The Centennial Centaurs defeated top-ranked Vancouver College 27-24 on Saturday to advance to the Subway Bowl semifinals at BC Place stadium next Saturday.
It’s been 12 years since the Centennial Centaurs played for a provincial soccer championship in the Subway Bowl.
On Saturday, the Centaurs took a huge step toward ending that drought with a stunning 27-24 upset from top-class Vancouver College at O’Hagan Field in Vancouver.
It was the Fighting Irish’s first loss of the season and Centennial’s win sends the team to the semifinals of the Subway Bowl against the winner of the quarterfinals between Mount Douglas and GW Graham scheduled for Monday in Chilliwack.
But on Saturday, Centennial coach Dino Geremia wasn’t concerned about that, or the fact that this year’s championship will be a regional affair, due to transportation problems due to the flooding and highway closures from last week’s deluge. When he took over the program in 2019, the team had not won a regular season game for two seasons. And while it didn’t break that streak until the Centaurs defeated Abbotsford 49-8 on September 24, he said Saturday’s win is a testament to his perseverance and dedication.
“It took everyone to get a win like that,” he said. “The coaches worked on a great game plan, the players believed in it and kept it up all the time.”
Sparked by a circus catch early in the game by Keyshawn Beswick, the Centaurs built up a 21-7 lead at halftime and dug in defensively in the second half when a determined Fighting Irish side did just that.
Beswick finished the game with six catches, three for touchdowns. He also had one interception and five tackles.
Running back Ziad Sabry carried the ball 21 times for 92 yards and one touchdown. He also had a tackle on defense.
Quarterback Malcolm Cameron completed 11 of his 20 passes for 190 yards, including three majors strikes to Beswick.
Centennial’s defense was led by Marcus Rafnson’s 10 tackles, one a sack and another a key stop as the Irish bet on fourth deficit. He also had an interception.
Tamani Duncan had seven tackles and one interception.
Geremia said he’s sure the Centaurs haven’t done their best yet.
“I really believe we are improving,” he said. “We have a chance to clean up some stuff and get back to it in the dome next week.”