Photos by DOUG HOSLER
The Centennial Cougars have figured something out about the Henry County Patriots.
Friday’s 21-0 CHS win was the fourth time in two seasons the Cougars (11-1) beat the Patriots (6-5). It was also the second year in a row Centennial knocked its Region 7-5A foe out of the state playoffs.
Just as it has done all season, the Cougars’ defense was dominant. They allowed Henry County to gain just 82 yards of total offense and improved on their 110-yard-per-game average of passing yards going into Friday by giving up just 11 yards through the air.
The Patriot defense was also effective, holding Centennial to just 192 total yards of offense.
The Cougars were able to capitalize with rushing scores by Zyon Lee and Tavion Fleming. Lee led the way with 18 rushes for 55 yards, while Fleming had 39 yards on six carries.
While its offense found it hard at times to move the football, Centennial got scoring contributions in another way. Their third score came on a blocked punt recovered by Ryan Newby in the first quarter.
With the win, the Cougars move on to face Region 7-5A rival Brentwood (8-4) next week at home. The Bruins topped Memphis Central on Friday 34-27.