BRENTWOOD — Centennial flexed its muscle in a battle of Region 7-5A unbeatens Friday night, shutting down the host Bruins 24-10.
The Cougars (7-1, 5-0 Region 7-5A) struck first, taking their opening drive down the field for a Mondu Sawyers 10-yard touchdown run.
The Cougars controlled the first half, keeping the ball 16 minutes while playing physical defense on their way to a 10-0 halftime lead. But the Bruins (4-4, 4-1) also played tough defense to stay in the game. A third-quarter field goal made it 10-3.
However, a blocked punt for a score by Nick Bell in the third quarter pushed Centennial’s lead to 17-3.
Cougars running back Tyrel Dodson then connected with Ra’Sean McLemore on a 5-yard TD strike early in the fourth to all but put the game away.
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“We competed well and played hard. We just made some mistakes that we weren’t able to overcome,” Brentwood coach Ron Crawford said.
Crawford’s squad cut it to a two-touchdown deficit in the fourth quarter when quarterback Carson Croy scored on a 16-yard run. The Cougars were able to put the game away behind Sawyers and the offensive line.
“This was a solid performance (but) we can be better,” said Sawyers.
Said Centennial coach Brian Rector: “Hats off to the Brentwood Bruins. Their effort surpassed ours. But we were able to make a few plays.”