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Centennial football looks to build on promising start against Oakland Mills

Centennial was faced with its first test of character just minutes into the 2013 season. A fumbled opening kickoff gave the Eagles two choices — feel sorry for themselves or work through the first error.

They chose the latter. Centennial beat Reservoir, 28-7, to win its first opening game since 2008.

The Eagles are a senior-heavy team — there are 26 players in the class of 2014 and only three or four non-senior starters, Coach Todd Kriner said — with a handful of three-year varsity players.

“It’s been a long process but hopefully it comes together for us this year,” Kriner said on the last few rebuilding seasons. The Eagles won six games in the last three seasons combined.

Running back Walter Fletcher rushed for 180 yards with three touchdowns Friday and quarterback Tyler Morris was 10 for 15 passing for 175 yards.

Bishop McNamara's lineman dominates the trenches in memory of his grandfather. (Nathan Bickell for Synthesis/Koubaroulis LLC./The Washington Post)

The Eagles host Oakland Mills on Thursday. Centennial, which had four turnovers in Week 1, can’t afford to give up the ball to the Scorpions’ offense after its 44-point performance against Long Reach last week. Oakland Mills (1-0) scored five touchdowns in the first quarter of 2013, after an 0-10, 64-point season in 2012.

“We can’t keep giving them the ball,” Kriner said. “We’ve got to maintain possession.”

Around the area

Two low-scoring games stood out in Howard in Week 1: River Hill’s 7-3 win against Glenelg and Howard’s 13-10 victory over Wilde Lake. This week pits the losing teams in both matchups against each other at Wilde Lake. Wildecat senior quarterback Spencer Ampofo comes off a 9 for 14, 110-yard game and the Gladiators will need to watch out for senior free safety Malik Jackson (eight total tackles). The 3A East schools last met in Week 3 of the 2011 season and Glenelg took that win, 28-8. Howard (1-0) travels to No. 15 Atholton(1-0), Long Reach (0-1) meets Hammond (1-0) at home, Marriotts Ridge (0-1) plays at No. 9 River Hill (1-0) and Reservoir (0-1) is at Mount Hebron (0-1).

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