Coach: Kyle Geller
Last season: 3-7 (2-5 in District 8-4A), no playoffs
Key players: RB Demarcus Williams (5-10, 185); TE Curtis Amos (6-2, 220); DT Reggie Williams (6-2, 295); LB Jacob Sherril (6-1, 185); LB Hunter Donnelly (6-0, 195); LB Sid Irwin (5-11, 215); OL Taner Nichols (6-5, 285); OL Colton Hostetler (6-0, 275); QB Brady Allen (6-1, 170); QB Austin Mortensen (5-11, 175)
The big picture: Burleson Centennial returns the majority of its offense led by Demarcus Williams, who rushed for 1,426 yards and 21 scores last season. The Spartans also bring back an experienced offensive line expected to be the strength of the team. Curtis Amos is a tough matchup for opponents at tight end and is expected to be moved around the formation to take advantage of mismatches. The big question is who will replace standout quarterback Tanner Hodges? For now both Brady Allen and Austin Mortensen will get a look. Allen, the more experienced of the two, is expected to start this week, but Mortensen will play. Geller described Allen as a poised game manager, and Mortensen as an elusive runner. Defensively, the Spartans switched from a 4-3 to a 3-4 alignment to take advantage of an athletic group of linebackers led by Jacob Sherril, who led the team in tackles a season ago and is a physical presence. The concern is in the secondary, where the group has just a single combined start.
Quotable: “We have to be better on defense then we were last year. We have to, in order to be successful. I think we’re more athletic on defense then we were last year so that will help.” — Coach Kyle Geller
“I’m happy with the way these guys work, their attitude and their attitude towards getting better. If we continue to do that we’ll have a chance, we’ll have a chance to make the playoffs and compete for a district championship. A lot of things go into that, but I know we have a shot.” — Geller
Notable: Last year was Centennial’s first in the University Interscholastic League and second in varsity football.
— Jarret Johnson
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