Written by Corbett Smith
Defense, rushing attack help Frisco Centennial roll past Lake Dallas
FRISCO — Last year, Frisco Centennial won 12 games and made the third round of the playoffs, establishing itself as the premier program in Frisco ISD.
So far this year, Centennial is showing that it might be playing for something a little more grand.
Scoring 21 points over a 21/2-minute span in the first half, Centennial — the No. 2 ranked team in the SportsDayHS Class 4A poll — used a balanced offense and stingy defense to cruise past No. 15 Lake Dallas, 42-14.
“Getting to state is what we are playing for,” Centennial defensive back and TCU pledge Ranthony Texada said. “Every week, we are putting the work in and we’re seeing the results right now.”
Linebacker Blair Swanner capped Centennial’s quick 21-point outburst with a 25-yard interception return for a score. It was his second touchdown in as many weeks; in a 45-9 win over Denison last week, Swanner scored on a 10-yard fumble return.
“I actually had never scored a touchdown in my life,” Swanner said. “Not in peewee or anything; never been in the end zone except in backyard football. … God has been blessing me.”
North Mesquite transfer Chris Johnson rushed for 103 yards and two touchdowns, taking some pressure off of Centennial’s star quarterback Lamar Jordan. Jordan was the team’s leading rusher and passer last season.
“He’s been a real pleasant surprise,” Centennial coach Mark Howard said of Johnson. “We didn’t know until the first game, because in practice he hadn’t really shown what he could do.”
Jordan threw for 127 yards on nine completions, and even got help from one of his teammates in the passing game. Centennial (2-0) answered a Lake Dallas score off an option pass with a trick play of its own, scoring on a double pass from Jordan to Kelly Cordova to Jacob Atchley.
Atchley caught two passes, both for touchdowns.
Lake Dallas threw two interceptions, lost one of five fumbles, and committed 100 yards of penalties in the loss.