Centennial running back Deon Sanders rushed for 198 yards and three touchdowns in a 48-31 Centennial loss to Clarksville Northeast Friday night.
The Cougars (0-1) allowed 555 rushing yards on 45 carries for an average of 12.3 yards per carry, along with seven rushing touchdowns.
“Obviously, I’m really disappointed,” Centennial head coach Brian Rector said. “One of our major goals in the offseason one of our goals was to stop the run. The takeaway, unfortunately, was that we just have to get a lot better. We have to be better at stopping the run.”
Centennial fell behind early after Northeast running back Montrell Pardue scored a 7-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Sanders tied it up 7-7 for Centennial with a 2-yard touchdown run.
In the second quarter, Northeast’s Matt Briggs returned a Billy Lowe interception for a 77-yard touchdown. After Sanders ran it in again from four yards out, Dontavious Fort scored 21-yard touchdown to put Northeast up 21-14.
Centennial kicker Nick Madonia’s 27-yard field goal narrowed the gap to 21-17.
In the second half, both teams scored touchdowns before three Northeast running backs scored 21 unanswered points on three rushes of 65 yards or greater.
Centennial returns to action Friday at home against John Overton High School. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.