LAFAYETTE — The stage was set Thursday night for one of two area head coaches — either Centaurus's Andy Hampton or Silver Creek's Brian McGee — to log their first career wins as a program boss.
In this instance at Spangenberg Field, both teams now Class 4A, simple worked best in Silver Creek's 16-7 road victory. Michael Tomaszewski's 189 rushing yards, a majority of which came in the second half, and three field goals from Coltan Grabau helped lead the way for the Raptors ground-and-pound offense to bounce back from an opening week loss at Thomas Jefferson.
"We're making steps every week and I'm proud of these guys for the way they're responding to the hard work we put them through," said McGee after receiving many congratulations from his coaching staff. "It's a process with our offense, and it's just a matter of cleaning up blocking schemes from last week to this week. The game plan worked effectively."
"It just felt really good to come out here and show what Raptor football is all about, especially in the second half because we cleaned a lot of things up," added Tomaszewski, who gained all those yards on 28 carries. "Our offensive line blew it up. It was power over the line, and that was our goal. We're happy for coach, and I've been with him for three years and we're glad we could get that one for him."
Centaurus faced SCHS having not yet played an official 2018 contest, but the Warriors were also playing with the knowledge they had defeated the Raptors last year as the first of three straight wins to end 2017 on.
However, after a pretty tight first half of play, Silver Creek's up-the-gut attack appeared to fatigue the CHS line. Tomaszewski ran for 123 yards after halftime, and Rex Olinger also surpassed 100 yards on the ground with 56 yards after the break.
Centaurus, which again has plenty of weapons in the skill positions for quarterback Nick Faraca, were just a little off in timing and connections after securing a second-quarter touchdown.
"On offense, we beat ourselves too often, just missing play calls and having guys not know if they're in the play or not," Faraca said. "It was a lot of little stuff that messed with us in the long run."
It was all tied at 7-7 late in the second quarter before a Centaurus drive stalled and a punt gave Silver Creek the football at the CHS 35 with about 1 minute, 26 seconds left. Though the Raptors were not able to move the ball much, a stunning 52-yard field goal by Grabau really lit a fire on the side of the SC bench.
The kicker came though on two of three more attempts in the second half, and his final conversion with 4:51 left made it a two-possession contest.
"We knew Coltan came into the season with a leg ... if I didn't have faith in him to hit it from 52 ... I wouldn't have put him in that position," McGee said of his kicker. "He's confident and I have faith. He showed we have a weapon there."
Centaurus will look to finding a more balanced attack for their next contest at Littleton on Thursday. The Warriors rushed for just 11 yards on 12 attempts.
Andres Mendoza led Centaurus with nine receptions for 137 yards.
Silver Creek 16, Centaurus 7
At Spangenberg FieldSilver Creek (1-1)7306—16Centaurus (0-1)0700—7
Silver Creek — Michael Tomaszewski 6 run (Coltan Grabau kick).
Centaurus — Taylor Herbstreit 2 run (Harian Aldama kick). Silver Creek — Grabau 52 field goal.
Silver Creek — Grabau 25 field goal. Silver Creek — Grabau 36 field goal.
RUSHING — Silver Creek: Michael Tomaszewski 28-189, Rex Olinger 19-106, Sovann Sam 4-14, Carter Closson 6-4, Zander Hirman 1-2. Centaurus: Taylor Herbstreit 6-0, A.J. Corne 1-3, Nick Faraca 3-8, Andres Mendoza 1-(minus-7), Anthony Montoya 1-7.
PASSING — Silver Creek: Closson 7-11-0-26. Centaurus: Faraca 13-33-1-196.
RECEIVING — Silver Creek: Olinger 2-7, Mason Goss 2-3, Dylan Johnson 1-6, Caleb Sedegan 2-10. Centaurus: Andres Mendoza 9-137, Anthony Montoya 3-39, #44 1-30.