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Centennial Stars continue to rack up ‘firsts’ in record-setting season; dethrones Northland to clinch City North title on 1ST & GOAL

 

 

Kelvin Gilliam Centennial DE was named Roadrunner Tires & Brake co-Player of the Game

 

Jaylen Gilbert QB Centennial was named Roadrunner Tires & Brake co-Player of the Game

POSTGAME INTERVIEWS WITH JOSH CASSINGER

Donte Goolsby Centennial Football coach after clinching City North Division 10 25 2019

Jaylen Gilbert Centennial QB Roadrunner Tires & Brake Player of the Game 10 25 2019

Kelvin Gilliam DE TE Centennial Roadrunner Tires & Break co-Player of the Game 10 25 2019

In a season of ‘firsts’, the Centennial Stars had a lot of expectations coming into 2019!

They had never beaten Beechcroft; never beaten Northland; never won a City League North Division title and never have had an OHSAA Playoff berth.

Last Friday night, they dethroned two-time Columbus City League North Division champion Northland Vikings 33-7 for the first time ever.

With the win, Centennial ups its record to 8-1, 5-0 in the North Division.

What’s more unbelievable, is that the veteran Stars team beat both of the perennial kingpins of the North Division on their own football fields.

Coming into the game coach Donte Goolsby knew they had to contain future Kentucky Wildcat Kalil Branham as he is electric with the ball in his hands. Led by his 13 tackles and 4 TFLs Kelvin Gilliam put a lot of pressure and forced Branham to under 110 yards of total offense.

Kalil Branham Northland QB/WR, had trouble cracking the Stars defense with long runs as he is accustomed to doing every week (Megasportsnews.com photo)

On offense for Centennial, it wasn’t the strong arm of Jaylen Gilbert which is expected but it was his legs with 13 carries, 80 yards and adding 3 touchdowns and Luchene Davis added 23 carries 147 yards and 2 touchdowns.

One thing the Stars have done all year while knocking down those doors of ‘firsts’, is they have taken it one game at a time.

Heading to Week 10, is a game against their arch-rivals, the Whetstone Braves on the road. Win that game and they will most definitely earn a berth in the OHSAA Division III, Region 11 Playoff Ratings with a 9-1 record. Currently, they sit 7th and would face Plain City Jonathan Alder, who is 2nd on the road if the playoffs started today.

 

 

 

 

PHOTOS AND GRAPHICS BY Josh Cassinger

The Rundown for Week 9 in the NFL

 

PGAME PREVIEWS, FEATURES WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

NFL Week 9: What to Look For

GOLD STANDARD: The SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (7-0) enter Week 9 as the lone undefeated team in the NFC, led by a defense which allows a league-low 224.4 total yards per game. Since their bye in Week 4, San Francisco’s defense has limited Cleveland to 78 net passing yards in Week 5, held the Los Angeles Rams to 48 in Week 6, allowed 50 net passing yards in Washington in Week 7 and held Carolina to 100 in Week 8.

By allowing 100 or fewer total net passing yards on Thursday Night Football against Arizona (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFLN/Amazon), San Francisco would become the fifth team in the Super Bowl era and first since the 1973 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS to limit opponents to 100 or fewer total net passing yards in five consecutive games in a single season.

The teams with the most consecutive games allowing 100 or fewer total net passing yards in a single season in the Super Bowl era:

TEAM SEASON(S) CONSECUTIVE GAMES  
New England 1973 5  
Minnesota 1969 5  
Detroit 1967 5  
Green Bay 1967 5  
       
San Francisco 2019 4*  
*Active streak

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DOMINATING ROOKIE PASS RUSHERS: Jacksonville, who ranks third in the NFL with 29 sacks in 2019, and San Francisco, who ranks fourth with 27, feature rookie pass rushers JOSH ALLEN and NICK BOSA, who each lead their team with seven sacks – tied for the most among rookies in the NFL this season.

If Allen (vs. Houston at Wembley Stadium in London, 9:30 AM ET, NFLN) or Bosa (at Arizona, 8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFLN/Amazon) combine for at least one sack in Week 9, they would surpass JULIUS PEPPERS and JOHN HENDERSON (14 combined sacks in 2002) for the most combined sacks by a pair of rookies through the first nine weeks of a season since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic.

The most combined sacks by a pair of rookies through the first nine weeks of a season since 1982:

SEASON PLAYER TEAM SACKS PLAYER TEAM SACKS COMBINED SACKS  
2019 Josh Allen Jacksonville 7* Nick Bosa San Francisco 7* 14*  
2002 Julius Peppers Carolina 9 John Henderson Jacksonville 5 14  
2006 Mark Anderson Chicago 7.5 Elvis Dumervil Denver 6 13.5  
1986 Charles HaleyHOF San Francisco 7 Leslie O’Neal San Diego 6.5 13.5  
*Through Week 8

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LEADING THE PACK: With the season reaching its midpoint, a pair of Jacksonville Jaguars lead the AFC in both rushing and receiving. Running back LEONARD FOURNETTE leads the AFC with 791 rushing yards, while Jaguars wide receiver D.J. CHARK leads the conference with 660 receiving yards.

On Sunday at Wembley Stadium in London against Houston (9:30 AM ET, NFLN), Fournette and Chark could become the first pair of teammates to lead either conference in both rushing and receiving through the first nine weeks of a season since Philadelphia Eagles teammates LESEAN MCCOY (777 yards) and DESEAN JACKSON (823 yards) led the NFC in rushing and receiving through Week 9 in 2013.

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DUAL-THREAT: In Weeks 6 and 7, Baltimore quarterback LAMAR JACKSON became the first quarterback to rush for at least 100 yards and a touchdown in back-to-back games in NFL history, and joined MICHAEL VICK (2004, 2006) and RUSSELL WILSON (2014) as the only quarterbacks to have three games with at least 100 rushing yards in a single season in NFL history.

With one rushing yard on Sunday Night Football against New England (8:20 PM ET, NBC), Jackson, who leads the NFL in rushing average (6.94, min. 50 attempts) and leads all quarterbacks with 576 rushing yards, would surpass Vick (576 yards in 2006) for the most rushing yards by a quarterback through his team’s first eight games of a season in NFL history.

The quarterbacks with the most rushing yards through their team’s first eight games of a season in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON RUSHING YARDS
Lamar Jackson Baltimore 2019 576*
Michael Vick Atlanta 2006 576
Bobby Douglass Chicago 1972 556
*In seven games    

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AIR & GROUND ATTACK: Since entering the NFL in 2016, Dallas quarterback DAK PRESCOTT has recorded 15 games with both a passing touchdown and rushing touchdown, the most in the league over that span.

With both a passing and rushing touchdown on Monday Night Football against the New York Giants (8:15 PM ET, ESPN), Prescott would tie DAUNTE CULPEPPER (16 games) for the second-most games with both a passing and rushing touchdown in a player’s first four seasons in NFL history.

The players with the most games with both a passing and rushing touchdown in their first four seasons in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM GAMES WITH PASS & RUSH TD
Cam Newton Carolina 24
Daunte Culpepper Minnesota 16
Dak Prescott Dallas 15*
*In fourth season  

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WILL GORE MOVE UP FROM FOUR?: Buffalo running back FRANK GORE ranks fifth in NFL history in scrimmage yards (19,014) and fourth in rushing yards (15,170).

With 100 rushing yards on Sunday vs. Washington (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Gore would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer BARRY SANDERS (15,269) for the third-most rushing yards in NFL history.

The players with the most rushing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) RUSHING YARDS
Emmitt SmithHOF Dallas, Arizona 18,355
Walter PaytonHOF Chicago 16,726
Barry SandersHOF Detroit 15,269
Frank Gore San Francisco, Indianapolis, Miami, Buffalo 15,170


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RACKING UP YARDS: Carolina running back CHRISTIAN McCAFFREY had 155 scrimmage yards (117 rushing, 38 receiving) against San Francisco in Week 8, his fifth game with at least 150 scrimmage yards in 2019.

With at least 150 scrimmage yards on Sunday against Tennessee (1:00 PM ET, CBS), McCaffrey would become the third player to have at least 150 scrimmage yards in six of his team’s first eight games of a season in NFL history.

The players with the most games with at least 150 scrimmage yards in their teams’ first eight games of a season in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON GAMES WITH 150+ SCRIMMAGE YARDS
Jim BrownHOF Cleveland 1963 6
Matt Forte Chicago 2011 6
       
Christian McCaffrey Carolina 2019 5*
*Through seven games    

Additionally, McCaffrey, who has 2,268 rushing yards and 1,861 receiving yards in 39 career games, needs 139 receiving yards to become the first player with at least 2,000 rushing yards and 2,000 receiving yards in his first 40 career games in NFL history.

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HUNTING NUMBER 50: Minnesota defensive end DANIELLE HUNTER has recorded at least one sack in four consecutive games and ties for fourth in the NFL with eight sacks in 2019.

Hunter, who will be 25 years and five days old on Sunday, needs two sacks against Kansas City (1:00 PM ET, FOX) to become the youngest player to reach 50 career sacks since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic.

The youngest players to reach 50 career sacks since 1982:

PLAYER TEAM AGE
Robert Quinn St. Louis Rams 25 years, 167 days
J.J. Watt Houston 25 years, 260 days
Derrick ThomasHOF Kansas City 25 years, 291 days
Dwight Freeney Indianapolis 25 years, 302 days
     
Danielle Hunter Minnesota 25 years, 5 days*
*On Sunday  

– NFL –

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

NFL enters Week 9 and Second Half of 2019 Season

To help celebrate the NFL’s 100th season, each week will feature an NFL 100 Game of the Week. Each game is a nod to a momentous game played, a fierce rivalry that spans decades, a matchup of original teams and/or a game in which history was made . The NFL has designated Sunday’s matchup between the MINNESOTA VIKINGS and the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS as the NFL100 Game of the Week in a rematch of Super Bowl IV. On January 11, 1970, Kansas City defeated Minnesota 23-7 in front of 80,562 fans at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans for their first Super Bowl win. The Chiefs built a 16-0 halftime lead, as Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback LEN DAWSON completed 12 of 17 passes, including a 46-yard touchdown pass to OTIS TAYLOR for the Chiefs final touchdown, and was named the game’s most valuable player. Kansas City’s defense held Minnesota to 67 rushing yards and forced five turnovers (three interceptions, two fumble recoveries) in the victory.

The NFL’s 100th season enters the second half as the calendar turns to November. At the season’s midpoint, there are nine teams with a .700 or better winning percentage and four teams with a record of 7-1 or better, including the undefeated NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (8-0) and SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (7-0). Since 1990, when the current 12-team playoff format was adopted, 97 percent (64 of 66) of teams to start 7-1 or better advanced to the postseason.

Since 2000, 50 teams have advanced to the postseason with a .500 or below winning percentage through their first eight games. Last season, five such teams qualified for the playoffs: Baltimore (4-4), Dallas (3-5), Indianapolis (3-5), Philadelphia (4-4) and Seattle (4-4).

Young quarterbacks and close games have highlighted the first two months of the 2019 season. Through the first eight weeks, 99 of 121 games (81.8 percent) have featured at least one quarterback under the age of 27, the most at this point in a season in league history. In total, quarterbacks under the age of 27 have started 130 games and recorded 69 wins (53.1 percent), both the most starts and wins by quarterbacks under the age of 27 through the first eight weeks of a season since at least 1970.

MOST GAMES STARTED BY QBS
UNDER AGE 27, THROUGH WEEK 8
MOST WINS BY STARTING QBS UNDER
AGE 27, THROUGH WEEK 8
SEASON GAMES SEASON WINS
2019 130 2019 69
1987 114 1984 57
2013 112 2013 55​

In the first eight weeks, 10 games have been decided by one point or fewer, tied for the third-most through the first eight weeks of season since 1970, while 61 games have been decided by seven points or fewer, the fourth-most through the first eight weeks of a season in NFL history. In total, 66.1 percent of games (80 of 121) have been within one score in the fourth quarter.

Below are highlights of the Week 9 schedule:

The SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (7-0) travel to State Farm Stadium to take on the ARIZONA CARDINALS (3-4-1) in an NFC West matchup (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFL Network/Amazon Prime) on Thursday Night Football. The game features the first meeting between the top two selections – Cardinals quarterback KYLER MURRAY (No. 1 overall) and 49ers defensive lineman NICK BOSA (No. 2) – of the 2019 NFL Draft. In Week 8, Bosa became the third rookie since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic, to record at least three sacks and an interception in a single game. San Francisco has allowed an average of 224.4 net yards of offense per game through Week 8, the fewest net yards of offense allowed at this point in a season since 1991. Entering Thursday night, Murray leads all rookie quarterbacks in passing yards with 1,988 and ranks second among all quarterbacks in rushing yards (279).

To close out the 2019 London Games, the HOUSTON TEXANS (5-3) meet the JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (4-4) at Wembley Stadium (9:30 AM ET, NFL Network) in an AFC South showdown. The two teams met in Week 2, as Houston withstood a fourth quarter rally from Jaguars rookie quarterback GARDNER MINSHEW in his first career start to earn a 13-12 victory. In 2019, Minshew leads all rookie quarterbacks with 13 passing touchdowns and a 98.8 passer rating. Since their Week 2 meeting, Texans quarterback DESHAUN WATSON ties for the NFL lead with 13 touchdown passes and ranks third in passing yards (1,804). In Week 11, the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS meet the LOS ANGELES CHARGERS on Monday Night Football in Mexico City in the final international game of 2019.

In the NFL100 Game of the Week, the AFC West-leading KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (5-3) welcome the MINNESOTA VIKINGS (6-2) to Arrowhead Stadium in an interconference battle (1:00 PM ET, FOX). Kansas City enters Week 9 with the fourth ranked scoring offense (28.3 points per game), while Minnesota allows the third-fewest points per game (16.5) in the league. Vikings running back DALVIN COOK leads the NFL in scrimmage yards (1,116) and rushing touchdowns (nine), and has recorded at least 145 scrimmage yards in three of his four road games in 2019.

On Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC), the undefeated NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (8-0) head to M&T Bank Stadium to face the BALTIMORE RAVENS (5-2), in a matchup of the two highest scoring offenses. The Patriots rank first in the NFL in points per game (31.3) while the Ravens rank second with 30.6 points per game. It marks the first time since Week 14 of the 2017 season that the top two scoring offenses in the NFL were both averaging at least 30 points per game and met in Week 8 or later. New England also allows the fewest points per game (7.6) this season and joined the 2006 CHICAGO BEARS as the only teams since 1990 to rank first in both points per game and points allowed per game through the first eight weeks of a season.

Under head coach JOHN HARBAUGH, Baltimore has a 6-2 record after the bye since 2011, tied for the best mark in the NFL over the past eight seasons. The Ravens lead the NFL with 204.1 rushing yards per game and joined the 2006 ATLANTA FALCONS as the only teams since 1990 to average at least 200 rushing yards per game through the first eight weeks of a season. Baltimore quarterback LAMAR JACKSON has three games with at least 100 rushing yards in 2019, tied with MICHAEL VICK (2004 and 2006) and RUSSELL WILSON (2014) for the most by a quarterback in a single season in NFL history.

To conclude Week 9, the DALLAS COWBOYS (4-3) visit the NEW YORK GIANTS (2-6) on Monday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, ESPN). Cowboys quarterback DAK PRESCOTT passed for 405 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 158.3 passer rating, the highest attainable mark, in the Cowboys’ 35-17 win over the Giants in Week 1. Since entering the NFL in 2018, New York Giants running back SAQUON BARKLEY leads the league with 16 games of at least 100 scrimmage yards, while Dallas running back EZEKIEL ELLIOTT (15 games) ties for the second-most over that span.

NFL SCHEDULE, OCTOBER 31, NOVEMBER 3-4

(All times Eastern)

Thursday Sunday (cont.)
San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals 8:20 PM FOX/NFLN

AMAZON

Detroit Lions at Oakland Raiders 4:05 PM FOX
Sunday Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Seattle Seahawks 4:25 PM FOX
Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars+ 9:30 AM NFL Cleveland Browns at Denver Broncos 4:25 PM CBS
Washington Redskins at Buffalo Bills 1:00 PM FOX Green Bay Packers at Los Angeles Chargers 4:25 PM CBS
Tennessee Titans at Carolina Panthers 1:00 PM CBS New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens 8:20 PM NBC
Minnesota Vikings at Kansas City Chiefs 1:00 PM FOX Monday    
New York Jets at Miami Dolphins 1:00 PM CBS Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers 8:15 PM ESPN
Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00 PM FOX    
Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00 PM CBS +London
        Byes: Atlanta, Cincinnati, Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans

PREVIEW WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

‘NFL 100 Greatest Game Changers’ continues Friday, November 1; Ronnie Lott follows on ‘A Football Life’ on NFL Media

Ronnie Lott (courtesy San Francisco 49ers)

​​’Monday Night Football,’ Lamar Hunt and Fantasy Football Among Top 30 of the Most Impactful People and Events of the NFL’s 100 Seasons

New Episode of ‘A Football Life,’ Focusing on Ronnie Lott Premieres at 10:00 PM ET

The NFL 100 Greatest series continues Friday, November 1 at 8:00 PM ET with the top 30 greatest “Game Changers” revealed in back-to-back episodes, followed by the premiere of Ronnie Lott: A Football Life at 10:00 PM ET.

 

Last week’s episodes of NFL 100 Greatest Game Changers revealed numbers 100-31 in two parts, with Roger Staubach (No. 63), Eric Dickerson (No. 95) the Hershel Walker trade (No. 39) and even AstroTurf (No. 31) all making the countdown.

 

Among the people and innovations viewers can expect to make the top 30 countdown of NFL 100 Greatest Game Changers are:

  • Monday Night Football – “A huge television event that put the NFL on a completely different footing”
  • The quarterback who has been to the most super bowls, Tom Brady
  • The multibillion-dollar market of Fantasy Football, and other game-changing elements like Instant Replay and the John Madden NFL Video Game
  • Lamar Hunt, founder of multiple sports leagues and teams, and originator of the term “Super Bowl”
  • Lawrence Taylor, who changed the way defense is played

For the NFL 100 Greatest series, NFL Films and NFL Media conducted more than 400 interviews with celebrities, current NFL stars and Legends. Parts 3 and 4 of NFL 100 Greatest Game Changers features interviews with Peter King, Steve Harvey, Kobe Bryant, Joe Montana, Willie McGinest and many more.

 

The NFL and the AP elected the “100 Greatest” across five categories – Plays, Games, Characters, Game Changers and Teams. The 80-person blue-ribbon panel was comprised of experts selected by the AP and NFL Media.

 

Following NFL 100 Greatest Game Changers comes a new episode of the Emmy-nominated series A Football Life at 10:00 PM ET that focuses on Pro Football Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, whose domination as both a corner and safety earned him the No. 86 spot on the “Game Changers” list last week.

 

Among the topics discussed in Ronnie Lott: A Football Life are:

  • Lott’s childhood and upbringing as well as how football was never the central focus within his own family.
  • His meaningful friendship with fellow legend Magic Johnson, and how the two always admired and watched one another.
  • How Lott measured his success by the respect he received from NFL players and coaches.

 

The one-hour show, produced by NFL Films and narrated by Lott’s daughter Hailey, features sit-down interviews with:

  • Ronnie Lott
  • Karen Lott – Wife
  • Roy Lott – Father
  • Mary Lott – Mother
  • Hailey Lott – Daughter
  • Chloe Lott – Daughter
  • Isaiah Lott – Son
  • Ryan Nece – Son
  • Marcus Allen – College Teammate/Hall of Fame Running Back
  • Dwight Hicks – Former Teammate
  • Eddie DeBartolo – Former 49ers Owner/Hall of Famer
  • Magic Johnson – Hall of Fame NBA Point Guard
  • Anthony Lynn – Los Angeles Chargers Head Coach
  • Jon Gruden – Oakland Raiders Head Coach
  • Charles Haley – Former Teammate

 

Provided below are some select quotes from Ronnie Lott: A Football Life: ​​​

“I brought an attitude that maybe the Niners didn’t have.” – Ronnie Lott

 

“Life changed for a lot of guys on that team. The change was the pursuit of now wanting more. Everyone was ecstatic…We did it, and now we get to do it again.” – Ronnie Lott on how his team felt after winning the Super Bowl XXIII against the Cincinnati Bengals

 

“We both admired each other. We both watched each other play…You know you really don’t enjoy winning because you don’t have time to enjoy it because you want to do it again.” – Magic Johnson

 

“Whoever he comes into contact with, whether it’s his opponents, his teammates, and especially his family, he always gives you absolutely everything he’s got.” – Hailey Lott

 

​- “Ronnie always talked about exhausting himself. He did in football and he’s doing it now in life off the field.” – Marcus Allen

 

Friday nights are home to the slate of NFL 100 original programming on NFL Network this season. The NFL 100 Greatest series continues Friday, November 8 at 8:00 PM ET with Parts 1 and 2 of NFL 100 Greatest Teams.

 

As the official site for all things NFL 100, NFL.com/100 is the primary destination to stay up to speed with all the initiatives, activities and content happening across the league and at the club level.

 

Additionally, NFL.com/100Greatest offers a companion experience to the series where fans will be able to relive their favorite moments from the show with clips and bonus content from the celebrities and influencers who shared their favorite NFL memories from the series.  Each episode of A Football Life – as well as all NFL Network programming – can be streamed live through the NFL and NFL Network apps on smartphones, tables, PCs and connected TV devices. Access is available for NFL Network subscribers of participating TV providers. For more information, go to NFL.com/network.

ABOUT NFL MEDIA

NFL Media is comprised of NFL Network, NFL Films, NFL.com, the NFL app and NFL RedZone.

 

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PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF NFLmedia.com

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