When you score on every possession in the first half, that tends to be a good formula for winning. Centerville did just that on their way to a 69-20 runaway win against Saydel on windy Friday night.
The Big Reds scored touchdowns on all seven of their offensive possessions in the first half while recovering two Saydel fumbles as part of four forced turnovers on the night.
Senior quarterback Quinton Koestner had four total touchdowns in the first quarter (three rushing, one passing). He had touchdown runs on all three of his carries of 10, 25 and 18 yards while connecting with Trent McCann on a beautiful 24-yard touchdown pass on a go-route up the left sideline.
Koestner was responsible for Centerville’s first four touchdowns, finishing the night with 53 yards rushing on just three carries while completing three of his four passes for 43 yards.
McCain Oden then joined in on the fun, scoring the Big Reds’ next three touchdowns on the ground. Those touchdown runs were four, 40 and 34 yards, respectively, usually slicing through the Saydel defense sometimes even untouched.
After Oden’s third touchdown, one Saydel player had enough as he was on top of a Centerville lineman throwing punches after the play, resulting in an ejection. It was the second year in a row a Saydel player had been ejected in a game against Centerville.
Oden had 12 carries for 188 yards on the night putting him at 950 yards on the season, good for first in the district and eighth in Class 2A. With 50 yards on Friday against PCM, Oden would be the third player in school history to rush for over 1,000 yards.
Centerville led 42-0 after the first quarter and would put their backups in for the remainder of the way, giving the younger players some quality varsity snaps while keeping their starters healthy for next week’s regular season finale.
Sophomore quarterback Sawyer Wardlow picked up a pair of touchdowns in the first half. His first was six-yard run before hitting Caden Sales deep for a 43-yard touchdown just before the half to put Centerville ahead 63-6 after two quarters of play.
Saydel added a couple of scores right out of the gate in the second half taking the kickoff back for a touchdown before recovering an onside kick and quickly scoring again.
Centerville’s lone score of the second half was a Wardlow swing pass to Cade Mosley for an 11-yard touchdown.
Kids rushed on the field after the game as everyone was happy for paper hat night where the little boys and girls could get the autographs of their favorite players.
Centerville’s 69 points are the most they’ve scored in the QuikStats era (since 2008), beating out the 62 points they scored against Saydel last year.
Three straight wins for the Big Reds and shocking Des Moines Christian loss to Chariton means that Centerville’s district title hopes are still alive. With a win this week and a very unlikely Des Moines Christian loss to Saydel, Centerville would take the district title.
Centerville (5-3, 3-1) will celebrate senior night this week with a showdown against PCM (6-2, 3-1) at Paul Johnson Field on Friday at 7 p.m.
Centerville 69, Saydel 20
SAY 0 6 14 0
CEN 42 21 0 6
CEN — Koestner 10-yard rushing TD. PAT is good (7-0, 10:59)
CEN — Koestner pass to McCann for 24-yard TD. PAT is good (14-0, 9:31)
CEN — Koestner 25-yard rushing TD. PAT is good (21-0, 7:12)
CEN — Koestner 18-yard rushing TD. PAT is good (28-0, 5:49)
CEN — Oden 4-yard rushing TD. PAT is good (35-0, 3:29)
CEN — Oden 40-yard rushing TD. PAT is good (42-0, 1:15)
CEN — Oden 34-yard rushing TD. PAT is good (49-0, 8:14)
CEN — Wardlow 6-yard rushing TD. PAT is good (56-0, 3:45)
SAY — Pyles pass to #26 for 41-yard TD. PAT is no good (56-6, 1:43)
CEN — Wardlow pass to C. Sales for 43-yard TD. PAT is good (63-6, 0:05)
SAY — Kickoff return for TD. 2PC is no good (63-12, 11:44)
SAY — #26 47-yard rushing TD. 2PC is good (63-20, 11:03)
CEN — Wardlow pass to Mosley for 11-yard TD. PAT is no good (69-20, 6:30)
Centerville Individual Stats
Passing — Wardlow 5/6 110 yards 2 TDs, Koestner 3/4 43 yards 1 TD
Rushing — M. Oden 12-188 3 TDs, Wardlow 10-72 1 TD, Koestner 3-53 3 TDs, Mosley 10-35, Watts 1-8, Carson 1-1, W. Oden 1-(-3)
Receiving — C. Sales 1-43 1 TD, Mosley 3-34, Watts 1-33, McCann 1-24 1 TD, Carson 2-19
Top-three tackles — Susin 5, W. Oden 4.5, Jewett 4, Sedgwick 4
Sacks — Jewett 1.5, W. Oden 1, Susin 1, Micetich 0.5
Interceptions-Return — Johnson 1-0, P. Sales 1-0
Fumble Recoveries-Return — Micetich 1-0, W. Oden 1-0