Center Point scored all of its points in the first half and earned a 36-20 win over Shades Valley in Class 6A, Region 6, earning a playoff berth.
The Eagles (6-1, 3-1) were led by senior running back Troy Bruce, who rushed for 225 yards on 13 carries and scored all 5 center-point touchdowns.
Bruce rushed for 4 touchdowns (69, 3, 16 and 94 yards) and caught a 13-yard pass.
“It was a great game for me thanks to my teammates, my offensive line and my coaches,” Bruce said. “We had a great week of training and we were able to get out there and play fast and physically.”
“It was a huge win for us,” Center Point coach George Bates said. “We have been told since December that we cannot compete in 6A. Coming out and earning a playoff spot in our freshman year in 6A is huge for our community. This is a testament to the hard work of our players and our coaches.
Bruce started the scoring with a 69-yard touchdown run and quarterback Jabari Collier found Bruce for the touchdown pass for a 15-0 lead.
Collier completed a 57-yard pass on third until Center Point’s next drive alive and Bruce scored on a 2-yard run, giving the Eagles a 22-0 lead with 2:27 left in the first quarter.
Bruce and the Eagles went 29-0 on a 15-yard run, helped by a 39-yard completion on third down, and Bruce ripped off a 94-yard TD run with 45 seconds left in the half for a lead 36-0.
Shades Valley moved the ball, but couldn’t find the end zone in the first half.
Shades Valley quarterback Steve Brown connected with Korda’e Harper for a 70-yard gain at the Eagles 8-yard line, but threw a goal-line interception with 39 seconds left in the first quarter.
Constables also moved the ball to the Center Point 6-yard line, but returned the ball with 1:01 remaining in the half and made it to the Center Point 10-yard line without scoring. after Bruce’s 94-yard run.
Shades Valley scored with 8:05 left in the game on a 9-yard strike from Brown to Harper and added a 30-yard pass from freshman quarterback Zayvian Bolden to Christian Thomas.
The final score came with 29 seconds left, Bolden finding sophomore receiver J’Quez Daniel with an 8-yard pass from behind the end zone.