Century turns in a stellar all-around effort to beat Glencoe 33-17 in a rivlary game
There was a moment in Fridays Pacific Conference football game between Century and Glencoe where the momentum seemed poised to swing against the Jaguars, but head coach Bill Smiths young team kept their composure and closed out a convincing 33-17 victory over their crosstown rivals.
Century led 14-0 and was driving for another score midway through the second quarter when an ill-timed fumble bounced into the hands of Glencoes Tom Ward, and the junior returned it 93 yards for a touchdown that could have completely changed the complexion of the game.
Instead, the Jaguars regrouped before halftime and put together a short touchdown drive to make it 21-7, scoring on a 16-yard pass from Marcos Hernandez to Zack Allen with 35 seconds left in the first half.
That was a big momentum play, Smith said. We were a couple plays away from being up 21-0, and then all of a sudden its 14-7. But that didnt seem to faze anybody. There wasnt much time left, and we went down and scored again. That was a sign of maturity by our kids.
Hernandez added a 10-yard scoring run on the other side of halftime to put Century on top 27-10, and the Jaguars never looked back en route to an impressive win that came on homecoming and senior night.
I thought the kids played very, very well, Smith said. It was a spirited game it was senior night, it was our last home game, it was homecoming, it was against a city rival.
From the first play of the game our kids were playing hard. They had a good week of practice and they came into the game very focused.
Century (2-5, 2-3) opened the contest with a six-play, 74-yard drive that culminated with a 48-yard touchdown run by Hernandez, staking the Jaguars to an early 7-0 lead. Ton Catandella added a 6-yard scoring run on the final play of the first quarter to put the Jags up by two touchdowns, and it seemed as if the rout was on.
Glencoe (4-3, 3-2) had other ideas, however, stripping Oscar Rojas at the 7-yard line on Centurys next possession and cutting into the lead with Wards long fumble return. The Crimson Tide also added a booming 42-yard field goal by Kainoa Hanchett just before halftime to get within 21-10.
The Tide found the end zone again late in the third quarter, scoring on a 23-yard pass from Avery Elrod to Kyle Campbell that sliced the lead to 27-17, but Centurys defense buckled down in the late stages, and the Jaguars tacked on an insurance score when Daniel Hernandez punched in a 3-yard touchdown run with 5:37 remaining.
We could be a pretty good football team, Smith said. We have a mostly new squad this year on both offense and defense, and we were making a lot of mistakes early on. The neat thing is that the kids have been working hard and getting better every week.
Marcos Hernandez keyed the Century offense from his quarterback position, completing 7-of-11 passes for 62 yards and a touchdown, and he also did some major damage with his legs, rushing 19 times for 174 yards and two scores. Twin brother Daniel Hernandez ran eight times for 115 yards and a touchdown, and Rojas added 66 yards on the ground as the Jaguars rushed for 462 yards as a team.
Marcos is a fierce competitor and he does a fantastic job, but he doesnt do a fantastic job if the line doesnt block or the receivers dont catch the ball, Smith said. Everybody contributed. It was a great team performance.
Equally important was the job Centurys defense did on Friday night. The Jaguars held Glencoe to 235 total yards, and they limited Hanchett who had rushed for 503 yards in the last two games alone to just 33 yards on 14 carries.
With starting strong safety Ryan Durrant out with a broken hand, Allen moved over from his free safety position and Marcos Hernandez stepped in for Allen. Those two, along with Kevin Garcia, helped slow Glencoes power running game.
Kevin Garcia was just a man at middle linebacker. He was all over the field making great reads, Smith said. Zack Allen also had an outstanding game. I was very impressed with our defense.