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Oakland-Craig vs. Centennial, prep football, 11.9.18

Centennial quarterback Wyatt Ehlers (22) shakes off Oakland-Craig defenders Tyson Harney (55) and Wyatt Seagren (81) to score the Broncos' first touchdown in the first quarter Friday during a Class C-2 state semifinal at Centennial High School.

UTICA — Centennial has been there, done that.

Well, almost.

Now, the Broncos will get another chance at the Class C-2 state football championship after topping previously unbeaten Oakland-Craig 35-14 Friday night at frigid Centennial High.

"One more chance is all we wanted," said Centennial quarterback Wyatt Ehlers, who has quarterbacked the Broncos to three undefeated regular seasons, and now gives his team a chance to take another step after last year's runner-up finish to Yutan.

Ehlers did his share with a touchdown run, two touchdown passes, a fumble return for a touchdown, an interception and 19 carries for 150 yards.

"Not me," he said. "This family. Notice I said 'family,' not team because we're family. We play for each other and we practice for each other."

Centennial (12-0) opened the scoring on a 16-play, 50-yard drive after picking up an Oakland-Craig fumble.

Ehlers scored on a 15-yard run to cap the nine-minute drive.

Oakland-Craig, which finished 11-1, tied the game on a 10-play drive that ended with a 2-yard run by Robby Mayberry midway in the second quarter.

Centennial answered quickly on a four-play drive that included a 27-yard run by Sid Farley and a 20-yard run by Ehlers to set up Farley's 3-yard touchdown run.

"We had something going and a stop and it just made all the difference in the world," said Centennial coach Evan Klanecky. "Our defense was really fired up."

Centennial forced a three-and-out, and seven plays later, Ehlers hit Max Tomes on a 35-yard touchdown pass to boost the lead to 21-7 before halftime.

"We were in this game, even with that late touchdown," Knights coach Joe Anderson said. "We came out in the second half and had a great drive but we didn't score. OK, we told the kids. Keep going. We got things going again."

Garrison Dodge intercepted a pass and Oakland-Craig scored in five plays on an 8-yard run by Jefferson McNeill to cut the gap to 21-14 early in the fourth quarter.

"We'd been in tussles and we weren't overly concerned ... yet," said Klanecky. "That got our kids going and we really finished well."

Ehlers hit Caleb Horne on a 26-yard touchdown pass, then scooped and scored on s 45-yard fumble return.

"I kind of like scoring on defense," said Ehlers. "We get a lot of chances because our defensive line is always putting pressure on. It's kind of like our offensive line making things work for all of us with the ball on offense.

"A lot of us have played together a long time," Ehlers said. "Four years for a lot of us seniors, and we believe."

Klanecky said his offense has matured under Ehlers this season.

"We had so much success by kind of opening things up for him this year because he can run and he can throw," he said. "We figured out we'd have to air the ball out tonight and Wyatt and our receivers delivered. That set up everything else."

CENTENNIAL 35, OAKLAND-CRAIG 14

Oakland-Craig --14 
Centennial14 14  --35 

CEN--Ehlers 15 run. (Saunders kick).

OC--Mayberry 2 run. (Pille kick).

CEN--Farley 3 run. (Saunders kick).

CEN--Tomes 35 pass from Ehlers. (Saunders kick).

OC--McNeill 8 run. (Pille kick).

CEN--Horne 26 pass from Ehlers. (Saunders kick).

CEN--Ehlers 45 fumble return. (Saunders kick).

 OCCen
First downs14 17 
Rushes-yards43-186 31-204 
Passing yards45 123 
Passing6-16-1 14-19-0 
Fumbles-lost26 45 
Penalties-yards6-47 5-40 
Return yards4-3 1-0 

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

RUSHING--OC, Mayberry 25-104, Meyer 3-10, Mulder 4-9, McNeill 10-66, Ddge 1-(-3). Centennial, Ehlers 19-150, Farley 10-56, Horne 1-0.

PASSING--OC, Mulder 6-16-1, 45. Centennial, Ehlers 14-19-0, 123.

RECEIVING--OC, Mayberry 2-11, Dodge 1-10, Seagren 1-9, McNeill 2-15. Centennial, Hirschfeld 6-28, Tomes 6-54, Bargen 1-11, Horne 1-24.

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