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Centennial rolls through Cimarron-Memorial, setting up Gorman showdown

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Centennial football players Coby Newton, Chris Johnson, Trajan Pili and Austin Turley Thursday, July 26, 2012.

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Centennial coach Leon Evans has told his kids, like all coaches do, to take it one game at a time. Well, now that Centennial is past Cimarron-Memorial with a 34-14 victory Friday night the kids can focus on the opponent that’s been hard to ignore all season: Bishop Gorman.

“I’m excited for our kids,” Evans said. “Not too many people can say they play a top-25 team on a regular basis.”

Gorman easily won on Friday and will travel to Centennial this week for a matchup between the league’s top two teams. Against Cimarron-Memorial, senior Coby Newton rushed for 197 yards and one touchdown on 22 carries. He’ll need another performance like that this week to help give his team a chance against the Gaels.

Evans said he’s not going to talk much about winning and losing this week because the odds anyone in the league can take down Gorman are very small. Centennial’s players certainly have a different idea about that, and the most important thing is they play like that on Friday.

“We just want to see out kids go out there and compete,” Evans said.

Taylor Bern can be reached at 948-7844 or [email protected]. Follow Taylor on Twitter at twitter.com/taylorbern.

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