WEST FORSYTH 41, CENTENNIAL 24: Knights lose 17-point lead after second-half turnovers

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ROSWELL, Ga. – The Centennial Knights built a 17-0 lead over defending Region 6-AAAAAA champion West Forsyth, but a succession of turnovers in the fourth quarter helped the Wolverines rally for a 41-24 victory last Friday night, Sept. 27.

“We scored on our first three drives and the defense really played well for the first quarter-and-a-half,” Centennial coach Jeff Carlberg said. “We were still up 24-14 in the second half, but we hit a wall.”

The Knights, who were grieving over the death of the father of one of the team’s starters, turned the ball over three times in the second half. All three came in Centennial territory, with the Wolverines needing to go a total of only 70 yards for the three touchdowns.

Centennial quarterback Luke Able was 15 of 25 for 218 yards and three touchdowns, but was intercepted twice in the final period. Able teamed up with Christian Robinson for a 76-yard touchdown in the first period, with Robinson making a sensational leaping catch to gather in the pass. Robinson had five receptions for 129 yards.

Able put the Knights ahead 17-0 on a touchdown pass to Kenyon Russell, but the Wolverines scored twice in the last four minutes of the second period to close within 17-14 at the half. Able and Russell teamed up for another scoring pass in the third quarter.

Carlberg said the game turned late in the second quarter with the Knights (1-1 in Region 6-AAAAAA, 1-4 overall) leading 17-0. The Knights attempted a fake punt they had been working on in practice during the week, and the play caught West Forsyth (1-1, 2-3) by surprise. But Caden Herring slipped making a cut, and came up just short of a first down.

“His shoe just blew out,” Carlberg said, with Herring’s cleats separating from the shoe.

Centennial is off this week and plays next Friday at Lambert (1-1, 2-3).