Thoughts: Well ladies and germs, I gotta tell you this was the finest exhibition of football I’ve seen in a good long while. Thanks to everyone who read. I didn’t count on the out-of-staters showing up! Glad we could help out. Both teams showed up to play, there were athletes everywhere on the field and it was, simply put, great football. The Spartans eeked out the win with the help of a few big plays by Blair Wishom down the stretch and big plays by Travis Carrie all game long. If you want to truly “get” what it meant for Carrie to play as big as he did, go to our archive and find the feature my partner in crime Chace did on the kid. What a story. Anyway, we’re in the midst of filing different things for tomorrow’s paper so if I were you, I’d pick up a copy tomorrow. Also, before I go, a big thanks to Ari Soglin back in the Bay Area and to Mr. CFL himself for helping me out in the fourth quarter. Guys, it was nuts around here but we had a hell of a time. One more thing. Check out the photos baby!
Fourth quarter (DLS drive): Carrie run to the 8. First and goal. Carrie carries to the 4. 2nd and goal. Carrie loses 2. 3rd and goal. 32 sec. remaining. GAME OVER: De La Salle wins 37-31.Fourth quarter (Cent. drive): Ball on the Cent. 18 after a block in the back on the punt. Scott pass inc. 2nd down. Posey drops a pass. 3rd down. Pass intercepted by Blair Wishom. DLS ball with 1:52 left.
Fourth quarter (DLS drive): Drive starts on the DLS 35. Blair Wishom was Johnny-on-the-spot right there. What a tackle. Wayne with a 2-yard loss on his option run. 2nd and 12 from the 33. Butler a gain of three and it’ll be 3rd and 9 from the 36. Timeout Centennial. Pass by MacG incomplete. Czyz to punt. Offside on Cent. Czyz still to punt. Punt.
Fourth quarter (Cent. drive): Drive starts on the Cent. 29. Bass 2 run. 2nd down. Scott breaks a 32 yard run. 1st down from the DLS 37. False start. Ball on the DLS 42. Scott 2 run. 2nd and 13. Shovel for 2 yards. Scott scrambles for 8 yards and that brings up 4th and 2 from the DLS 30. Centennial has to have this. Timeout DLS. Blair Wishom stuffs Bass’s option run left and DLS gets the ball back.
Fourth quarter (DLS drive): The Spartans are lost right now. Bass and Scott are dancing on their heads on offense and the DLS offense isn’t doing much. This is going to come down to who wants it more. Coincidentally, it’s quite loud in the Home Depot Center right now. Touchback. Ball on the 20. Butler a 3 yard gain on 1st down. 2nd and 7 from the 23. Pass from MacG to Perio. 1st down and a F mask. Ball on 42. Pica 3 yd run. Pass by MacG incomplete brings up 3rd and 7 from the DLS 45. Pass to Czyz for a first down on the Cent. 43. Pica run and a face mask to the 26. Butler with a one-yard gain. Ball on the Cent. 25. MacG drills a pass to Perio who busts in for the touchdown. 25 yard TD and Czyz will kick the longer PAT. Kick is no good. Wide right Score: DLS 37, Centennial 31 5:09 left in the game.
Fourth quarter (Cent. drive): A pass from Beasley back to Scott gets the Huskies downfield. 4th and 1 upcoming. Bass a carry for 2 and its 1st and 10 from the DLS 14. A run by Scott and a run by Bass get the ball down to the DLS 3. 1st and goal Centennial. Bass plunges in from 3 yards out and this game is tied. Score: DLS 31, Centennial 31
Fourth quarter (DLS drive, cont.): DLS has a 2nd and 8 from its own 22. Butler with a couple big runs and DLS has it on its own 48. Pica with another first down run but its negated by a hold. Wayne pass is picked off by LB Shelly Lyons. Centennial ball.
END OF THREE QUARTERS: De La Salle 31, Centennial 24
Third quarter (DLS drive): Touchback on the kickoff. With 14 seconds remaining, the Spartans will have time to run one play before the end of the quarter. Butler with the carry and he gets two down to the 22. That’s it for the third quarter.
Touchdown thoughts: Centennial is in command right now. DLS is shaken but I get the sense the Spartans aren’t quite done scoring. Still, they haven’t been able to stop Matt Scott this half. This is getting very interesting.
Third quarter (Centennial drive): Kick taken by Marvray and Centennial will have great field position. The Huskies start on their own 48. Bass on the carry. Ball to the 49 and its 2nd and 9. Scott on play action but he’s taken down immediately by Xavier Vigney. 3rd and 7 from the DLS 49. Scott on the keeper and he got racked by Garaventa. Centennial will go for it on 4th and 5 from the 47. Reverse to Marsel Posey and he’s got a first down. 1st and 10 from the 37. Bass for three yards, tackled by Amack. 2nd and 7 from the 34. Playaction to Ricky Marvray and he’s in for the score. PAT by Romaine is good. Score: DLS 31, Centennial 24
Scoring thoughts: That was a wacky way to score but Centennial will take it. DLS has seriously been rocked back a little here.
Third quarter (DLS drive): Pica returns to the 20 and that’s where the Spartans will start this drive. MacG at QB to start the drive. MacG sacked by Jayme Sasaki and a loss of six brings up 2nd and 16 from the 14. Screen to Travis Carrie and he’s down to the 18. 3rd and 12 from the 18. Illegal motion by the Spartans makes it 3rd and 17 from the 13. Pass intended for Perio and Burfict almost picked it. It’s incomplete and there’s an illegal man downfield call against DLS. Perio is hurt also. Looks like a cramp. Czyz will punt for the first time today. Czyz kicked it into his own man and it’s recovered by DLS in the end zone for a safety. SCORE: DLS 31, Centennial 17.
Touchdown thoughts: Matt Scott looked really good on that drive. They went away from Bass a little after he got gassed and Marvray and Beasley made big plays to make up for it. With the two-point conversion it is only a two-possession ballgame. I’m sure DLS defensive coordinator Terry Eidson is pointing that out as we speak.
Third quarter (Centennial drive): Amack’s kickoff sails into the end zone for a touchback. Centennial needs a score here in a big way. First down from the 20. Bass with the carry. Five yards on the gain. Bass with a huge run but it’s coming back. Holding on Centennial negates a 75-yard touchdown run by Bass. Ball placed on the 21 and it’s 2nd and 9. Bass is out for a play, he’s gassed. Scott on a QB draw and Panayioti Mastorakos with the stop. 3rd and 5. Scott to Beasley on a slant for a first down. The Huskies needed that one. Ball on the 46 yard linie. Bass back in the game and he carries up the middle. Ball on the Centennial 49 and its 2nd and 7. A quick out is errant from Scott and that brings up 3rd and 7. Scott up the middle and he’s stopped by Bouey and Carrie. 4th down from the DLS 47 and Centennial is going for it. Scott finds Beasley for a first down. Ball on the DLS 38 yard line. Scott for Marvray and concurrent possession with Graylon Sanders gives Marvray a touchdown. Centennial is not going away quietly, that’s for sure. Centennial will line up to go for two here with 5:01 remaining in the third quarter. Scott on the option is in for two. Score: DLS 31, Centennial 15.
Touchdown thoughts: DLS just scored the statement touchdown it needed. That slant from Wayne to Perio was a beautifully executed play and Carrie did the rest. 7:46 left in the third quarter.
Third quarter (DLS drive): Drive starts on the Centennial 48 and Butler carries to the 40. 2nd and 2. Butler on the dive and he’s got a DLS first down. Ball on the 36. Slant from Wayne to Perio and DLS is in scoring range. I love that play. Wayne moves laterally and throws on the run. It defies physics I tell you. First and goal from the 5. Travis Carrie with the carry for 5 yards and folks, Travis Carrie is doing work tonight. Touchdown Spartans. Brady Amack with the lead block on the run. Garrett Biel’s PAT is good. Score: De La Salle 31, Centennial 7
Third quarter (Centennial drive): 1st and 10 on the Centennial 40. Bass with the ball to the right. Down to the 42 and it’s 2nd and 8. Quick hitch to Fazli. 3rd down from the 45. Scott pitch to Bass on the option and he’s short of the sticks. Ball on the DLS 48. 2nd and 2. Centennial will go on 4th down. They ran the “Play dumb” play where Scott acts like he’s confused and Bass takes the direct snap but Bass fumbled the direct snap. Bouey recovers and DLS has the ball.
Third quarter (DLS drive): DLS will get the ball first to begin the half. Here we go! Idaho, I’m gonna do my best man! Halftime stats: DLS has 184 total yards of offense, Centennial has 169. Bass has 93 yards on 20 carries and Scott has 30 on 9 carries. Pica returns the kickoff back to the 19. A big hello to Grecomom if she’s out there. Who knows, maybe she’s below us in the DLS rooter section. Pica up the middle for nothing. He got one yard and it’s 2nd and 9 from the 20. MacG to Dosen for a first down at the 29. MacG just got form tackled by Vontaze Burfict. I don’t quite know what to say about that. I mean, sheesh. 2nd down. Perio on a reverse pass but its picked off by Michael Aguon and Centennial has the ball.