JOSHUA — The Joshua Owls had no answer for the Burleson Centennial Spartans' running game all night as they dropped a 49-16 decision on a cold and wet night at Owl Stadium.
Burleson Centennial improved to 8-1 overall and 6-1 in District 5-5A Division II, clinching a playoff berth with the win. Joshua fell to 1-7 on the year and 1-5 in district play.
The Spartans out-gained the Owls in total yardage, 496-209, as Centennial's Jaylon Jackson rushed for 232 yards — on just nine carries, for an average of nearly 26 yards per rush. The Spartans rushed for 430 yards on 33 carries.
After a quick three-and-out from Joshua to start the game, Burleson Centennial only needed two plays to open the scoring. Jackson ran 18 yards on the first play of the drive and then 56 yards on the second to give the Spartans an early 7-0 lead.
Following another three-and-out by Joshua, Centennial handed the ball off to Zionn Ababio three consecutive plays where he would get runs of 18, 15 and 21 yards, the final going for a touchdown for a 14-0 lead.
Joshua got on the scoreboard with its next drive on a 37-yard field goal from Mario Miranda, but that was the closest the Owls would get.
Following a muffed kickoff from Centennial, Joshua received some momentum that would turn out to be short-lived, as they were forced to punt after another three and out. The Spartans scored on the ensuing drive via a 19-yard run from Ababio to make the score 21-3 heading into the second quarter.
Centennial scored twice more in the opening half, on a one-yard quarterback run from freshman Philip Hamilton, and the other a three-yard pass from Hamilton to Monte Johnson to give the Spartans a 35-3 lead at halftime.
Following a Spartan fumble on the opening kickoff, Nyke Martin scored on a one-yard run to bring the score to 35-10.
But Centennial again only needed two plays to score after the kickoff; this time it was Jackson on a 72-yard run, showcasing his elite big-play ability.
Centennial's scoring was capped off with Hamilton running a touchdown in from seven yards out.
Joshua receiver Tyler Stone hauled in an eight-yard pass from Martin to finalize the final margin.
In addition to Jackson's monster night, Hamilton finished the game 4-of-9 for 66 yards with one passing touchdown and one interception, as well as two rushing touchdowns.
Spartan kicker Josh Garcia was a perfect 7-of-7 on extra points.
Joshua was led by Stone who hauled in one score and caught four passes for 63 yards.
Joshua will travel next week to take on No. 1 Aledo (7-1, 6-0) while Burleson Centennial will host Arlington Seguin (1-7, 1-5) before a week 11 bye.