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Centennial coasts into Sunset semifinal matchup with Arbor View

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Centennial’s quarterback Austin Turley steps back for a pass during their game against Arbor View at Centennial High School in Las Vegas on Friday, September 21, 2012. Arbor View took the game 31-18.

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Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer recount their experience coaching the Las Vegas All-Star team against Findlay Prep in basketball and move on to football talk in the 11th Prep Sports Now of the year.

Watch out for the Centennial offense.

The Bulldogs are starting to move the ball with authority, as evidenced by their 59-21 victory over Durango in the Sunset Regional quarterfinals Saturday night.

“This was the best we’ve played all year,” Centennial coach Leon Evans said. “We’re finally getting all of our kids healthy, and a big part of it was having the best week of practice we’ve had.”

Durango put up more of a fight, at least in terms of scoring, than it did when these two teams met earlier this season and Centennial won 31-0.

The Trailblazers scored on a flea flicker to go up 7-0 on the first play of the game. Marcus Williams also broke a 75-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

But Durango couldn’t keep up with Centennial’s scoring pace. Few teams could have on this night.

The Bulldogs had 560 total yards of offense. Senior quarterback Austin Turley completed 17 of 23 passes for 264 yards. His favorite targets were junior Lantz Worthington, who had 96 yards, and senior Chris Rodriguez, who had 64 yards.

Workhorse senior running back Coby Newton added 188 rushing yards on 18 carries. Centennial gets the rematch it’s chomping at the bit for in the next round of the playoffs with a trip to Arbor View. The Aggies beat the Bulldogs 31-18 earlier in the season.

“We’re excited for this one,” Evans said. “We didn’t show up very well the first time we played them. We will at least show up this time.”

Case Keefer can be reached at 948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer.

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