Century High's 2016 season and playoff run came to an end in the first round of the OSAA 6A state football playoffs, losing to Sherwood 47-26 in front of a packed crowd at Sherwood High School. But while on the wrong end of a relatively lopsided game, Jaguars now ex-coach Bill Smith didn't let the rotten ending ruin what was a pretty flavorful ride to get there.
"I'm proud of these kids," Smith said. "They had a great season."
The Jaguars finished the year 5-5 overall and 4-3 in the Metro League, placing fourth and earning a playoff opportunity against the Bowmen. But the second place team from the Three Rivers League proved to be too much for the undermanned Jags, dominating for the bulk of what was ultimately a one-sided affair.
"It's real tough to prepare for the Wing-T," Smith said. "We haven't faced a team like that in five years, and Sherwood does an excellent job, is very well-coached and is very athletic."
Century however fought to the end and kept things interesting despite their obvious shortcomings, but the fight wasn't enough and Smith seemed to know it.
"Offensively, they just challenged us to run the ball and we couldn't do it," said Smith. "They took away what we do best; put our quick kids in space and try to make plays."
Smith, while disappointed, seemed content with his team's effort.
"We had some breakdowns defensively, and you can't do that with teams this good," he said. "But I'm proud of my guys."