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Centennial struggles against California foe in season opener

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Centennial High School football players (from left) Toby Lopez, Josh Gray and Lantz Worthington before the 2013 season.

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Prep Sports Now returns from hibernation just in time for football season. Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer go through every league and discuss every team in town, giving predictions along and players to watch along the way.

The Centennial High football team’s season opener today showed what coach Leon Evans suspected: His young team, which graduated virtually every key contributor from last season’s squad that reached the Sunset title game, has much to work on.

The Bulldogs were defeated soundly by JSerra Catholic (Calif.) 44-0 during the Brother in Arms High School Football Classic in Southern California.

“Our inexperience showed today,” Evans said. “We aren’t good enough to beat ourselves. We have a lot to work on, especially up front.”

Centennial adds its name to the list of Las Vegas area teams to struggle against national competition. The area is 1-7 in the initial weeks of the season against out-of-state opponents. But Evans knows the early-season defeat will help his program’s development in the long run.

“The experience (of traveling) is good for them, but the outcome’s not what we wanted,” the coach said.

Evans didn’t immediately have stats available, but he said his team never threatened to score.

Ray Brewer can be reached at 990-2662 or [email protected]. Follow Ray on Twitter at twitter.com/raybrewer21.

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