Football | Century doesn’t look ahead, rolls past Red Wing
Century has some big football games coming up on its schedule, so it might have been easy to look past Red Wing.
The visiting Wingers came to Rochester on Friday night with an 0-2 mark this season and had been outscored by an average of 52-16. City rival Mayo looms for Century next week, but the Panthers came out with a razor-sharp focus against Red Wing and rolled to an easy 55-6 win in a Big Southeast District crossover game.
“It’s one of those things where you have to build every single week,” Century coach Jon Vik said. “I told our players in the huddle (after the game) we’re celebrating, but at the same time I’m already thinking ahead. We have Mayo on Friday and that’s a big game.”
The Panthers (2-1) will then follow with games against state-ranked Winona and Owatonna. “The sledding doesn’t get any easier at this particular point,” Vik said. “We just have to keep getting better.”
“We’ve got Mayo next week, but we have bigger things in the picture, too,” Century senior running back Colin Smith said. “We’re trying to make it to state this year, but we have to take it one week at a time.”
Smith got the Century offense off to a quick start against Red Wing as he broke loose for a 50-yard scoring run on the first possession of the game. The Panthers went on to have a huge first half as they rolled to a 42-6 lead at the break.
“I think it just all starts up front,” Smith said. “They just give me a nice hole and I can just run right through it. It was all props to my offensive line.”
Smith added a 42-yard touchdown in the second quarter. That capped his night as he finished with 153 yards on 14 carries, all in the first half.
“That always helps having other guys take pressure off you and he did that, so that was great,” Century senior quarterback Arath Martinez said.
With the Century line providing big holes on running plays, Martinez took advantage when he dropped back to pass. He was 3-for-8 for 93 yards and two touchdowns. All three of his completions went to junior Jack Fisher, including TD tosses of 17 and 64 yards.
“That felt good,” Martinez said. “We got our offense going, our defense going. It pumps everybody up and that just gets everyone going to the next level.”
Century’s special teams even chipped in with two touchdowns in the first half. Sophomore Isaiah Huber took a punt back 85 yard for a score in the first quarter. Then on a bad Red Wing snap in punt formation in the second quarter, 315-pound Century junior lineman Jerrad Ohr lumbered into the end zone and fell on a loose ball for a touchdown.
“We’ve got to learn to keep punishing,” Smith said. “We told ourselves that we’re not going to let up on them no matter what the score is.”
Century collected 256 of its 415 yards of offense in the first half.
“I was really pleased with some of the offensive performances that we had,” Vik said. “Our offensive line did a nice job against their blitzing front, controlling things at time. I was really pleased with the performance of our kids from top to bottom.”
Century’s defense limited Red Wing to 36 yards of offense in the first half and just 90 yards in the game.
“I think fundamentally they’re sound, they move the football very well, but I think our defense, considering what we’ve seen on film, did a nice job tonight,” Vik said.
The Panthers had three interceptions in the contest, one each by Fisher, Thomas Mergen and Tyler Sullivan. Ohr and Donaven Johnson both recovered fumbles on special teams.
“They did a very good job,” Smith said of the Century defense. “They locked down the run game and the pass game. It was a good game all around.”
In the second half, Century played its reserves most of the way. Backup quarterback Brock Schamblin tossed a 40-yard TD pass to Kobe Sinclair in the third quarter. Freshman Cole Elbing then had a 37-yard scoring run with just 14 seconds left. Elbing rushed for 87 yards on 10 carries in the second half.
The Panthers were playing without running back/defensive lineman Steven Nah, who was out with a sprained ankle.
Century will now host Mayo (2-1) at 7 p.m. this coming Friday.
“I think our guys knowing that we had Mayo coming up next week, that really pumped us up, knowing that we have a rival coming up,” Martinez said.
“The big thing is not getting complacent,” he added. “We know have to step it up again because it’s rival week, jug week.”
CENTURY 55, RED WING 6
Red Wing 6 0 0 0 — 6
Century 14 28 7 6 — 55
Cent — Colin Smith 50 run (Andrew Coleman kick), 10:44.
Cent — Isaiah Huber 85 punt return (Coleman kick), 7:14.
RW — Mac DeSutter 8 pass from Marcus Walm (kick failed), 2:05
Cent — Jack Fisher 17 pass from Arath Martinez (Coleman kick), 10:11.
Cent — Smith 42 run (Coleman kick), 6:55.
Cent — Jerrad Ohr fumble recovery in end zone (Coleman kick), 5:36.
Cent — Fisher 64 pass from Martinez (Coleman kick).
Cent — Kobe Sinclair 40 pass from Brock Schamblin (Coleman kick), 8:38.
Cent — Cole Elbing 37 run (run failed), 0:14.
First downs 7 14
Total net yards 90 415
Rushes-yards 28-41 34-263
Passing yards 49 152
Comp.-att.-int. 8-23-3 6-12-1
Punts-ave. 4-27.3 1-37.0
Penalties-yds. 4-30 14-125
Fumbles-lost 3-2 4-0
Red Wing — Mac DeSutter 8-38, Antonio Finley 6-25, Anthony Flucas 4-11, Henry Davig 2-4, Sam Guse 1-3, Lane Larson 1-1, Amir Sutherlin 1-0, Kevin Hall 2-(-7), Marcus Walm 2-(-7), Team 1-(-27). Century — Colin Smith 14-153, Cole Elbing 10-87, Arath Martinez 2-13, Zachary Man 1-2, Brock Shamblin 6-1, Isaiah Tamte 1-(-3).
Red Wing — Marcus Walm 6 completions, 12 attempts, 42 yards, 1 interceptions, 1 touchdown; Henry Davig 2-11-7-2-0. Century — Arath Martinez 3-8-93-1-2; Brock Shamblin 3-4-59-0-1.
Red Wing — Cole Krie 2-18, Mac DeSutter 2-14, Anthony Flucas 1-9, Caleb Malyon 1-5, Jackson Carlson 1-2, Christian Connelly 1-1. Century — Jack Fisher 3-93, Kobe Sinclair 1-40, RJ Saar 1-12, Aidan Merges 1-7.