Before this season, the term "winning streak" had virtually no relevance for the Century football team. The Knights, in fact, had never won more than two straight games since their inaugural varsity season in 2002.
After last night's 29-24 win at Carroll County rival Westminster, however, a new term might now apply.
Century, which finished 4-6 last season, scored 22 straight points - including third-quarter touchdown passes of 70 and 64 yards from Josh Bordner to Luke Wright - to take control in the second half and register its seventh straight win.
The Knights (7-0, 3-0 county), who are assured of their first winning season in school history, then sealed the win when lineman Dan Williams sacked and stripped quarterback Andy Gilford, and Matt Bodnar recovered the fumble at the Century 31 with 1:31 to play.
"This was a huge game for us," Knights coach Tony Shermeyer said. "We knew coming in here that we needed to play a great game. We had trouble getting going in the first half, but in the second half the kids just pulled it through for us."
Bordner finished with 260 yards passing and four touchdowns, and running back Cory Anderlik had 18 carries for 117 yards.
Gilford led Westminster (5-2, 4-1) with 296 yards passing. It was the second straight loss for the Owls, who could have clinched the county title with a victory.
"It feels really good to come out here and beat a really good Westminster team, and get our respect in the county," Wright said.
Each team took advantage of mistakes to score early. First Westminster's Ryan Mand recovered a muffed punt return setting up Ricky Pownall's fumble recovery in the endzone.
Century then took advantage of a 2-yard punt to tie the game on Bordner's 6-yard pass to Anderlik.
The Owls built a 17-7 lead after a 43-yard field goal by John Hajnos with 8:50 left in the third quarter.