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Worthington’s big run caps off Centennial rally against Legacy

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Centennial High School football players (from left) Toby Lopez, Josh Gray and Lantz Worthington before the 2013 season.

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Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer celebrate the start of the Sunrise Region playoffs with an all-encompassing look at the first round of games. Don't worry; they save time for discussion on Palo Verde vs. Arbor View and the Division 1-A quarterfinals

Centennial High football coach Leon Evans sensed there was something building as his team continued to rally from a 17-point deficit today against Legacy.

The comeback reached its crescendo when senior Lantz Worthington ripped a 91-yard touchdown run. The Bulldogs followed it up with a defensive stop, which led to a 28-17 victory over the Longhorns to give the Bulldogs a home playoff game next week..

“Once Lantz broke that (run) off, the energy continued to grow,” Evans said.

Centennial enters the Sunset Regional playoffs as the No. 2 seed, where it will host Shadow Ridge next Friday.

The Longhorns (6-3, 3-2 Sunset Southwest) dominated early on, jumping out to a 17-0 lead behind the legs of Casey Hughes and DeMichael Walker.

Centennial’s defense figured it out in the second half, limiting Hughes and Walker’s impact, allowing the Bulldogs (5-4, 4-1) to come back.

C.J. Thompson accounted for three touchdowns (2 rushing, 1 passing), including a 1-yard dive following a special teams fumble recovery on the Legacy one-yard line with five minutes to play to seal the game.

The win sets up a rematch between Centennial and Shadow Ridge. The teams played earlier this season with the Bulldogs prevailing, 40-7.

“They’re definitely going to have the revenge factor on their side,” Evans said.

Legacy will travel to Arbor View in the Sunset Region playoff quarterfinals.

Paul Delos Santos can be reached at 990-2416 or mail to [email protected] Follow Paul on Twitter at twitter.com/pauliedelos.

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