The Spartans won the seventh rendition of the Battle of the Boot on Friday at Burleson ISD Stadium as Centennial defeated its crosstown rival Burleson 21-7.
The loss spoiled the Elks’ attempt to open a season 6-0 for the first time in more than a decade. Instead, Burleson fell to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in District 5-5A Division II with a trip to perennial power Aledo on the horizon.
The Spartans, who have already faced Aledo this season (a 63-16 loss) kept themselves in the league race by improving to 3-1 (5-1 overall).
Burleson leads the series with Centennial, which began in 2012, 4-3.
Centennial running back Chris Mosley scored two of the Spartans’ touchdowns, the first on a 2-yard pass from quarterback Kyle Burns on their first possession in the first quarter.
After the Elks tied the score at 7 on their opening drive of the second half, midway through the third quarter, Centennial responded with a 36-yard touchdown from Mosley. Backup quarterback Hank Meyer added a security touchdown early in the fourth quarter on a 3-yard run after linebacker Darrell Williams thwarted an Elks drive with an 18-yard interception return to the Burleson 24.
Meyer entered the game after Centennial starting quarterback Kyle Burns left with an injury late in the third quarter.
Also in the fourth quarter, Centennial’s David Robinson put an exclamation point on the victory when he intercepted a pass in the end zone and returned it 44 yards to the Spartans 41. The Elks had gone on a 16-play drive from their own 30.
The Centennial defense forced three turnovers and registered three sacks.
Both teams were prolific on third downs. The Spartans converted eight of 11 attempts and the Elks were 9-for-14. Burleson was also 2-for-2 on fourth down and Centennial converted its only attempt.
Game was over when: Centennial defensive back David Robinson intercepted a Burleson pass in the Spartans end zone and returned it 44 yards to the Centennial 41. It ended a 16-play Burleson drive as the Elks were hoping to pull within a touchdown just under five minutes left in the game.
Play of the game: Centennial linebacker Darrell Williams returned an interception 18 yards to the Burleson 24 late in the third quarter. It set up a 3-yard touchdown run by quarterback Hank Meyer to make the score 21-7.
Offensive player of the game: Centennial running back Chris Mosley scored two touchdowns, one on a 36-yard run and another on a 2-yard pass. He rushed five times for 75 yards.
Defensive player of the game: The entire Centennial defense, which held the Elks to 60 yards rushing, forced three takeaways by three different players, and had several players contribute on three sacks.
Unsung hero of the game: Burleson wide receiver Jacob Moss, who caught nine passes for 184 yards.
What’s next? Burleson travels to Aledo, Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m.; Centennial hosts Cleburne, Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m.