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Two TDs in 14 seconds spur Frisco Centennial past West Mesquite, 33-25, into 4A area round of playoffs
MURPHY — Frisco Centennial scored two touchdowns in a 14-second span of the fourth quarter to beat West Mesquite 33-25 in a Class 4A Division I bi-district playoff game Friday night at Plano ISD’s Tom Kimbrough Stadium.
Centennial (10-1), the area’s sixth-ranked 4A team, faces Dallas Kimball at 2 p.m. next Friday at Loos Stadium in Dallas.
West Mesquite (8-3) took its first and only lead of the game, 25-19, on Kameron Miles’ 10-yard touchdown run, his second of the game, with 11:22 to play. The score was set up by a fumbled punt recovery at midfield to open the fourth quarter and Chason Virgil’s 41-yard pass to Akilian Butler.
But a face mask penalty against West Mesquite on the ensuing kickoff put Centennial in business at midfield. Nine plays later, Lamar Jordan found Stoney Hawkins over the middle for a 10-yard touchdown pass. The extra point made it 26-25 Centennial.
Then Ranthony Texada recovered a pop-up kickoff for Centennial at the West Mesquite 30. A pass interference call and Jordan’s 15-yard touchdown run gave Centennial its second score in 14 seconds.
Centennial then forced a three-and-out and ran out the clock with four first downs in the final 5:24.
Centennial led 13-10 at the half on a 50-yard interception return for a touchdown by Cydney Calvin and Cody Bagwell’s 40-yard catch-and-run for a score with a short screen pass from Jordan.
On West Mesquite’s game-opening possession, Calvin tipped and intercepted Virgil’s pass into double coverage at midfield on third-and-long and outraced the pursuit down the left sideline. Defensive end Kevin Smith set up the play with consecutive sacks of Virgil on West Mesquite’s first two plays from scrimmage.
Smith, who had a total of four tackles for losses in the first half, also batted down a Virgil pass on third down deep in Centennial territory, forcing West Mesquite to settle for a 27-yard Miguel Garza field goal with 3:06 to play in the first quarter.
West Mesquite finally got something going on offense late in the half, marching 61 yards in nine plays for a 1-yard touchdown run by Miles just 49 seconds before halftime. Key plays on the drive included a costly facemask penalty against Centennial, an 18-yard run by Miles on fourth-and-one from the Centennial 33 and Virgil’s 14-yard pass to Raashaan Reason at the 1.