Cougars Hold Off Henry County Rally To Win Region
Centennial ran out to a huge lead before a fervent fourth quarter rally by Henry County to defeat the Patriots 28-20 to win Region 7-5A. The Cougars would dominate the Patriot offense through a majority of the game while taking to the sky to run out to their big lead.
Passing Game Keys Huge First Half
The Cougars would take the ball first and open the game with a 50-yard kickoff return to midfield by Tavion Fleming. Centennial would move the ball to near the redzone, but a bad snap would get the Cougars out of scoring range. Henry County would move the ball into the redzone on the ensuing drive, but would miss the field goal attempt, keeping the game scoreless after the first quarter.
Centennial’s passing game would open the Cougar offense. Tristan Pisacane would connect with Ra’sean McLemore for a huge pass to get the ball near the redzone. Tyrel Dodson would outjump the triple coverage of the Patriots to get the ball down to the one-yard line. Dodson would finish the drive a yard out to put the Cougars on the board. A bad snap on the point after attempt would keep the score at 6-0. The Cougars would force a Henry County three-and-out. Pisacane would then find Devious Christmon with a highlight reel catch down the sideline to set up a 28-yard touchdown pass to Austin Waddell. On the two-point conversion, Tristan Pisacane would pitch the ball to his brother Peyton, who would score on the conversion. Centennial would again for a Patriot punt, and move the ball back downfield before the half. On 4th and 2 with 34 seconds left, Dodson would take the direct pass and find McLemore for a touchdown pass to send the teams to the locker room with Centennial leading 21-0.
Time Runs Out On Henry County Comeback
The second half would begin with each team have a special teams miscue. The Cougars would eat up nearly half of the third quarter getting to midfield, before the Cougars punt was blocked. Henry County would take advantage of the field position to get into field goal range, but the Patriots would miss the field goal attempt again. The Cougars were held to a three-and-out, but Christmon would intercept Henry County and set up Centennial for a scoring drive to start the fourth quarter.
The Cougars would open the fourth quarter with a 37-yard touchdown run by Mondu Sawyers, giving Centennial a 28-0 lead. Henry County would change quarterbacks to their passing threat, Savon Stewart, who would put the Patriots on the board with a 24-yard pass to Seven Stewart. Centennial would put in their backups, looking to kill the clock, but would be held to a three-and-out. Stewart would throw another touchdown pass, but a miss of the point after attempt would close the Cougar lead to 28-13. The Cougars would be held to another three-and-out, and the Patriots would quickly score within a minute with a 10-yard run by Savon Stewart to close the score to 28-20. Centennial would recover the onside kick and take a knee to win Region 7.
The Cougars would use their less-often used passing game to run out to their big lead. Tristan Pisacane would open the game by completing 9 of 12 passes for 164 yards and a touchdown. Tyrel Dodson and Mondu Sawyers would each add a touchdown on the ground for the victory.
Centennial will open the playoffs next week at home against the fourth place team out of Region 7, which is currently a logjam between Memphis Central, Munford, and Southwind.