PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - What a great season for the Centennial Coyotes football team.

A season of perfection took them to their second straight state title; and it only gets better for the 5A Champions.

The squad puts its 14-0 unblemished record on the line, suiting up for the first time in the National Geico Bowl Series Dec. 22 live on ESPN 2.

"I'm ecstatic. You know just to get another game to play with my brothers. It's a blessing," said Centennial Senior Receiver Jeiel Stark.

"Exciting for the school, the team, especially for the seniors being their last game," said Centennial Coach Richard Taylor.

"I just think it's going to be good exposure for our guys that don't have a ton of offers. You know these guys on my team they can ball," said Centennial Senior Center Carson Keltner.

Back to work pounding the weights, the Coyotes Face Eastside Catholic High School, the three time defending Washington State champions.

"They're definitely all their hyped up to be. They're a great football team," said Carson.

"They look really good and of course they won a championship for a reason. So, we have to take it really serious and prepare just like we always do," said Stark.

"Same size as we are, good size, good speed, I think it's going to be a heck of a match-up," said Taylor.

Rolling through their Arizona schedule, the Coyotes are even more ready after beating powerhouse Bishop Gorman out of Las Vegas in Week 2.

"Our guys really like to compete and to find out how good we really are. And the only way you do that, is to try to find the best competition you can play," said Taylor.

"Same as how we played St. Thomas last year, St. Thomas prepared us to play Bishop Gorman this year. We got our feet wet with it and we know what we're doing," said Stark.

It's big time exposure for the Coyotes and here's the beauty, they don't have to pack up and go anywhere. They're playing this game in their own stadium.

"That's marvelous," said Taylor.  "Having to play, you know that kind of home field advantage. I think it's awesome for our community and our fans," said Carson.

The Coyotes are playing for the perfect season. "Centennial has never went 15 and oh, so it would be a first time," said Stark.

They're playing for Arizona State Pride.

"Arizona can compete with anyone in the nation," said Stark.

"If we did win this game, it would be a huge source of pride for the Arizona teams and our whole community as a whole," said Carson.

And playing to show they are one of the elite programs in the country.

"I think, personally, we're going to have to bring our best game out there with no mistakes," said Carson.

"They won't be afraid. They've been in this position before and I think they'll be ready to play," said Taylor. 

 


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