Anyone who has seen Centennial High School play this season automatically knows that Deon Sanders is the Cougars’ offensive star.
Coming off its straight win, any success Centennial has had offensive can easily be attributed to the junior running back who is in the middle of a standout season.
But as Centennial (3-2, 2-0 District 11-AAA) heads into its Week 6 home matchup against Mount Juliet High School, the Cougars have proven they are not just a one-dimensional team.
Since Sanders broke out for 311 rushing yards three touchdowns on Sept. 5 against Brentwood, the majority of Centennial’s scoring offense has come by the throwing arm of quarterback Owen Roth and the solid hands of Emmanuel Hall.
In Week 3 against Clarksville High School, Roth threw four touchdown passes to Hall, while Hall scored two touchdowns against Summit, including an 82-yard touchdown run.
Still, Centennial is not taking it easy against Mount Juliet.
After the Summit game, Hall said that mistakes like the two turnovers Centennial committed against the Spartans will be costly further down the schedule.
“We gave up 14 points off stuff that we should have scored on,” he said. “I mean, we fumbled at the 1-yard line. We just need to fix all that. No more mistakes, and we’ll blow teams out.”
Centennial has struggled with run defense all season. Its Sept. 20 game against Summit was the first time the Cougars didn’t give up a run of over 50 yards all season; however, Summit quarterback Dee Hunter still scored on the 40-yard run.
Mount Juliet enters the game with a 3-2 record like Centennial, recovering from back-to-back losses to Station Camp and Blackman with a Week-4 win over Wilson Central. It was the Golden Bears’ fifth straight victory over their District rivals.
Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Friday at Centennial.