Centennial racked up an incredible 711 yards of total offense, scoring the game’s last four touchdowns in a come-from-behind, 62-40, second-half win over Independence.
Centennial quarterback Grayson Marcel was 22 of 32 passing for 401 yards and four touchdowns. Three scores went to tight end Ashari Haynesworth, who caught 10 balls for 210 yards.
Jariel Wilson, the Cougars’ two-way star, rushed 20 times for 227 yards and four touchdowns for Centennial (1-2).
Independence (1-2) didn’t hurt for offense, either. Quarterback Nathan Cisco was 22 of 37 passing for 390 yards and two touchdowns.
Both went to star receiver T.J. Sheffield, who caught nine balls for 181 yards, and also had a rushing touchdown and a kickoff return score.
Running back Colby Logan added 64 rushing yards on 15 carries, and two touchdowns, for the Eagles (1-2).
Trailing by six coming out for the third quarter, Marcel found Johnny Crouch for a 72-yard touchdown strike, Crouch’s point-after putting Centennial up, 35-34.
Sheffield then caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Cisco, and Marcel answered with one to Haynesworth for 37.
Crouch missed the point-after, but it wouldn’t matter. The Cougars scored three more fourth-quarter touchdowns, with Wilson adding 1- and 73-yard scoring runs, and Sean Hannon returning a Cisco pass for a touchdown with 17 seconds left.
It was a back-and-forth first half.
The Eagles took the opening kickoff and marched 80 yards before Logan scored on a 1-yard plunge, with Weston Landry’s point-after giving them a 7-0 lead just 2:33 into the night. The drive was set up by two Cisco-to-Sheffield passes totaling 20 and 34 yards.
Marcel hit Haynesworth with an 11-yard touchdown pass with seven minutes left in the first quarter, as Crouch tied the game with his point-after.
Cisco found Sheffield with a 5-yard touchdown pass, putting Independence back up 14-7 after the point-after.
Centennial knotted the game when Marcel and Haynesworth hooked up again, but Sheffield again answered. This time, it was a 97-yard kickoff return for a score.
Independence’s Logan and Centennial’s Wilson exchanged second-quarter touchdown runs, then Wilson added another with 2:05 left to tie the game.
Finally, Sheffield scored a 2-yard touchdown with seven seconds left in the half. Centennial blocked the point-after, and the Eagles led 34-28 at half.
Independence, which has given up 140 points in three weeks, returns home to face Hillsboro next week.
Centennial has its first road game of the season next Friday, coming at Cane Ridge.