Burros Blowout Could Cause Cougar Concerns

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In the time it took visiting Hillsboro to score 16 first-quarter points Friday night, Centennial only snapped the ball five times.

At no point in the 50-10 blowout Cougar loss did the home team look able to execute on offense or defense. The Burros, who had three turnovers, repeatedly left opportunities on the field that Centennial failed to capitalize on, through mistakes and lack of execution as a team. The majority of the Cougar offense came on a single Jariel Wilson run, Centennial’s only touchdown.

After the Cougars’ first series ended three-and-out, the Burros ran one in with 7:04 to go in the first quarter.

On the next snap, the Burros (4-4, 1-2 5A-R6) forced a Cougars (3-5, 3-1. 6A-R6) safety, to go up 9-0.

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Posted by Williamson Source on Friday, October 6, 2017

Getting the possession off the safety, Hillsboro drove down to score another rushing touchdown, bumping their lead to 16-0 with 4:48 in the first.

Burro running back Jacob Frazier would plow in from 3-yards out two minutes into the second quarter. Down 22-0, Centennial went through another three-and-out; but Hillsboro muffed the punt, giving the Cougars a much needed boost.

They took over at the Burro 19-yard line, and managed to turn the turnover into a Johnny Crouch field goal and get on the board with 6:59 to go in the second quarter.

The Cougar defense got a stop, and the offense wasted no time. Running back Wilson tore off a 52-yard rushing touchdown to make it a 22-10 game at 5:03 in the second quarter.

The teams then traded interceptions, and Centennial held the Burros to a punt. But almost immediately the Cougars fumbled, at their own 33.

With 2:03 left, Frazier ran another one in, 33-yards. A blocked extra-point attempt made it 28-10 at half.

Nothing got better for Centennial in the second half. They received the ball to start, but quarterback Tre Stewart threw his second interception of the night. This set the Burros up with a first down from the Cougar 10, but a bad snap led to fumble. Josh Kress recovered for Centennial at the 2-yard line, and the Cougars were once again a big play or two from getting back in the game.

Instead, the Burros forced yet another safety, going up 30-10. Then Darius Smith found Tre Dickerson in the end zone to complete a quick Hillsboro scoring drive. At 37-10 with 8:11 left in the third quarter, things were out of reach for a Cougar comeback.

The Burros scored twice more, but both teams began sitting their starters, as the game was clearly decided before the end of the third quarter.

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