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Centennial coach goes for the win and gets it

Taylor Crowleys two-point conversion catch with 1:11 to play lands the Eagles a 29-28 win over Barlow


by: THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Centennial linebacker Miles Logan returns to the sideline after recovering a fumble in the third quarter Friday night. Centennial overcame a 16-point deficit in the fourth quarter Friday night to beat Barlow on a make-or-break call with 1:11 to play.

Trailing 28-27 after Taylor Crowley caught a 23-yard touchdown pass down the sideline, Centennial coach Chris Knudsen called timeout and weighed his options for the point after.

“We had a special two-point play that we’ve practiced every week for the last couple years and never used in a game,” Knudsen said. “We had a lot of confidence in that, and I didn’t want to go into overtime.”

Barlow’s defense broke up the play, but Centennial QB Bobby Craswell rolled to his right giving his receivers a few precious seconds to get open. Crowley did just that finding a hole in the back of the end zone, and reaching high above his head to pull down the catch and the winning points.

Centennial improved to 3-0 in league and remains atop the MHC standings.

Barlow still had a chance, putting together an impressive 12-play drive over the final minute that took the ball inside Centennial’s 5-yard line. But a field goal attempt with 0:08 on the clock went wide right.

In other MHC action…

Reynolds 48, David Douglas 25

Central Catholic 47, Gresham 5

View a photo gallery from the Centennial-Barlow game at …

http://daveball.exposuremanager.com/g/oct4_centennial__barlow_football

Look for expanded game coverage in the Tuesday, Oct. 8, print edition.




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