Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009 | midnight
Centennial’s Willie White had a 50-yard interception return for a touchdown in the game’s final minute to seal the Bulldogs 41-31 victory against Faith Lutheran.
Centennial (1-2) trailed 17-13 at halftime, but got second half touchdowns from Steven Wicker and Javanh Sanders in rallying. Wicker scored on an 80-yard screen pass from Chris Henderson, who passed for 210 yards.
“It’s seems like we have been playing catch-up all season,” Centennial coach George Baker said. “For some reason, we can’t get up for a game in the first half. But I’m real happy with how the kids hung in there.”
Centennial could not contain Faith Lutheran’s passing attack and receiver Don Pearson, who had 12 receiptions for 237 yards and two touchdowns.
“Faith Lutheran is a good team,” Baker said. “They will surprise some people. They played us tough.”
Faith Lutheran, which is in its first year of competing in the large-school classification, nearly recorded its first win of the season. In the end, however, they didn’t have the depth to match Centennial.
“We just ran out of gas,” Faith Lutheran coach Jake Kothe said.
“We showed we have a lot of good football players on this team. We just came up short.”
John Cartier had an 82-yard kickoff return for a touchdown for Faith Lutheran.