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High school football: Centennial beats John Marshall to clinch playoff spot

Centennial is going to the playoffs for the first time in school history, finishing the regular season with a 6-4 record and 3-3 record in District 3A-3 to claim the final playoff spot.
by Jacob Unruh Published: November 7, 2013
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photo - John Marshall's Joseph Shells tackles Centennial's Cornelus McKiver during a high school football game between John Marshall and Centennial High School at Spencer High School in Oklahoma City,  Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
John Marshall's Joseph Shells tackles Centennial's Cornelus McKiver during a high school football game between John Marshall and Centennial High School at Spencer High School in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

But then Centennial rattled off two touchdowns in the fourth on a 12-yard run by Steven Perry and Perez's interception return to overcome the sloppiness.

“We put a model together about three weeks ago and said whatever it takes, scratch and claw but we've got to get in,” Centennial coach Don Willis said. “We wanted it so much for the kids. That's what we talked about all year, ‘Let's do something that's never been done.'”

Mitchell finished with 95 yards on 15 carries and completed 13 of 23 passes for 105 yards. The Bison had just 183 total yards of offense, though, leaving the defense to lead the way.

John Marshall was held to just 149 yards of offense and Centennial came away with four turnovers. John Marshall star receiver Devion Smith never really got going, either, being limited to two fourth-quarter catches for 38 yards.

“All I told them was we got to stay hyped every play,” Mitchell said. “Be aggressive with them. We've got to be headhunters on defense.”

John Marshall finishes the season 4-6 and one win shy of the playoffs just one season after finishing 0-10.

“We prepared hard all year and the guys are just now understanding commitment,” first-year John Marshall coach Rashuan Woods said. “I feel like this is a positive season even though we didn't get to the playoffs. From where we've come from, we've come a long way and I'm proud of the guys.”

by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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