The Centre High School football team came from behind Friday at Rosalia to defeat Flint Hills, 44-40. They now have a record of 3-2 in district play.
The Cougars led 14-8 after one quarter but were outscored 24-16 in the second quarter to trail 32-30 at halftime.
After Flint Hills added 8 points in the third quarter and held Centre scoreless, the Mustangs led by 10 points. However, the Cougars came back to score 14 points in the fourth quarter. They held Flint Hills scoreless to win by 4 points.
Quarterback Kyle Methvin scored Centre’s first two touchdowns on two-yard and 46- yard runs, respectively. Dakota Stimpson caught a pass from Justin Deines for a two-point conversion.
The second quarter was a flurry of action as 40 points were added to the scoreboard. After a touchdown by Flint Hills, Houston Svoboda had a 60-yard kick return and Terren Thompson caught a pass from Methvin for the conversion.
Flint Hills scored the next two touchdowns, and Methvin scored for Centre on a one-yard run with eight seconds remaining in the quarter. Deines ran for the conversion.
However, Flint Hills wasn’t finished. They scored another touchdown on a long pass as time ran out.
After remaining scoreless in the third quarter, the Cougars faced a 10-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter. Svoboda caught a 15-yard pass from Methvin for a touchdown, and Methvin ran for the two-point conversion to close the gap to 2 points. Deines caught a 55-yard pass from Methvin to score the final touchdown and give Centre the victory.
Statistics showed the two teams were evenly matched. Centre rushed for 95 yards, and Flint Hills rushed for 90 yards. Centre had 212 yards in the air compared with 203 yards by Flint Hills.
Methvin was the leading rusher with 16 carries for 75 yards. Svoboda was nine for 14. Deines was the leading receiver with eight receptions for 115 yards. Svoboda had three receptions for 60 yards.
The Cougars will face the 2011 state champion team, Madison , on Thursday at home for the final district game and the last home game of the season.