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    The Blue team’s Matiroyn Easley tries to bring down the Black squad’s Chris Moseley during Centennial’s spring game Friday night. BURLESON STAR/JASON MCGEE

Defense catches Geller’s eye

For the first time since the inception of the football program at Centennial, the Spartans weren’t able to hold a true spring game this season.

Friday night’s spring game was more like a controlled scrimmage with the first-team offense facing the first-team defense and the second-teamers doing the same with the junior varsity offense and defense thrown into the mix.

Centennial football coach Kyle Geller prefers splitting up the squads and playing a game but this season a lack of depth didn’t allow that format to be used.

Despite the spring game limitations, Geller liked what he saw Friday night.

“It went alright,” Geller said. “The main thing is that no one got hurt. So in that sense things went well.”

The play of the defense drew most of Geller’s praise.

The Spartans flew to the ball all night and when they got to the ball they made good tackles.

But Geller pointed out that their tackling could improve.

”I was pretty happy with the defense,” Geller said. “I thought overall they played well. We have to improve our tackling and the only way to do that is tackle more.”

Geller couldn’t recall the score but the defense topped the offense in the game. The scoring was dictated by more than just regular scoring.

The Spartans will scrimmage at Waco at 7 p.m. on Aug. 23. The Spartans open the season at home at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 30 against Corsicana. That game will be the first for Tigers new head coach Hal Wasson.

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