Southern Sports & Travel
It wasn't the familiar setting that both Centreville and Parklane are used to as the two met for a 10:30 am kickoff Saturday morning at Centreville due to Hurricane Isaac forcing the delay of the scheduled Friday night start but after spotting Parklane a 12-0 halftime lead Class AA top ranked Centreville shut the Pioneers down in the second half and earned a 13-12 win behind 137 yards rushing from senior tailback Randy Bell.
"We had a hard time getting everyone to the school on time and it seemed as though they were still asleep in the first half," said assistant head coach Brian Stutzman.
Centreville scored on a Randy Bell (file photo left) 26 yard scamper with 3:30 remaining in the third quarter to narrow the deficit to 12-7 and took their first lead of the contest at the 6:19 mark of the fourth quarter when senior tailback Colton Terrell ran in from 28 yards out to give the Tigers a 13-12 advantage.
Centreville sealed the win on a Randy Bell interception of a Brady Lea pass attempt from deep inside Parklane territory and time running out.
"We woke up in the second half," said Stutzman. "Our defense played lights out the entire game and kept us in it early. We did a great job of controlling field position."
Bell picked up his 137 yards rushing on 19 carries while Terrell added 39 yards on 10 carries.
Sophomore quarterback Casey Haygood passed for 53 yards.
"They don't come any better than Randy Bell," said Stutzman. "He ran hard each time he touched the football and gave us 110% on both sides of the ball."
Parklane quarterback Brady Lea was held to 57 yards rushing on 17 carries and went 6/18 for 138 yards through the air.
Centreville improves to 3-0 and will make the short trip to take on WCCA next Friday. "We can't go in over confident against WCCA," said Stutzman. "They have a solid squad and play us tough every time we play them."
Parklane suffered its' first loss of the season falling to 2-1 following last week's 26-0 shutout of Oak Forest. The Pioneers will host Brookhaven next week.