PREVIEW: Centennial (1-1) at Bishop Lynch (0-2)

The Bishop Lynch defense held John Curtis (LA) scoreless over the final three quarters of last week's game in Shreveport. (Photo by Preston Patton)
The Bishop Lynch defense held John Curtis (LA) scoreless over the final three quarters of last week's game in Shreveport. (Photo by Preston Patton)

WHO: Bishop Lynch Friars vs Centennial Titans

WHERE: Roffino Stadium, Dallas

WHEN: 7:30 pm, Friday, Sept. 14 

RECORDS: Bishop Lynch (0-2); Centennial (1-1)

LAST GAME: Bishop Lynch lost 21-14 vs John Curtis (LA); Centennial lost 40-34 vs Lake Dallas

RANKINGS: Bishop Lynch is ranked No. 7 in TAPPS Division I; Centennial is unranked





The Titan offense goes primarily through senior quarterback Weston Symes, who has passed for 250 yards and a touchdown and completed 75 percent of his passes (29-of-40), and also is second on the team in rushing with 124 yards and a team-high 3 touchdown runs. Senior running back Byrron Wilson has 144 yards and a pair of scores. A total of 10 receivers have caught balls in the first two games, paced by Jacob Harrelson's team-high 10 receptions. The Titans have lost five turnovers this season, including three interceptions thrown by Symes. Caleb Leal has converted on 7-of-8 PATs but the Titans have yet to attempt a field goal. Centennial is averaging 30.5 points despite gaining just 163.5 yards per game.



The Titans are allowing 23 points and 271 yards per game, limiting Royse City to just 6 points before allowing 40 to Lake Dallas, who gained 426 total yards. Centennial's defense has forced just 2 turnovers – both fumbles – and recorded 3 sacks in two games. Senior linebacker Connor Smith leads the team with 21 tackles while K'sem Brown and Jackson Marshall each have 16. Marshall and senior Trey Varnell each have 1.5 sacks and Ridge Texada has already blocked two field goals this season. Four of the 6 touchdowns surrendered by the defense have come through the air. 



The Friars are still searching for an offensive identity as the team enters the third game of the season, scoring 16.5 points and gaining just 157 yards per contest. The running game has been held to just 1.9 yards per carry and although junior Jordan Hudson has found the end zone 3 times, his team-high 61 rushing yards has come on 26 carries. Penalties have been a major contributor to the unit's struggles, especially in the passing game where sophomore Kaidon Salter continues to seek his first varsity TD pass. Salter has completed 19-of-36 passes for 186 yards with two interceptions. On a positive note, the Friars turned the ball over just once last week after a 5-turnover game in the opener.



If this unit can figure out how to start games the way it ends them, opposing teams won't sniff the end zone. The Friars allowed touchdowns on John Curtis' first three possessions, then followed that with three totally dominant quarters without a point scored. Plae Wyatt continues to be a difference-maker, recovering two fumbles last week, including one returned 105 yards for a score. He also has a team-high 20 tackles. Grayson Murphy, Jayden Evans and Warren Walls each have at least 14 tackles with Walls posting 5 tackles for loss and two sacks.