23FNL, INTERVIEW: Dave Rice of Centennial sits down to chat Golden Hawks football and the SWYL

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Centennial's week 8 SWYL game hosting Independence was the Friday Night Live game of the week. Centennial head coach Kevin Sneed is enduring treatment for a recently diagnosed throat cancer and assistant coach Dave Rice sat down with Casey Keirnan live after the Golden Hawks' 28-6 win over the Falcons.

"We have such a love for the guy that it crushed us initially," coach Rice told 23FNL of hearing the news of Coach Sneed's cancer, "then when we found out it was curable it was like a great weight lifted off our shoulders."

Sitting in for coach Sneed for media-duties is just one of the things the Centennial staff is happy to do while Sneed and his family get through their ordeal.

On the football field things went pretty much as planned for the Golden Hawks. After a hefty loss to the Stockdale Mustangs -- a loss that stopped the momentum of a surging Centennial team -- the Golden Hawks needed a home win against Independence to get back on track and clinch a playoff berth.

They did just that.

An early Independence touchdown off a turnover was quickly erased when Centennial sophomore running back Brandon Jones broke off a run that spanned nearly the length of the field for a touchdown. The Falcons' initial score included a blocked PAT so they were held to 6 on the scoring drive. The go-ahead touchdown was a 1-yard quarterback-keeper executed by Andrew Hansen. After that the rout was on.

Rice expressed the celebratory nature on the Golden Hawks' sideline after the win.

"I told coach Sneed, 'well, we're in the playoffs.'"

Centennial is in the playoffs but still has a small mountain to climb to improve their seeding. The Golden Hawks still have BHS and Liberty left on the schedule.

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