A “pick six” early in the game launched Centennial on a 42-15 win over the Anoka Tornadoes on Friday evening in Anoka.

Zack Osmek picked off a downfield pass on Anoka’s third play from scrimmage and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown. However, he injured his knee celebrating the touchdown and missed the rest of the game.

Anika pulled even with a pair of big plays — a 38-yard pass from Jacob Deutschman to Cody Lindenberg, and a 54-yard run by Dylan Schmidt two plays later, tying the score 7-7. Anoka was backed up to the one and Deutschman was nearly sacked a the goal line before he threw off-balance to Lindenberg.

But Centennial quickly regained control. Connor Zulk, senior quarterback, bolted 57 yards to set up a five-yard touchdown run by Noah Larson. Zulk passed to Carter Anderson for a 20-yard score just before the quarter ended on a fourth-and-long play. That put the Cougars (1-1) up 21-7 at the first stop. 

Zulk hit Anderson for another TD pass and finished 6-for-10 for 66 yards with one interception. Anderson caught four for 59 yards.

The Cougars rushed for 337 yards in 41 attempts by  nine players. Larson scored three touchdowns and totaled 91 yards in 15 carries. Zulk had 96 yards in seven carries and Austin Wlaschin 48 in seven carries. Ricky Hemric was 6-for-6 on extra points.

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