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Clarksville, TN – Clarksville High’s football team dropped its fourth straight game to open its 2013 campaign, September 13th at Hilda J. Richardson Field, with a 45-14 loss to Centennial High School.
For the Wildcats (0-4, 0-1 District 10-AAA), it marks the first time since the 1995 season that they would open year with four straight defeats
Lawrenz Guerra would get Clarksville High off to a quick start, as the senior running back took the first handoff of the night and went 67 yards for a touchdown to put the Wildcats up 7-0 – after Mason Gasaway’s extra-point – just 27 seconds into the game.The Wildcats defense would force the Cougars to punt on its first possession, but senior Derwin Whitt had the punt go off his hands deep in Clarksville territory, with Centennial’s Kevon Prince recovering the ball at the CHS 16.
The Cougars would take advantage of the miscue three plays later with Emanuel Hall catching what would be the first of four TD passes from Owen Roth in the game – this one from 14 yards out to tie the game 7-7 with 7:43 left in the opening quarter.
Hall would finish with five catches for 84 yards and four TD’s.
After a three-and-out by Clarksville on its next possession, Centennial would get great field position to start its next drive, getting the ball at the CHS 33 yard line after an eight yard punt by the Wildcats.
Eight plays later, Roth found Hall for a 16-yard touchdown to put the Cougars up 14-7 at the 2:13 mark of the first quarter.
The Wildcats couldn’t manage a first down on its next drive and had to punt the ball back to Centennial, right before the end of the first quarter.
The Cougars would then go on a thirteen-play drive, capped off by a Hall 6-yard TD pass from Roth, with 7:22 left before intermission.
Clarksville High would cut it back to a one-score game two drives later, with Guerra scoring his second touchdown of the night on the ground, this one coming from 15-yards out, with 1:42 left in the first half to make it 21-14.
Guerra finished with 101 yards rushing on nine carries.
Centennial would tack on three points right before the end of the half, with Nick Madonia kicking a 32-yard field goal with 5.3 second left, to give the Cougars a 24-14 advantage at halftime.
The first came in the third quarter on a 15-yard run by Deon Sanders, who led all rushers with 151 yards on 33 carries, at the 4:57 mark.
Hall would catch his fourth and final touchdown at the 6:09 mark of the fourth quarter – from 13 yards out – while the Cougars defense scored the final TD of the night with 54 seconds remaining on a five-yard fumble return by Rasean McLemore.
Clarksville High returns to District 10-AAA play September 20th, as they travel to Northeast High School for a 7:00pm matchup.
Centennial 45, Clarksville 14
Chris Austin is a graduate of Clarksville High School and Austin Peay State University.
Chris is a former Head Softball Coach for APSU, and assistant basketball coach for CHS.
Chris has worked at the Leaf-Chronicle, and WJZM News/Talk/Sports radio. Has also worked at the Sports Information Department at APSU, and has covered championship events for the Ohio Valley Conference and NCAA.
Chris is an avid sports fan and can be found at most Austin Peay State University sports events.
TopicsCentennial High School, CHS, Clarksville, Clarksville High, Clarksville High School, Clarksville TN, Cougars, Deon Sanders, Derwin Whitt, District 10-AAA, Emanuel Hall, Field Goal, Hilda J. Richardson Field, Kevon Prince, Lawrenz Guerra, Mason Gasaway, Nick Madonia, Northeast High School, Owen Roth, Rasean McLemore, Topics Centennial, Touchdown, Wildcats
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