The Centennial Cougars scored their first three possessions and defeated the Anoka Tornadoes 27-6 at home Friday evening, improving to 2-1.

Junior quarterback Connor Zulk got them off to a great start, hitting Cooper Anderson long for a 41-yard gain on their first offensive play. Zulk capped the drive with a seven-yard run in which he lunged over the stripe dragging a tackler.

Noah Larson’s 19-yard end run capped the second drive. Cougar kicker Zulk had one PAT blocked and missed the next to keep the score 12-0.

Anoka faked a punt from their own 30 and Cougar linebacker Casey Coppersmith intercepted the punter’s pass.

The Cougars capitalized for a short touchdown drive. Zulk’s lob to the corner of the end zone was snagged by a tightly-covered Yaachie Chuol for a nine-yard touchdown. Larson got the two-pointer on a run as he was hit at the three yard line but lunged to tag the pilon with the ball.

Hunter Way bursted a 49-yard run in the fourth quarter to get Anoka (0-3) on the board. Centennial responded with Zulk scoring again, from the three. Ricky Hemrick kicked the extra point.

Centennial will play at St. Michael-Albertville (1-2) next Friday.

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