarterback Joey Mahop.

The Spartans headed into halftime with a 14-10 lead when Chris Mosely scored on a 15-yard run. Later Kyle Burns hit Mosley for a 22-yard touchdown that pushed the Spartans lead to 21-7.

The Cougars had a chance to cut into the Spartans lead on the final play of the first half, but Padilla’s 39-yard field goal attempt clanged off the left upright.

The Spartans’ special teams got into the act late in the third quarter when Blake Murphy blocked a 38-yard field goal attempt. Mosley scooped up the block, returning it 64 yards for a score and 28-10 lead.

“That was one of the key plays of the game along with Campbell’s interception return,” Geller said.

Centennial’s defense kept the Cougars’ offense in check in the second half to maintain the 18-point lead. In the waning minutes, Centennial’s Hunter Prescher scored from 23 yards out for the final touchdown of the game.

The Spartans offense rushed for a pedestrian 231 yards on 42 carries Friday night. Jaylon Jackson was Centennial’s top rusher, carrying four times for 64 yards. He also caught a pass for 12 yards. Mosely had a good night running for one score and catching a pass for another. The junior carried six times for 46 yards and nabbed three passes for 40 yards.

“We have to have a much better rhythm moving forward offensively,” Geller said. “Hopefully, we will just try to get better each week.”


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