Centennial rushes back to win in the fourth
The Eagles score the night's final 28 points in win over Aloha
Centennial erased an 18-point deficit late in the third quarter to beat Aloha 45-35 Friday night for its second win over a Metro League foe in as many weeks.
The Warriors simply couldn't hang onto the ball down the stretch, and Centennial took full advantage scoring four touchdowns in little more than 12 minutes.
Aloha fumbled the ball on the final play of the third quarter, setting the stage for Eagles' QB Trevor Thornton's rush through the middle that ended with him getting flipped upside down and landing in the end zone.
Centennial was in scoring position once more when Mychael Kane picked off a long third-down pass. The Eagles handed the ball to receiver Louis Salazar on a misdirection play, and he ran untouched 19 yards into the end zone for the winning score his third touchdown of the night.
It's a play we had practiced all week, Salazar said. A lineman got a good block, I saw the opening and took it to the house.
The Warriors forced Centennial into a 4th-and-2 from midfield with 2:30 on the clock. After taking a timeout to consider keeping its offense on the field, Centennial elected to play it safe and send out the punt team.
Aloha would get one last chance or would it?
Centennial's punt dropped inside the 20, grazing an Aloha player on its path. The Eagles recovered and notched another score on a fourth-down play in the closing seconds.
Aloha took a 21-17 lead into halftime after Dondre Stance's 92-yard kickoff return and extended to a 35-17 margin with a pair of touchdowns within a minute early in the third quarter.
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Look for expanded game coverage in the Tuesday, Sept. 15, print edition of The Outlook.