Centennial will get another crack at the C-2 state football championship.
The Broncos, who finished as the C-2 runner-up in 2017, are headed back to the finals after defeating Oakland-Craig 35-14 Friday night in the state semifinals.
The win improves Centennial to 12-0 while Oakland-Craig’s season comes to a close at 11-1.
O-C lost a fumble at the 50 on its first possession of the game. The Broncos drove down the field and went up 7-0 on quarterback Wyatt Ehlers’ 15-yard touchdown run with 1:56 left in the opening quarter.
After the two teams exchanged punts, the Knights went on a 57-yard scoring march. Robby Mayberry, one of 11 seniors for O-C, scored on a 1-yard run. The conversion kick tied it at 7 with 5:43 left in the half.
The Broncos tacked on a pair of touchdowns before the half. Senior Sid Farley capped a 70-yard march with a 3-yard scoring run with 4:04 left in the second quarter. After O-C punted, Ehlers guided the Broncos on a 75-yard march that culminated with a 37-yard scoring toss to Max Tomes to make it 21-7 at the break.
Oakland-Craig went on an eight-minute drive in the third quarter, but turned the ball over on downs at the Centennial 24.
The Knights, however, eventually cut into the lead when Jefferson McNeill capped a 56-yard march with a 7-yard scoring run. The conversion made it 21-14 with 11:42 remaining in the game.
Centennial answered with a 67-yard drive. Ehlers connected with Caleb Horne for a 26-yard scoring pass.
The Knights suffered turnovers on their next two possessions. Ehlers picked up a fumble and went 46 yards for a touchdown to close out the scoring.
Centennial will face Norfolk Catholic, a 50-28 winner over Sutton on Friday, on Nov. 20 in Lincoln for the C-2 title.