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Centennial off to good start in defense of championship
by Greg Oshust
April 03, 2014 09:55 AM | 3509 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Erin Gray / Centennial's Alex Prescott warms up during practice.
Staff / Erin Gray / Centennial's Alex Prescott warms up during practice.
Fresh off of last year’s state championship, Centennial is emerging as one of the elite teams in Georgia high school boys’ lacrosse.

The Knights appear to be in position to repeat as Class AAAAAA champions with a 6-1 overall record and 6-0 mark in Area 3AAAAAA as of last Thursday.

Centennial has been nothing short of dominant so far, outscoring its opponents 126-29 through the first seven games of the season.

The Knights outscored their first three opponents 69-3, beating Druid Hills 24-1, North Forsyth 25-1 and West Forsyth 20-1.

Centennial coach Bryan Wallace said he is encouraged by how his team has done against 3AAAAAA foes Johns Creek and Alpharetta as well as defending Class AA champion Westminster.

“We’ve started out on a pretty good streak,” Wallace said. “We’re definitely trying to take care of our area games. Doing well in the area will put us in a good position to make a strong run in the state playoffs. In our area, we probably play the toughest schedule in the state of Georgia and we play some strong non-area teams this year like Westminster, Harrison and Lassiter. We’re not dodging anybody and we’re trying to improve and trying to build our program.”

Winning the AAAAAA state championship was a milestone for Centennial, which captured the first state title in any boys’ sports in school history as well as the first boys’ lacrosse crown.

“It’s a great group of kids,” Wallace said. “It’s a hard working group. This is my third year at Centennial. My first year, we were 13-5 with a young group of kids and one senior and we kind of built on the success and the hard work of the kids in the program over the last 2½ years. Last year, winning the state championship was a huge push in the right direction. The program is going to keep going and continue to have success, with the junior program and the development of the JV program.”

While the expectations and pressure has increased on Centennial as the defending state champions, Wallace said he is confident that his veteran team is up to the challenge.

“We’ve got a great group of eight seniors this year,” Wallace said. “They’re a veteran group. Six of the eight have been playing varsity lacrosse all four years on the high school level. So the expectations are put on themselves. They demand the best out of themselves and each other and they want to win. The added pressure and having the target on our back is something we talk about on a daily basis. But, we focus on playing the best lacrosse that we can and not worry about other people.”

Junior attacker Nathan Solomon, a Syracuse commitment, leads the team with 68 points, while senior midfielders and twin brothers Austin Prescott (26 goals, 14 assists) and Alex Prescott also lead the offensive attack.

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