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Centennial stopped inches short on final play

THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Centennial running back Shawn King breaks away from Oregon City linebacker Tanner Smith.

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A crazy night on the football field came down to one final play.

Centennial lined up for a two-point conversion with 0:25 on the clock. Cross the goal line and the game would go to overtime, get stopped short and Oregon City would celebrate a 50-48 win.

Eagles' QB Mychael Kane took the snap and moved to his right side. He appeared to have a path to the end zone, but like someone chasing an elevator, the door slammed shut in a hurry.

Oregon City linebacker Tanner Smith met Kane at the goal line with a blast of pads that stopped him in his tracks. The side officials raced to the center of the field waving their arms to show he had been kept out of the end zone.

Game over.

“He was inches away, but I got there and drove him back,” Smith said. “I've never had more emotions on one play in my entire life.”

That capped a wild game that saw each team reach the end zone seven times.

Oregon City took its first lead with 1:22 remaining — a six-play, 78-yard drive that ended with running back Zakhayas Dennis-Lee putting in a zig and a zag to rumble 35 yards through the middle for a touchdown.

With their kicker nursing a groin injury and having missed his previous attempt, Pioneers' coach Randy Nyquist kept his offense on the field. Teron Bradford took an end around and spun just inside the pylon for what proved to be the winning points.

Centennial traveled 60 yards in less than a minute, converting a 4th-and-15 along the way, and giving itself a chance when fullback Dylan Collins bulldozed in from 2 yards out.

Oregon City (2-1) plays at David Douglas at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, while Centennial (2-1) travels to Gresham.

Look for expanded coverage in our Tuesday, Sept. 20, print edition.

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