Luchene Davis scored three touchdowns on his first three carries and C.J. Dean intercepted two passes on the first two possessions as the Centennial football team rolled to a 55-7 win at Whetstone on Nov. 1.
The Stars improved to 9-1 overall and finished 6-0 in the City League-North Division, winning their first league title outright. According to joeitel.com, they also clinched a playoff spot in Division III, Region 11 – their first playoff berth in school history.
Whetstone finished 3-7 overall and 3-3 in the City-North.
“I knew this was going to happen,” Davis said. “As soon as the offseason started, we hit the weight room. I saw the guys coming and working and taking it seriously. It feels great to have a team like this. You couldn’t have a better team than this.”
Dean intercepted Whetstone quarterback Alex Hurd on the game’s first possession and Davis scored from 40 yards out on the next play to give the Stars a 7-0 lead with 9 minutes, 59 seconds left in the first quarter.
Dean intercepted Hurd again on the Braves’ second possession and one play later Davis scored on a 23-yard run.
“The (defensive) line was there and put pressure on the quarterback,” Dean said. “(Coach Donte) Goosby had us in the film room watching and I saw it coming from the beginning. When (Hurd) went out, he threw it right to me and I just took a chance. It was a great start. It was a great feeling to come out and get two picks and touchdowns. It meant a lot.”
“(Dean is) a master of the flats,” Goosby said. “I thought about four weeks ago that he was playing all-district-level football at outside linebacker. He did the same thing tonight. He did his read-step and got a good read and reacted.”
Hurd took a backward pass from Rashaun Broomfield and heaved a pass to Gabriel Jordan for a 53-yard touchdown to cut Whetstone’s deficit to 21-7 with less than a second left in the first quarter.
Whetstone had a chance to get closer. Facing second-and-goal from the 5, Darric McClinton was tackled by Davis for a 10-yard loss and Hurd was sacked by Davis on the next play for another 10-yard loss. The series ended with a missed 42-yard field-goal attempt by Joren Clem.
Davis recovered a fumble at Whetstone’s 19 in the final minute of the half that turned into a touchdown when Jaylen Gilbert found Syquee Womack for a 19-yard score with no time left on the clock. Gilbert converted the two-point conversion with a run to give the Stars a 29-7 lead at halftime.
Womack had 94 yards receiving on three catches.
Davis added scoring runs of 26, 14 and 11 yards to finish with 202 yards and six touchdowns on 16 carries.
“I couldn’t have scripted a better night for him,” Goosby said of Davis. “He worked hard all week prepping to have a big night tonight. It was vintage Luchene Davis. He put the team on his back and went out there and made good plays on offense and defense.”
Centennial’s Tyreek Gunnell added 97 yards rushing on six carries, including an 8-yard run in the fourth quarter to cap the scoring.
==========Team 1 2 3 4 Final CENTENNIAL 21 8 20 6 55 WHETSTONE
7 0 0 0 7
C – Davis 40 run (Ali kick)
C – Davis 23 run (Ali kick)
C – Davis 4 run (Ali kick)
W – Jordan 53 pass from Hurd (Clem kick)
C – Womack 19 pass from Gilbert (Gilbert run)
C – Davis 26 run (Ali kick)
C – Davis 14 run (kick failed)
C – Davis 11 run (Ali kick)
C – Gunnell 8 run (kick failed)