The Eagles fullback gains nearly 400 yards rushing and scores five TDs

by: DAVID BALL: THE OUTLOOK - Centennials Nick Schoebel celebrates after scoring on a two-point conversion that tied the game 14-14 in the first half Friday.

Centennial fullback Nick Schoebel was simply unstoppable Friday night, powering the Eagles to a 49-42 win over Grant in their season opener.

Centennial overcame an early 14-6 deficit tying the score when Schoebel rumbled through the middle for a 10-yard touchdown, followed by a two-point conversion that saw him cross the goal line untouched.

He set up the scoring chance by breaking free for a 47-yard pick-up on 3rd-and-2.

Grant was ready to keep pace in the quick-fire game when Cordell Harris hauled in 49-yard over-the-shoulder pass from Sam Davis. But a holding penalty cancelled out the touchdown.

The Generals converted an unlikely 3rd-and-25 on the next snap when Nathan Halverson caught a short pass along the sideline, broke a series of tackles and lunged past the first-down marker.

Grant moved inside the 20-yard line before Centennial forced its first stop of the night when Donovan Smith and Ryan Phanakhone brought down Halverson a couple steps short of the marker on 4th-and-8.

The Eagles took possession and stayed with their game plan — give the ball to Schoebel.

He highlighted this drive with a 29-yard breakout around the right side, dipping his shoulder at the end of the run to knock over a Grant tackler and pick up a few extra yards.

Centennial converted a 4th-and-9 deep in Grant territory when QB Caleb Miller sent a pass into the teeth of the defense. The ball was swatted at the line of scrimmage, but Phanakhone adjusted his route, made the catch and dived forward to pick up the first down by inches.

Schoebel took the handoff on the next play and went 11 yards into the end zone — his third TD putting Centennial in front 21-14.

The Eagles would never trail again.

Halverson returned the ensuing kickoff 70 yards for a tying touchdown, but Centennial regained the lead before intermission on a 9-yard QB keeper by Miller.

Grant was driving in the final minute of the half when Centennial lineman Mike McGuire came in from the side and delivered a big hit on Grant running back Bryant Peek. The ball was knocked loose, bouncing toward the sideline when Eagles’ teammate Devyn Cardoza slid across the grass and pulled it in with one hand.

Schoebel finished off his big night with 377 yards on the ground and five touchdowns, as the Eagles stayed a step ahead throughout the second half.

Cordoza secured the victory with an interception that ended the Generals’ final drive.

Centennial plays at reigning 6A champion Lake Oswego at 7 p.m. Friday.

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