Centennial routs Redwood 47-21

Centennial routs Redwood 47-21


Centennial routs Redwood 47-21


Redwood's QB Frankie Ayon (12) rushes downfield against Centennial in a non-league game.

Redwood’s QB Frankie Ayon (12) rushes downfield against Centennial in a non-league game.

The Redwood Rangers were trying to avoid their first 0-4 start since 2006, but in the end, they couldn’t derail the freight train that was Centennial.

Redwood fell behind early and suffered a 47-21 defeat Friday in a non-league game at Giant Chevrolet-Cadillac Mineral King Bowl.

The Rangers wrapped up their out-of-conference slate with losses to Sanger (28-7), Clovis East (41-24) and Tulare Union (49-41). Combined, their opponents boast a 12-4 record.

“It’s definitely been a murderous road of opponents,” Redwood coach Shaun Ball said. “We need to continue to battle. We still have stuff that we need to work on, and we have to eliminate some mistakes, but we have a fresh start, starting next week. The kids will be ready to go.”

Despite the blowout score, Redwood got off to a good start from the outset.

The Rangers forced a Brandon Robinson fumble and fell on the ball near midfield.

A Justin Williams run gained five yards, and two plays later quarterback Frankie Ayon scrambled for seven yards to pick up a first down.

Williams rushed for three yards on the next snap, but the Rangers gave the ball away on the very next play.

Robinson’s 65-yard fumble recovery gave the Golden Hawks a 7-0 lead with 8 minutes and 9 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

When Redwood came back onto the field for its next series, Williams was not in the huddle. The shifty senior running back, who was coming off a career-high 252 yards rushing in a loss to Tulare Union, was sidelined and was receiving treatment at the trainer’s table.

Williams never returned. He finished with two carries for eight yards.

It pretty much went downhill for the Rangers after that.

Centennial’s explosive offense made quick work of the home team.

After Robinson’s scoop and score, the Golden Hawks went on to score on five of their six first-half drives, and consumed only 4 minutes and 10 seconds of actual game time to post 41 points.

On drive two, Centennial went 57 yards on three plays and ate up just 1:01 off the clock. Robinson’s 10-yard dash gave the Golden Hawks a 14-0 edge.

On drive three, Centennial went 61 yards on three plays and used only 57 seconds. Senior quarterback Cesar DeLeon dropped a dime to receiver Danny Roach, who never broke his stride, for a 53-yard bomb.

On drive five, Centennial needed only one play, an 80-yard run by Robinson, to reach the end zone. Robinson, a powerful 6-foot, 195-pound senior, broke a Redwood arm tackle at midfield and was off to the races. His dash took only 13 seconds.

On drive six, after a Cole Beaty interception, Centennial scored on a Cale Jarnagan one-yard run, which took just three seconds.

On drive seven, the Golden Hawks took 1:57 to light up the scoreboard, their longest of the contest. They marched 65 yards on seven plays, capped by a one-yard run by Cedric Crawford.

The Golden Hawks led 41-7 at halftime.

Redwood cut the deficit, 21-7, with 7:23 to play in the second period. Junior Brayden Melvin picked up a fumble, and returned it 42 yards for the Rangers’ first touchdown.

With the game basically out of reach in the second half, Ball inserted his backup quarterback Jordan Brooks.

Brooks, a transfer from Mt. Whitney, directed the Rangers to two-scoring drives. He hit Morgan Helin for a 30-yard passing strike late in the third quarter, and also scored on a 21-yard keeper.

Brooks completed 5-of-9 passes for 110 yards and rushed for 27 more.

“The kids competed man,” Ball said. “I just wanted to see them compete and stay in it and have fun in the second half. It sure seemed like they did.”

After four weeks, the Rangers are the only winless team in the West Yosemite League.

Redwood opens the grueling WYL gauntlet next week at Lemoore. The Tigers (2-2) are the defending champs.

“Going into league, we’ve competed against the best, so hopefully it’s prepared us for what we have ahead,” Ball said.













First Quarter

C — Brandon Robinson 65 fumble recovery (Jacob Benjamin kick), 8:09

C — Robinson 10 run (Benjamin kick), 4:15

C — Beaty 53 pass from Cesar DeLeon (Benjamin kick), 1:27

Second Quarter

R — Brayden Melvin 42 fumble recovery (Cooper Allen kick), 7:23

C — Robinson 80 run (Benjamin kick), 7:10

C — Cale Jarnagan 1 run (Benjamin kick), 5:51

C — Cedric Crawford 1 run (Brenden Raneka miss), :54

Third Quarter

C — Beaty 65 punt return (Raneka blocked), 9:27

R — Morgan Helin 30 pass from Jordan Brooks (Adam Lechtman kick), 1:15

Fourth Quarter

R — Brooks 21 run (Lechtman kick), 4:08



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RUSHING — Centennial: Brandon Robinson 5-108, Cesar DeLeon 4-10, Cedric Crawford 8-45, Cale Jarnagan 2-4, Elisha Felix 4-12, Monoleto Robinson 5-21. Redwood: Justin Williams 2-8, Frankie Ayon 4-2, Humberto Nunez 3-(minus) 9, Lgoan Shafer 14-21, Jeremy Tayo 1-(minus) 2, Brooks 6-27, Trent Beck 9-8.

PASSING — Centennial: DeLeon 6-7-0 161, Felix 0-1-0. Redwood: Ayon 4-8-1 20, Brooks 5-9-0 110.

RECEIVING — Centennial: Chris Lantay 2-54, Beaty 1-53, Danny Roach 3-56. Redwood: Cooper Allen 1-0, Shafer 2-14, Beck 1-6, Helin 2-49, Alex Gonzalez 1-27, Patrick Vega 1-9.

RECORDS: Redwood 0-4, Centennial 3-1.


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