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D8 FINALS: Centreville completes unbeaten season, shutting out Ubly for first state title

By: MATTHEW B. MOWERY, January 22, 2021, 1:15 pm

DETROIT — For a team that doesn’t pass the ball much at all, the Centreville Bulldogs were certainly willing to wing it around in Friday’s Division 8 title game, as long as it let them control the clock and keep Ubly’s offense off the field. 

Bulldogs senior quarterback Sam Todd contributed 201 total yards and accounted for all three touchdowns — two through the air to Tyler Swanwick — as the Bulldogs knocked off Ubly, 22-0, for the program’s first-ever state title. 

Todd rushed 19 times for 71 yards, including a 1-yard run to give the Bulldogs (11-0) the lead in the second quarter. Mason Lemings ran in the 2-point conversion for an 8-0 lead with 5:25 left in the first half. 

Todd also completed 6 of 7 passes for 130 yards and a pair of scores, the first to Swanwick with three seconds left in the first half. Todd ran in the 2-pointer for a 16-0 lead at the break. The two hooked up for a 12-yard touchdown pass with 4:07 left in the third, putting the Bulldogs up 22-0 after a failed 2-point pass attempt. 

Centreville allowed just 29 points all season long, posting eight shutouts. The most points they gave up all season was 14 in an 18-point win over two-time defending D8 champion Reading in the district title game. 

Ubly all-stater Carson Heleski had 67 yards on 11 carries for the Bearcats (9-3), but Centreville held a 286-142 advantage in total offense, and nearly a 12-minute advantage in time of possession. Ubly’s best drive came to start the second half, covering 53 yards in 15 plays, and taking 8:41 off the clock, but ended in a Tristan McElroy interception in the end zone.