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Dallas-area 4A No. 1 Frisco Centennial rolls past Little Elm in 9-4A opener
FRISCO — Ranked No. 1 in the SportsDayHS 4A poll, Frisco Centennial looked primed and ready for its upcoming tour through a difficult District 9-4A. Centennial held off the running of Little Elm in a 38-13 victory to open the district gauntlet.
Centennial (4-0) won for the 19th time in its last 21 games dating to 2010. Both losses were in the playoffs. Centennial’s next three games will be against district contenders Prosper, Frisco Liberty and Frisco Wakeland.
“I think we’re starting to jell at the right time, and we’ve got good team chemistry,” Centennial coach Mark Howard said. “But you have to bring your A-game every week in our district.”
Centennial’s versatile offense scored on its first two drives of each half as dual-threat senior quarterback and Arkansas pledge Lamar Jordan had 142 yards on 17 carries with two touchdowns and completed 12-of-16 passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns.
“Lamar had passed successfully coming into this year,” Howard said. “It seemed like he started finding himself on the running game in the second half. He made some good reads. He had those reads in the first half and didn’t take them, and you never know what would have happened. Lamar’s just a special player.”
Centennial used its speedy defense led by tackle K.J. Smith, a Baylor pledge, and senior linebacker Blake Swanner to mostly stifle Little Elm’s old-style, veer-like offense, which had relied heavily on senior running back Keaun Kinner, who averaged nearly 280 yards per game.
Kinner ended with 122 yards on 29 carries. Little Elm (1-3) senior quarterback Devante Pullum returned from a preseason scrimmage injury to score on a 9-yard touchdown run. Little Elm senior safety Jaylen Price returned the second-half kickoff 102 yards for a score.
Centennial’s scoring pace was too much for Little Elm to match. Centennial led 7-0 on a nearly five-minute drive on its first possession, which resulted in a 27-yard TD reception by Cody Bagwell. Centennial took a 14-0 lead on an 11-yard scoring run by Jordan.