Tag: Brian Johnson

Centennial Football Plays Rival Mount Hebron

Photos: Izzie Chausse

Words: Michael Moore

On Friday, September 11, the Centennial football team traveled north of Rt. 40 to take on rival Mount Hebron in one of the most anticipated games of the year.

The first quarter was tied at zero until an interception deep in Mount Hebron territory gave the Eagles great field position. A few plays later, junior quarterback Matt Shoenberger found senior Kyle Taylor for the first touchdown of the game. The Eagles’ sideline blew up and the crowd was given new life.

In the second quarter, the Eagles held onto their lead as long as they could, but Mount Hebron found the end zone with a little under eight minutes left in the half.

The game was tied until the Eagles defense made a great play deep in their own territory and pinned Hebron back near their goal line. On the ensuing punt, the Eagles blocked the ball, and recovered it in the end zone for the leading touchdown.

The extra point snap was too high for the holder and the Eagles walked into halftime leading 13-7.

The second half started with Hebron receiving the ball. The Eagles made a defensive stand but couldn’t get the ball into the end zone during their next possession. Hebron ended up finding the end zone and they took a one point lead going into the final quarter.

In the fourth quarter, the Eagles suffered a major loss. Shoenberger was leaving the pocket when he was tackled hard from behind. He was taken to the sideline, and left the game with a broken collarbone.

So, it was left to quarterbacks Cameron Neilon, a senior, and Michael Klein, a junior. Klein came in late to the game and tried to get the offense to generate plays. However, the Vikings made a stand and escaped with a one point win.

Seniors David Phelps, Miguel Almeida, Austin Kraisser, and Brian Johnson all played very well and gave it their all. Junior Mason Smith also played a nice game for the Eagles. Their next game is against Oakland Mills on September 18 at home.


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The Opening Centennial Football Game’s Results and Pictures

Photos: Corey Grable

Words: Michael Moore

On Friday, September 5th, the Centennial football team took the field for an opening night battle against the visiting Reservoir Gators.

The opening kickoff put the Gators back by their own goal-line thanks to an impressive play by sophomore Justin Taylor. The Gators had the ball for the majority of the first quarter. They were penalized countless times and held the ball for almost eight minutes.

The Centennial defense finally got a stop, forcing a turnover on downs at the four minute mark. However, the defense’s break was short lived as the Eagles turned it over on the very first play. Reservoir took advantage of the excellent field position and scored the first touchdown of the game.

The score was 7-0 going into the second quarter, but that didn’t hold very long. The Gators scored on the very first play of the quarter to increase their lead by another 7 points. The visiting offense seemed to be gaining yards fairly easy at that point. About 4 minutes after their latest touchdown, the Gators went to the air to pick up their next 7 points, and then scored again on a quarterback sneak 4 minutes later. At the half, the Gators were up 27-0.

The 2nd half was more of the same for both teams, but the Eagles continued to fight admirably with all they had. Senior Kody Clark, and juniors David Phelps, Brian Johnson and Darius Baker along with the rest of the defense would not go away without a fight. They would not give up on any play and put their all into the game. However, the Eagle’s offense couldn’t get any momentum and the visitors found the end zone on a pitch out in the third quarter to tack on more points, and extend the lead to 34-0.

The fourth quarter resulted in another touchdown for the Gators, which would be the final time either team scored in the game. The final result was 42-0 in favor of the Gators. However, the Eagles have lots to build on and will look to improve on that.