“We had some huge struggles in the first half of last season,” said Centennial head coach Jeff Carlberg, who is entering his second year with the program. “I’m proud of our guys for competing hard in the second half of the year and winning three of the last five games.”
The Knights will have the services of senior wide receiver Christian Robinson, whose 72 receptions for 1,053 yards and 11 touchdowns were all team-highs last season. “Christian has had two consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons and is just a great player and better person.”
The man who will throw passes to Robinson and the rest of the offensive threats will come down to two players for the starting quarterback position, senior Matthew Harries and junior Luke Able. Both players saw limited action last season and must replace graduated senior Chase Rosenberg who had 18 touchdown passes in 2012 “We’re confident in both of them and each has made strides throughout this preseason,” said Carlberg. “We’ll be competitive with either one at quarterback.” The offensive line will return three starters, seniors Chris Conway and Nick Krauter, along with junior Alex Yankey.
Senior linebacker Alex Estes headlines the defense after leading the Knights in tackles last season and was second in sacks with five. “Alex is a tall kid who can really run, rush the quarterback and we like his ability,” said Carlberg. The entire defensive line will be replaced by reserves from last season with juniors Garyn Grace, Drew Bleese and Chris Calhoun expected to see increased roles this season.
The defensive secondary will be flanked by seniors Stefan Young and Alex Richemond. Senior Devin O’Neill will handle the kicking duties for Centennial and has been rated as one of the top-100 kickers in the nation by several publications.
“We want to compete in all 10 games this season and compete for a region championship,” said Carlberg. “We want to make the playoffs and make a run in the postseason, which would be a nice season for us.”