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    Elijah Silver of Centaurus finds a hole in Conifer's defense and runs the ball in for a touchdown during the first quarter of Friday's game at Centaurus High School.

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    Mac Post of Centaurus celebrates after assisting on sacking Conifer's quarterback, Matt Aceto, during the second quarter.

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    Centaurus quarterback Ryan Cotter looks down field for an open receiver during the second quarter against Conifer.



LAFAYETTE – The return to relevance figured to be a gradual process, not a lightning-quick transition. Well, the Centaurus football is skipping the curve.

The Warriors continued their resurgence Friday night with a big one, a convincing 42-14 win over a Conifer squad that had given them fits in recent seasons. The Lobos had beaten Centaurus four straight seasons and outscored them 140-31 in the process.

“Whatever we do has nothing to do with the past at all,” said Warriors first-year head coach Bob Carskie after emerging from a victorious locker room. “We’re not living in the past at all. Everything we do is about these kids and this football team, and what this meant is that we’re 6-2 and still in the conference hunt.”

The Warriors entered the night No. 17 in Wild Card points, and 16 teams qualify for the playoffs. That underscored the importance of this one, and Centaurus was up to task in the Class 3A Metro North League battle.

“We’re just trusting our coaches and we know we have a lot of big games ahead of us,” senior wide receiver Andrew Vigil. “We’re spreading the ball around to everyone, giving everybody a chance.”

Centaurus (6-2, 2-1) actually trailed by one until the final play of the first half, when fullback Matthew Axelrod took a direct snap and scored his second touchdown of the night. Vigil ran in the two-point conversion and the Warriors led 21-14 at the break.

What followed was utter dominance in the second half. In blanking Conifer 21-0, the Warriors did not allow the Lobos (4-4, 0-3) a first down in five possessions. Quarterback Ryan Cotter, who finished 21 of 30 for 232 yards, threw touchdown passes to Vigil and Nick Lanier.

Cotter connected with eight different targets overall.

“The wide receivers were making big plays, and I want to thank the offensive line for protecting me out there,” Cotter said. “No big hits or anything.”

Sophomore Elijah Silver added two TDs for the Warriors, including a 70-yard run in the first quarter to counter Conifer’s opening score. His final TD gave the Warriors a 28-point cushion – a lead they could have extended but called off the dogs in the latter going.

“It’s amazing to see how far we’ve come in from the past couple years,” Cotter said. “Hopefully there are more big things to come in the next few games.”

Carskie made it clear in the preseason that he wanted to utilize the skills of Cotter and spread the ball around. It has been a winning formula.

“It was fun to watch,” Carskie said. “We’re playing a couple different tailbacks, a half-a-dozen receivers and they’re all getting touches, all getting footballs.”

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Centaurus 42, Conifer 14

At Warrior Stadium

Conifer (4-4, 0-3)



Centaurus (6-2, 2-1)



First quarter

Conifer — Kasim Rana 1 run (Jake Borchard kick). Centaurus — Elijah Silver 70 run (kick failed).

Second quarter

Centaurus — Matthew Axelrod 4 run (Felipe Cruz kick). Conifer — Matt Aceto 1 run (Borchard kick). Centaurus — Axelrod 2 run (Andrew Vigil run).

Third quarter

Centaurus — Vigil 8 pass from Ryan Cotter (Cruz kick).

Fourth quarter

Centaurus — Nick Lanier 8 pass from Cotter (Cruz kick). Centaurus — Silver 7 run (Cruz kick).


RUSHING — Conifer: Jack Prentner 9-30, Kasim Rana 6-26, Zach Keller 1-11, Matt Aceto 10-(minus 1); Centaurus: Anthony Losasso 14-30, Elijah Silver 5-79, Matthew Axelrod 3-6, Mac Post 3-3, Michael Torres 22-14, Andrew Vigil 1-5.

PASSING — Conifer: Aceto 7-16-1-105; Centaurus: Ryan Cotter 21-30-0-232, Shaq Ebadi 1-1-0-34, Jerald Romero 0-1-0-0.

RECEIVING — Conifer: Mason Meyer 2-35, Caleb Crawford 2-22, Chase Phelps 1-29, John Paulus 1-15, Prenter 1-4; Centaurus: Torres 5-70, Vigil 5-69, Nick Lanier 4-80, Damian Aguilar 2-37, Dylan Serlin 2-10, Silver 2-(minus 2), Losasso 1-7, Post 1-5.