Football | Week 1 Preview
Centennial at Grandview
Centennial opens its season Friday, Aug. 30, at Grandview.
Centennial also opened last season against the Bobcats, losing 42-20 en route to finishing 1-9.
Grandview, which went 5-5 last year, returns four starters on offense in quarterback Nick Schopis, tight end Tim Murphy and running backs Phil Readey and Joe Pinney.
Last season, Schopis was 105-for-222 passing for 1,271 yards with nine touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He also is the top returning rusher with 291 yards and four touchdowns on 66 carries.
Pinney ran for 182 yards and one touchdown on 35 carries last season, with Readey rushing for 89 yards and one score on 21 attempts and Murphy finishing with 15 catches for 225 yards.
Centennial's 3-4 base defense returns only three starters in Kenny Lambert (nose guard), Darsean Watts (linebacker) and Noah Martin (end).
Having returned seven starters, the Stars are looking to have a more balanced offense this season. Among the Stars' key players on offense are junior quarterback Jeremy Johnson and senior tight end Jirequez Fair-Harris, both of whom were honorable mention all-City-North last year.