Burros upset Centennial in overtime
By Joe Williams, For the Williamson Herald
Hillsboro intercepted a Centennial pass on the second play of the Cougars’ half of overtime to cap a come-from-behind upset, 28-21 on Homecoming for the Burros.
Centennial opened the game by dominating the line of scrimmage and using a three-play, 70-yard drive to open a quick 7-0 lead in just five minutes when senior quarterback J.J. Tomlin followed his center in from the 1-yard line. A 32-yard pass from Tomlin to Bailey Wisniowski set up a 25-yard Scottie Fleming run that covered most of the yardage in the drive.
With the defense holding the Burros in check, building on last week’s performance that held Shelbyville to negative yardage in the rushing department, the Cougars got the ball back midway in the first quarter. Using a combination of passing and rushing, Tomlin picked up his second score of the night, again from the 1, after Fleming’s catch and run from the Hillsboro 28-yard line was stopped just short of the goal line.
Leading 14-0 late in the first half, the Cougars appeared prepared to be marching to their third score of the night when Hillsboro stepped in front of a Tomlin pass to stop the threat. Though Hillsboro would get no points from the play, it would prove to be the turning point of the game.
Embolden by the sudden stop, the Burros came out in the second half rejuvenated under first-year head coach Craig Clayton, asserting a momentum change on both offense and defense.
Showing a new sense of purpose, the Burros drove the ball to the Cougar 1-yard line before scoring the first of three scores in regulation with just 1:09 left in the third quarter. The Metro school tied the game just four minutes later on a 26-yard run.
The Centennial offense came back on the ensuing drive, with Fleming blistering through the Burro defense for a 46-yard touchdown run. But Hillsboro answered almost immediately, as a short pass turned into a 70-yard touchdown to tie the game again at 21 with five minutes remaining in the game.
The Cougar offense could not stop shooting itself in the foot with penalties on the following drive, giving Hillsboro a chance to grab the lead with less than three minutes to play. With two minutes to play, Alex Sigler came up with a big sack at Hillsboro’s 28 and Sam Underwood stuffed a screen pass on the next play at the Hillsboro 26, forcing the Burros to punt with 1:10 left.
Taking the ball at the Hillsboro 49-yard line, Centennial threw three straight incompletions before punting the ball away. The Burros took a knee to force overtime.
The Nashville squad needed all four plays to get the ball into the end zone from the 10 to open the extra stanza, taking a 28-21 lead on the extra point. On their first play from scrimmage in overtime, Centennial found Tomlin in trouble and scrambling before being dropped for a 19-yard loss. His pass to the left flat on the next play was picked off, ending the contest.
Fleming led the Cougars on the ground with 104 yards on 12 carries. Tomlin finished the night 10 of 17 for 113 yards with two interceptions.
Despite the loss, Centennial will be looking to start another winning streak next week as the Cougars open the Class 5A playoffs.
Posted on: 10/27/2012