Centennial has the drive to get past Howard at finish, 18-15 Football

September 24, 1993|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

Centennial quarterback Brian Dowell never will forget his first high school touchdown pass.

With 1:13 left in the game yesterday at Centennial, Dowell hit Dominic Dinisio on a fly pattern for a 28-yard touchdown that upset previously unbeaten Howard in the league opener, 18-15. Both teams are now 3-1.

"Dominic wasn't where I thought he'd be, so I just put the ball in an open seam and he showed a lot of instinct by going to the ball," Dowell said. "It was an amazing win. Everything just clicked for us today."

Dowell's touchdown pass capped an 80-yard drive that began with 4:09 left. Dowell, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound junior who was 0-for-2 passing starting the drive, then completed 5-of-6 for 74 yards.

When Centennial's winning drive began Howard still was celebrating an 84-yard touchdown drive that appeared to clinch a victory for the Lions.

That drive featured a 67-yard run on a quarterback sneak by Dalawn Parrish, and ended with a 2-yard touchdown run by Guy Smith. A two-point conversion run by holder Carlton Fox on a busted kick attempt gave the Lions a 15-12 lead.

Centennial held Smith to 58 yards on eight carries.

"We assigned one or two players to Smith on every play," Centennial coach Ed Holshue said. "We always want to take away our opponent's best weapon and make them beat us with someone else. This was a very big win for us because Howard is one of the early favorites in the county race."

Running back Don Culbreth was a workhorse for the Eagles, rushing 20 times for 104 yards.

Culbreth was especially effective on a 72-yard Centennial touchdown drive that began late in the third quarter and put the Eagles ahead, 12-7. He rushed seven times for 34 yards on that drive, which ended with a 5-yard bootleg run by Dowell.

Centennial scored the only touchdown of the first half. It was set up by a snap that sailed over punter Cliff Fraser's head. Centennial took over at Howard's 17-yard line and Culbreth scored on a 17-yard run on second down.

Howard moved the ball much better than Centennial in the first half, but had a 60-yard drive stall at Centennial's 26-yard line when James Carothers sacked Parrish on fourth down. Another 54-yard Howard drive ended on an interception by Joe Lowrance.

Howard drove 64 yards for a touchdown to begin the third quarter and take a 7-6 lead. The Lions had a lucky break on the touchdown play when Scott Strother, who had caught a pass for 3 yards, was hit at the 1-yard line and fumbled into the end zone. Fox recovered the fumble for a Howard TD.

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