A Statement Win for Centennial
#3 St. Thomas Aquinas knew Centennial wanted to run, knew they’d lean on RB’s Zidane Thomas and Alex Escobar, try to control the clock, limit turnovers, and make this a defensive battle.
That’s exactly what Centennial did; the Coyotes threw for just 7 yards. Usually, a defensive matchup would benefit the visiting Raiders, who had held their last opponent to -31 total yards and kept then #3 St. John Bosco to 3 points in their season opening win. Coming into Arizona, many considered Aquinas to be the top defense in the country.
Underdog Centennial was more than up for the challenge, and their defense outperformed their more highly touted opponents on this night. And, on the offensive side of the ball, the Coyotes had something that the Raiders didn’t – Boise State bound RB Zidane Thomas.
ZIDANE THOMAS! 56 yard TD run!! His mom watching him play for the first time. Unbelievable. https://t.co/YM0EPDL389 #SCtop10 #BleedBlue pic.twitter.com/NMRljsgcOw
— YurView (@Yur_View) September 30, 2017
More Than A Score For Zidane Thomas
Aquinas knew he was getting the ball, they knew he went ballistic for 316 yards against Pinnacle, knew he might be one of the most underrated recruits in the country.
And they had mainly held him in check throughout the game, but as the highlight shows, Thomas doesn’t give up, his legs don’t stop moving, his power and balance are unbelievable. He appeared to be stopped at the line but he refused to go down. 56 yards later Thomas was in the end zone and the Coyotes had made a statement on a national stage.
This game and this TD meant more to Thomas than anyone. He was playing in front of his mother for the first time ever. The only other time she had seen him play was online during the Pinnacle game. He had more yards in that game but this was a much bigger statement.
That one run showed Zidane’s mom and the rest of the country that Boise State is getting one heck of a running back and Centennial football is now in the discussion as one of the best high school football teams in the country.