Written by Jon Machota
Lamar Jordan shakes off vicious hit to lead Frisco Centennial past Kimball, into regional round of playoffs
ADDISON — With his head hurting, a startled Lamar Jordan paced in front of the Frisco Centennial bench late in the second quarter Friday with his team up 14-6 over Kimball.
The senior quarterback had just been blindsided by 280-pound defensive lineman Justin Manning at the end of a 20-yard scramble.
Jordan shook off the hit and fired a 33-yard touchdown pass to Cody Bagwell on the next play. Centennial grabbed a 21-6 lead and coasted to a 38-12 victory in the Class 4A, Division I area playoff game at Loos Stadium.
“I was concerned,” Centennial coach Mark Howard said of his quarterback. “He said at halftime in the locker room that he was going to be fine. Fortunately, he bounced back from that.”
Jordan, one of the area’s top passers, threw for 204 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. The hit he sustained was so violent that Manning remained on the turf for a few minutes before being helped off by trainers.
“I wasn’t going to go out,” Jordan said. “I was going to stick it out for my team.”
Jordan remaining in the game was significant for Centennial (11-1) because a running game that was averaging over 172 yards per game had only managed 19 yards on its first 11 carries.
“I hand it to them, they just got after us up front,” Howard said.
Bagwell was clearly Jordan’s favorite target when a big play was needed. The senior receiver only had three catches but they accounted for his eighth and ninth touchdowns of the year. The other was a 30-yard reception that may have been the most important, moving the chains on third-and-10 on the ensuing drive after Kimball (9-3) made it 7-6. All three showcased his athletic ability to either outjump defenders or run away from them.
Senior Cydney Calvin made sure the momentum stayed with Centennial, extending its lead to 28-6 after he took the opening kickoff of the second-half back 72 yards.
Centennial, which won its seventh consecutive game and snapped Kimball’s seven-game winning streak, will play Red Oak in the third round. Centennial lost to Corsicana, 52-31, in the third round last year.