I never would have though the Centaurus football team could do what it did Friday night.
Their first six possessions against Berthoud went as followed: punt, punt, punt, interception, turnover on downs, punt. And in that time, Centaurus quarterback Shaq Ebadi, who had thrown for 340 yards and four touchdowns the prior week against Harrison, was 5 of 14 for 57 yards with the pick — which was returned by Berthoud and turned into a touchdown.
At 24-0, it looked over for the Warriors.
But Ebadi and his teammates kept their composure. It was still before halftime, after all, and the Spartans had been prone to giving up a lot of points so far in the season.
Several things changed over the course of the game, including just a better effort defensively. But Ebadi also started to throw some really nice balls that resulted in some nice catches, too. He started to get his release point (after having several attempts batted down at the line), and a couple of deep throws connected for momentum swinging plays.
His final 27 throws resulted in 15 completions, three scores and 257 yards. The Warriors somehow pulled the game out, 40-32.
"We just came together during halftime, honestly, and we just made a few adjustments as a football team," Ebadi said after the game, which ended super late because of 31 accepted penalties called between the teams and 80 pass attempts. "It was a bit of everything (passing), the chemistry with my teammates and the offensive line giving me a ton of time. I have to give them a lot of credit.
"I left some throws out on the table, but we'll get even better next week."
The Warriors are now 2-1 and Ebadi has thrown for 779 yards and nine touchdowns against two interceptions. His favorite target has been senior Dylan Serlin (15 catches, 242 yards) but he has hit four different receivers for scores.
The Warriors' spread offense is pretty fun to watch and I am more convinced that they will be able to hang around with the likes of Silver Creek, Northridge and Longmont when they get into league play.
"We just kept preaching to our kids about conditioning and that we had playmakers able to make big plays to get us back in the game," head coach Bob Carskie said. "We kept preaching it, and they just kept believing.
"This football team, these kids put in a lot of time and effort. They believe in each other and they believe in the plan."
The Warriors have a big one against Erie this Friday night, another test against a team that can score in bunches and will also spread the ball around.