Elk River had a blocked punt in the first half and led 14-7 early before fading against Centennial in a 31-14 defeat the the Cougar homecoming on Friday night.
Travis Rogness of the Elks blocked this punt by Centennial's Adam Dumas in the first quarter, leading to the game's first touchdown. (Photo by ErikJacobson)
A blocked punt helped Elk River play a strong first half against Centennial but the Cougars took charge in the second half and beat the Elks 31-14 on Friday night.
Matt Sullivan sprints into the end zone for a 8-yard touchdown in the first quarter. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)
Travis Rogness blocked a punt by Adam Dumas in the first quarter. Aaron Chounard scooped up the ball with a clear field in front of him but Dumas caught him at the Centennial 20. The Elks still got the touchdown on an eight-yard run by Matt Sullivan.
Centennial, celebrating its Homecoming, responded with a big pass play on a 4th-and-2 at the Elk 40. Ryan Matrious got wide open and hauled in a pass from Tim Lund for the score.
The Elks regained a 14-7 lead on Mike Hoaglund's 20-yard run. Centennial tied it 14-14 by halftime on Jeff Burns' 12-yard run.
Centennial (2-3) blanked the Elks (1-4) in the second half. They pulled ahead 21-14 on a 27-yard run by Josh Johnson in the third quarter and made a back-breaking drive that consumed over six minutes in the fourth quarter. Lund's one-yard run made it 28-14.
The Elks were stopped on a fourth-down play at their own 20 and Centennial tacked on a 32-yard field goal by Brandon Hertog.
Elk River will host Osseo next Friday.
Centennial 31, Elk River 14
Elk River (1-4) ……. 7 7 0 0 — 14
Centennial (2-3) …. 7 7 7 10 — 31
ER—Matt Sullivan 8 run (Taylor Berger kick)
Cen—Ryan Matrious 40 pass from Tim Lund (Brandon Hertog kick)
ER—Mike Hoaglund 20 run (Berger kick)
Cen—Jeff Burns 12 run (Hertog kick)
Cen—Josh Johnson 27 run (Hertog kick)
Cen—Lund 1 run (Hertog kick)
Cen—Hertog 32 field goal