Written by Corbett Smith
Frisco Centennial runs for 213 yards; defense denies Frisco Wakeland
FRISCO — Struggling on offense, Frisco Centennial coach Mark Howard knew he had to make a change.
His defensive front — with nose guard Chase Appleby and end Kevin Smith — was disrupting Wakeland’s passing game, but Howard’s offense had only three first downs in the first half. So he decided to move to a more run-heavy scheme.
“This was a little package that we’ve had for a long time,” Howard said. “We just hadn’t pulled it out until we needed to.”
Centennial quarterback Lamar Jordan broke loose a 67-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter, and Centennial’s defense disrupted Wakeland quarterback Nick West as he attempted a game-tying two-point conversion with 2:03 remaining, holding on for a 17-15 win.
Appleby and Smith combined for six sacks, harrying West at every turn.
“We knew we were going to have a chance to pass rush,” Smith said. “And we were ready.”
Smith matched a career-best with four sacks.
Wakeland (4-3, 2-2 in 9-4A) outgained Centennial (7-0, 4-0), and had more than twice as many first downs, 21-9, but couldn’t convert drives into touchdowns, especially in the first half.
On its opening drive, Wakeland drove the ball to the Centennial 1 but failed to punch it in on third down, settling for the first of three field goals.
“We missed out on some opportunities,” Wakeland coach Marty Secord said. “I wish we could get those back but we didn’t.”
Wakeland had a chance to tie in the closing minutes after Jordan’s touchdown run gave Centennial a 17-9 lead with 6:37 left in the game.
Getting the ball on Centennial’s 45-yard line, West — who passed for 325 yards — completed three passes, including a 19-yard pass to Turner Smiley to get the ball to the 1.
Tyler Carver scored on the next play with 2:03 left, giving Wakeland a chance to tie with a two-point conversion. But linebacker Nick Bush hurried West into a throw that drew the receiver out of bounds.
Jordan’s 50-yard run on Centennial’s next possession secured the win.