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6A FOOTBALL: Clock-crunching drive in the fourth kills any hopes of a comeback

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Centennial rookie QB Langston Williams-Lomax rolls out of the pocket during the Eagles 33-13 loss to McMinnville on Friday.



6A FOOTBALL
Nonleague game

Team Score
McMinnville
33
Centennial
13


Centennial's football team scored on its first and its last possession Friday night, but couldn't muster anything in between during a 33-13 home loss to McMinnville.

The Eagles grabbed a quick 7-0 lead after taking its opening drive the length of the field ending with rookie QB Langston Williams-Lomax crossing into the end zone for the touchdown.

McMinnville pushed ahead before halftime, then took a commanding 27-7 lead by scoring early in the fourth quarter.

The Grizzlies defense forced a three-and-out, then put the game out of reach with another run-only scoring drive that peeled more than eight minutes off the clock.

Centennial gave itself a chance to get a stop when Malachi Farnsworth crashed through the line and made a stop in the backfield to bring up third-and-goal from the 13-yard line.

But McMinnville would not be denied.

Running back Preston Ginter moved around the right side, broke into the open field and dragged the only tackler in his path over the goal line make it 33-7 with 0:56 to play.

Centennial's Kahleed McCallister fielded the ensuing kickoff and sidestepped a pair of tackles to bring the ball out past the 35-yard line.

Centennial's most impressive series of plays came in the final minute when Williams-Lomax threw a deep ball that drew a pass interference flag. Next, he fired over the right side and hit Kyle Fitzgerald for a 24-yard gain. Finally, Williams-Lomax fired over the middle where Alex Ibarra broke wide open for a 24-yard touchdown catch with 0:18 left.


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https://davidball.smugmug.com/2019-Fall-Sports/Football/Oct4-McMinnville-33-Centennial-13/


This story is slated for our Tuesday, Oct. 8, print edition.


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