Written by Michael Florek
Four turnovers doom Frisco Centennial in 4A-I regional final loss to Tyler John Tyler
ENNIS — Friday night at Ennis’ Lion Memorial Stadium, Frisco Centennial’s season came to an end against Tyler John Tyler because of one turnover that happened and one turnover that didn’t in a 38-24 loss.
In the Class 4A Division I, Region II final, a John Tyler interception of Centennial quarterback Lamar Jordan midway through the third quarter was followed by a John Tyler fumble one play later on a quarterback rollout.
The ball took a couple of hops sideways and remained up for grabs, allowing a Centennial player to join a small pileup, but John Tyler came up with the ball.
Two plays later, quarterback Greg Ward scored on a 40-yard run to give John Tyler its first double-digit lead, 28-17.
John Tyler will play the winner of Saturday’s game between Denton Guyer and Birdville in the state semifinals.
With the game tied, 14-14, at halftime, Frisco Centennial swung the momentum on the first drive of the third quarter. On John Tyler’s the first play, Ward’s pass was tipped and intercepted by Centennial’s Josh Garrett at the John Tyler 25-yard line. Centennial converted a 42-yard field goal to take its first lead, 17-14.
John Tyler responded quickly. It covered 68 yards in five plays, culminating in a 46-yard touchdown reception by receiver Fred Ross. The sequence took just 1:10.
Jordan was intercepted on Centennial’s next drive, leading to Ward’s touchdown run and the double-digit lead.
Centennial pulled within four near the end of the third quarter. Facing third-and-15 from the John Tyler 32-yard line, Jordan threw a pass to the end zone. Two John Tyler defenders ran into each other, allowing Centennial receiver Jacob Atchley to make the touchdown catch.
Before leaving the game briefly with an injury, Ward brought the team to the Centennial 14. Defensive end Tyus Bowser took over at quarterback and threw a perfect fade to Ross. It was Ross’s third touchdown of the game.
Centennial drove into John Tyler territory two more times but turned the ball over on downs and threw an interception on fourth-and-10. It was Centennial’s fourth turnover of the game.
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