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Stevenson, Centennial run past Legacy in playoff opener

2014 High School Football

Las Vegas Sun

From left, Centennial High School football players Andrew Miller, Hunter Brown, Joseph Ceniseros, Nick Humenick and Jordan Lewis July 21, 2014.

Updated Monday, Nov. 10, 2014 | 1:31 p.m.

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Rhamondre Stevenson has turned a lot of heads while emerging as one of the state’s top running backs this season.

Tonight, the Centennial junior left an extra impression with his coach.

“Rhamondre Stevenson, he had two or three runs tonight that made people’s jaws drop,” Bulldogs coach Leon Evans said. “Just hard, physical runs, carrying Legacy players. He did a great job.”

Stevenson rushed for 143 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries, according to HUDL statistics, to help Centennial open the Division I Sunset Region playoffs with a 41-13 home win over Legacy.

The Bulldogs (9-1) advanced to meet Bishop Gorman (11-0), the top-ranked team in the nation, in a Sunset semifinal at 7 p.m. Nov. 14.

“We’re going to enjoy tonight and start thinking about Gorman tomorrow,” Evans said.

Evans’ team had every reason to enjoy Friday’s win, from a balanced offensive attack to a defense that held a potent offense for Legacy (3-7) mostly in check.

Centennial quarterback Juan Rodriguez completed 6 of 11 passes for 169 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. He hooked up for scoring strikes with Kevin Wiesner, Ivan Ochoa and Andre Meiers, and Stevenson added a 55-yard reception.

“Juan did a good job,” Evans said. “We don’t want to be one-dimensional.”

The Bulldogs’ defense got another interception from senior safety and Sun Preseason All-City pick Samuel Liaga, according to HUDL.

“They’ve been doing it all year long,” Evans said of his defense. “It was no different tonight.”

Legacy running back DeMichael Walker rushed for 201 yards on 27 carries, Longhorns coach John Isola said. Legacy had 248 yards rushing.

Tristan Aird can be reached at 702-259-8829 or [email protected]. Follow Tristan on Twitter at twitter.com/tristanaird.

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