Centreville makes statement, wins big

Published 12:40 am Saturday, November 8, 2014

A lot of people who attended Friday night’s MAIS Class AA State quarterfinal round game between No. 9 seed River Oaks School and No. 1 seed Centreville Academy were probably expecting to see a good game between two teams with postseason success.

What they got, however, was just the opposite. Led by Tyler Caston, Casey Haygood and Chase Hughes, the Tigers jumped out to a 42-0 lead and cruised to a 52-20 win over the Mustangs.

“Great win for us. We played good on offense and defense,” Centreville assistant coach Brian Stutzman said. “We dominated the first part of the game. It was a good win for us.”

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Hughes scored on a 28-yard touchdown run at the 8:37 mark of the first quarter. Haygood connected with Caston on a 10-yard touchdown pass with 3:03 to go in the opening quarter. Austen Addington finished off the first quarter scoring with a 16-yard touchdown run with 1:09 remaining to give the Tigers a 21-0 lead.

A 22-yard touchdown run by Hughes gave Centreville (11-1) a 28-0 lead with 8:29 left in the second quarter. John Marcus McDowell scored on a 7-yard run with 6:54 remaining for a 35-0 lead. Caston scored on a 27-yard run with 3:26 to go in the first half that would give the Tigers a commanding 42-0 advantage.

Hughes finished with 79 yards on seven carries while Addington had 54 yards rushing on six carries. Haygood completed seven of nine passes for 130 yards. Caston had three catches for 67 yards and Jordan Clark had three receptions for 46 yards and a touchdown.

“We mixed it good tonight,” Stutzman said. “We tried to stay balanced. The line blocked well. We threw the ball well and the receivers caught it.”

Not to be outdone, Centreville’s defense had an outstanding performance. The Tigers held a good River Oaks offense to just eight first downs and 193 yards of total offense.

“Parker Doughty played hard at linebacker and the defensive line played good,” Stutzman said. “Most of their yards came against our second-team defense.”

River Oaks’ (7-5) Colton Cormane ran in from five yards out. After Clark scored on a 20-yard TD pass from Haygood with 1:00 left until halftime, the Mustangs responded when Jacob Griggs returned the ensuing kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown just 13 seconds later.

Centreville Academy will play host to No. 5 seed Canton Academy next Friday in a semifinal-round game. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. Canton Academy upset No. 4 seed Riverfield Academy 35-13.