ARLINGTON Burleson Centennial’s Jailon Freeman broke up a pass in the end zone as time expired to preserve the Spartans’ 31-27 District 9-5A victory over Arlington Seguin on Thursday at Wilemon Field.
The Spartans (5-1, 2-1 9-5A) took the 31-27 lead with a 3:40 to play on a punishing 36-yard run by Payton Strambler. The senior quarterback broke numerous tackles on the way to the end zone.
Seguin (4-2, 2-1), which had taken a 27-24 lead with 4:54 left on an 8-yard run by Vertis Garrett, moved the ball to the Centennial 19 on its final possession. But a sack by Andrew Walker on second down had the Cougars facing a fourth-and-15 at the Spartans 24. Centennial finished off Seguin when Mykelti Carelock’s final pass was knocked down just inside the goal line.
Carelock, a receiver who took over at quarterback after the first possession of the game, had a big night for Seguin, running for 219 yards and three scores on 20 carries. He also completed 12 of 18 passes for 166 yards.
Leading 17-14 at halftime, the Spartans took a 24-14 lead when Strambler scored from 3 yards out.
Carelock proved impossible to bring down on the Cougars’ next possession turning a third-and-long situation into an 80-yard scoring jaunt where he broke free down the far sideline and ended up scoring racing down the near sideline. The touchdown cut the lead to 24-20 in the third quarter.
Centennial gained all of its yards rushing the ball. The Spartans carried 49 times for 341 yards. Darrell Williams paced them with 109 yards and touchdown on 16 attempts. Kelton Tezeno carried six times for 94 yard. Strambler scored twice and ran for 76 yards on 18 carries.
Inserting Carelock to quarterback paid dividends immediately as he capped a nine-play, 89-yard drive with a 19-yard scoring run for a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.
Centennial scored on its next two possessions as Ryan Reid booted a 39-yard field goal and Jonathan Reed scored on a 20-yard run to give the Spartans a 10-7 lead.
Carelock put the Cougars ahead 14-10 with 10-yard run.
Centennial regained the lead when Williams scored from 57 yards out.