MILTON, Ga. — Centennial earned its second straight region win with a 37-21 victory over winless Cambridge (0-5, 0-3) Friday night. The Knights (2-3, 2-1) trailed at the break but scored 17 unanswered points and held Cambridge scoreless in the second half.
Though sizeable and with talent, Centennial’s defense has struggled to stop the oppositions offense this season, allowing 35 points per game entering Friday’s matchup. But the Knights defense found success against the Bears, holding Cambridge to 157 total yards of offense.
Centennial’s offense turned the ball over three times, but strong performances from quarterback Max Brosmer and his receiving core allowed the Knights to rack up 230 yards passing.
Brosmer was 15-18 passing with two touchdowns and an interception.
Brosmer got the scoring started with an 8-yard rushing touchdown to put the Knights up 7-0. Centennial’s Nicky Solomon added a field goal before Cambridge cut the lead to 10-7 with a rushing touchdown from Evan Kuykendall.
Both teams would exchange quick blows, with Cambridge connecting on a 30-yard touchdown pass and the Knights scoring just 18-second later to reclaim the lead.
The Bears led 21-17 at the half after a Tyler Wald 11-yard score, but it would be their last of the game.
Centennial gained the lead with a Julian Nixon score midway through the third quarter, and the one score lead remained until late in the fourth.
The Knights defense forced a punt with five minutes remaining and had to start its drive from their own 6-yard line.
Centennial then put together a 94-yard drive that ate up all but 1:38 off the clock, capped off by a Brosmer to Nixon touchdown pass to lead 37-21.
Needing two quick scores to keep any hope of a comeback alive, Cambridge failed to convert on fourth down deep in Centennial territory in the final minute.
After starting the season with three losses, the Knights now sit tied in third in the Region 7-AAAAAA standings. They will take on the top region team, Chattahoochee (4-1, 3-0), at home this Friday.
Cambridge will continue to seek its first win against Johns Creek (2-3, 2-1) this week on the road. The Bears won a 22-19 thriller over the Gladiators last year.