The undefeated Chase Kats managed only one touchdown in the first quarter of Centre’s homecoming game Friday, but they were just getting warmed up. They overpowered the Cougars’ defense and won the game, 56-6.
Chase scored again early in the second quarter and added four more touchdowns to lead 44-6 by halftime. Centre’s six points were scored with 46 seconds remaining in the second quarter. Max Svoboda completed a long run to the Kats’ 38-yard line. After a first down, Dylan Deines caught two passes from quarterback Cole Methvin for 19 yards and a touchdown. Chase returned the kickoff for a touchdown just 12 seconds later and added a quick 8 points.
The beginning of the third quarter proved to be entertaining as Chase recovered a Centre fumble, followed by an interception by Centre’s Xavier Espinoza. The Cougars couldn’t capitalize and were forced to punt. Centre recovered another fumble but turned the ball over on downs before Chase ran 35 yards to score. The Cougars had a first down in their final possession before turning the ball over on downs.
Chase scored again at 2:16 in the quarter, ending the game with a 50-point lead.
Centre rushed for 95 yards compared with 311 by Chase. Svoboda was Centre’s leading rusher with 14 carries for 67 yards. Methvin threw for 80 yards and Deines caught three passes for 50 yards. Bryce Naerebout was the leading tackler with 7 solo tackles and 5 assists.
Centre will play Friday at Wilson. Parents’ Night will be Oct. 29 against Sylvan.