After beating Lucas 51-36 on Sept. 21 to avenge last year's 51-28 loss to the Cubs, the Centennial High School football team returns to league play Friday, Sept. 28, at East.
The Stars are 3-2 overall and 0-1 in the City-North Division. The Tigers fell to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the league with a 15-12 loss to Beechcroft on Sept. 21.
Beechcroft scored the winning points on a touchdown with 7:18 remaining. The Tigers were led by quarterback Deo-Samuel Pierre, who threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Michael Porter and a 75-yard scoring pass to Michael Hereford.
"East has athletes," said coach Donte Goosby, whose team won last year's meeting 63-27. "They can scary run. You blink your eyes and they're downfield fast. Northland was fast, but I think East is faster in some positions, although they don't have all the tools that Northland does. Lucas was very physical, so we're going the opposite direction this week."
Against Lucas, Jaylen Gilbert threw for 146 yards and a pair of touchdowns and rushed for 89 yards and two scores on seven carries. Luchene Davis had 133 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 13 carries.
"We put things together against Lucas," Goosby said. "It was important for us to make some big plays early for our confidence and momentum and we were able to do that. We put things together and proved we're much better than we were last year.
"This is our third year in this defense and we've developed players who are buying in. (Linebacker) Jamal Erby is making plays all over the field, in the backfield and downfield. He's a third-year guy and our most consistent player. We lost our most physical player, defensive end Khari Woods, to an ACL injury against Northland. Noah Hatem did a good job filling in there against Lucas.
"Lamont Rankins, Kelvin Gilliam and Justin Grimes also played well on the defensive line. We're going to move Grimes to an end and put Kevin Motley at tackle this week."