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1ST & GOAL Week 6: Centennial Stars make history by beating Beechcroft for first time in school history, 28-7



Luchene Davis talks to Josh Cassinger on Player of the Game (photo by Toni Fisher)


Luchene Davis Centennial RB Roadrunner Tires & Break Player of the Game Week 6 2019

The Centennial Stars and Beechcroft Cougars both came into the Columbus City School system the same year, 1976.

Joining them were the Briggs Bruins and Independence 76ers.

The North Division of the City League had been dominated for years by both the Brookhaven Bearcats and the Beechcroft Cougars in football.

That was until Brookhaven closed its doors 6 years ago.

After a decision made by the Columbus City Schools District, they announced that Brookhaven would be shut down by the end of the 2013-14 year due to declining population. With it, five elementary schools were closed as well. On May 29, 2014, Brookhaven closed its doors for the last time due to a failed levy.

After Brookhaven closed, the Cougars still ruled over the division until recently, when Northland and Mifflin became strong in football.

But with the 2019 season, most folks around the North Division felt that Centennial, with a strong junior class and many three-year starters, would be a contender.  The only question was, “could they beat Beechcroft”, a feat that had never happened in 42 years.

In year 43, on Friday, October 5, 2019, the Stars made history!

For the first time in school history the Centennial Stars knocked off the Beechcroft Cougars 28-7.

Junior quarterback Jaylen Gilbert would return to action for the Stars after being out for the past few weeks do to an injury.

Gilbert and the Stars would start off slow as they would trail early after a Davon Wooden touchdown that would put the Cougars up 7-0.

On the next drive the Stars would punch in an 8 yard touchdown by Luchene Davis, the first of two touchdowns he would have.

With the score 7-6 at the half, the Stars would take over in the second half  after a pair of rushing touchdowns by Gilbert and a two point conversion the Stars would see themselves in in unfamiliar territory with a big a lead over Cougars.

After a turnover on downs, Luchene Davis would score on a 14 yard touchdown to cap off a 28-7 victory.

With his performance, Davis, a junior, was named Roadrunner Tires and Brake Player of the Game. Davis had 20 carries for 132 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Centennial now controls its own destiny in the City League North Division. For Beechcroft, they are still in the thick of things but would need a lot of help and more wins to capture the division this year.

Next up for the Stars is a Homecoming game against Linden-McKinley.

Centennial Stars celebrating 28-7 win over Beechcroft Oct 5 2019 (photo by Josh Cassinger)

The Cougars will travel to take a very tough and improved Whetstone team.