Century runs past Glencoe, 17-14
It felt like a matter of time.
Despite trailing 14-3 at the half, the home Century Jaguars were winning everywhere but on the scoreboard as the two teams headed to the locker room after 30 minutes of play. With that in mind, the players and coaching staff stuck to their game plan and plodded their way to a 17-14 win over Glencoe Friday, March 12, at Century High School.
The Jags ran more than twice the amount of plays as the Tide, and Century quarterback Zachary Boehler and running back Emilio Hernandez combined for more than 200 yards en route to the second win in as many tries following last week's victory over McMinnville.
"Obviously, this is huge for us," Hernandez said. "This is a league game and we haven't beaten Glencoe since I've been here, so for my senior year, this is great."
Century (2-0) second-year head coach Danny Kernan agreed with his senior running back regarding the impact of the win over the cross-town Tide, and pointed to the team's halftime confidence despite the deficit as the key to victory.
"We knew we were moving the ball well in the first half and just not capitalizing," Kernan said. "We were pretty confident that our guys could play with Glencoe, and they're a great team. So, for us to dig ourselves out of that first half hole and end up on top was huge for us tonight."
The Jaguars got on the scoreboard first when — after stopping the Tide on their opening possession — they drove 56 yards in 10 plays, capping the possession with a 29 yard Anthony Martinez field goal to go ahead 3-0.
The score would remain the same until Glencoe (1-1) retook the lead with 4:16 left in the first half after capitalizing on a Century mistake. On second down and eight from their own 40-yard line, sophomore quarterback Camren Stortro was intercepted by Preston Stringer. But following the interception, Stringer was stripped of the ball, Glencoe recovered, and what appeared to be a turnover ended in a Crimson Tide 32-yard gain. Six plays later, junior running back Royce Fasel scored from a yard out and Glencoe led 7-3.
It appeared that's where things would stay as the half wound down, but in a flash things changed when the Tide's Robert Hendrix took a line drive punt around the left end and tipped-toed his way up the near sideline for 60 yards and a second Glencoe score. Following a Zack Schlottman extra point, it was 14-3 visitors and Century was left shaking their heads as they headed for the locker room.
That wouldn't last however, as the Jags waisted little time cutting into the lead, going 54 yards on the second-half's opening possession, finishing things with a 4-yard Hernandez touchdown run to pull within 14-10.
"It was important for us to score on that first drive," Hernandez said. "Glencoe's a good team, but we knew we could play with them. We just had to keep doing what we were doing."
While rolling with the ball, it was what Century was doing without it that ultimately may have decided the game.
The Jaguars' defense kept Fasel — a first team all-league performer last season — relatively in check, holding the standout to just 37 yards on 12 carries. Much of that success could be attributed to the Jags' execution, but while good, their job was made easier by Glencoe's inability to challenge Century's defensive backs through the air — something Crimson Tide head coach Ian Reynoso said is causing them fits.
"I mean, that's pretty much everything," the coach said. "With these young quarterbacks that we have right now, we need to put them in situations where they can be successful. But in that same vein, we need to do what we do well in order for us to be successful as a team, and we didn't do that."
After consecutive Tide three-and-outs, Century capped its comeback when Boehler finished a 15-play, 60 yard drive with a 10-yard touchdown run with 6:07 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Glencoe had two possessions to try and again overtake the Jags, but a turnover-on-downs and a late interception ended their hopes of a road win and 2-0 start.
Obviously, this is an odd year with most teams playing just five games due to the pandemic. But Reynoso said despite the abbreviated schedule and lack of a postseason, it remains about the competition rather than what some feel is primarily preparation for next season's fall slate.
"The fact that we get this season is a blessing, but it's always about competing," Reynoso said. "It's about coming out and playing, doing your best and playing to win."
And the Tide did that, but on this night it was less about Glencoe and more about Century — who's enjoying some success that's been a long time coming.
"To get these first two wins is pretty nice," Kernan said. "I mean, it's only a six-game schedule, but playing two league opponents right away and to get two wins, it feels good. It's huge, we've got some momentum and the kids are having fun."
Century is scheduled to host Aloha next week, while Glencoe hosts Newberg at Hare Field.
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