Centerpoint looks like a solid playoff team in 2020

Junior quarterback Josh Lawson (8) and running back Houston Way (14) will be key players for Centerpoint in Friday's playoff game at Glen Rose.


AMITY, Ark. – Prescott and Glen Rose will be roadblocks in 5-3A for the Centerpoint Knights during the 2020 high school football season.

“We won eight games last season, and could be a better team this year,” said veteran head coach Cary Rogers. “The thing is you never know how good everybody else is going to be. We have potential, but our district is better, too. It’s no secret that everyone will be chasing Prescott and Glen Rose. Prescott should be a state contender.”

The Knights flashed their potential Tuesday night at Diamond Bank Stadium. Centerpoint scored touchdowns on its first three possessions in a benefit game with Cutter Morning Star of Hot Springs.

Head coach Cary Rogers eyes another playoff berth in 2020.

Centerpoint has talented junior class

Junior quarterback Josh Lawson was deadly accurate, with receivers C.J. Fox, Houston Way and Hayden Rogers burning the Eagles’ secondary with their receptions and elusive running.

“We’ve got a lot of talented juniors this season,” said the elder Rogers. “Garrett Alexander is looking real good in the line. Fox is a playmaker for us at receiver and defensive back. Lawson throws the ball around pretty good. He passed for nearly 2,000 yards and 24 touchdowns last season as a sophomore.”

Centerpoint will miss its 2019 seniors. Coach Rogers credits their hard work during the off-seasons for the Knights’ success the past three years.

Josh Lawson throws a short pass Tuesday at Diamond Bank Stadium in Amity.

Stability, support key to Knights’ success

This is Rogers’ 18th season at Centerpoint. It took time for him to turn the school’s football program around.

“It was pretty lean during those early years,” he said. “Stability and support have been key factors to our success the past few seasons. We get great support from our community and administration. They want to see all of our athletic programs excel.

“Most of my coaching staff has been here for ten years or more. Two have been here less than ten, but one of those played for me. We’re always moving forward, and don’t have to back up and start things over.”

Rogers remembers the Knights only having 16 players on one of his first teams.

“We were having to play schools like Bauxite and Fountain Lake, which usually have around fifty kids every year,” said Rogers. “We’ve had as many as 46. Most years we’ll have around 30. This year we have 29.”


Pandemic obviously a big factor

Like every football team in Arkansas this fall the Knights must deal with the pandemic.

“We’ll be trying to stay afloat,” said Rogers. “Hopefully all the players, parents and community will do all they can to help us out by doing the right things to keep us safe. That way we can keep playing football this year.”

2020 Centerpoint Schedule

Sept. 4      at Murfreesboro

Sept. 11     Haskell Harmony Grove

Sept. 18     at Mountain Pine

Sept. 25    x-Fouke

Oct. 2        x-at Horatio

Oct. 9        x-Prescott

Oct. 16      x-at Jessieville

Oct. 23      x-at Glen Rose

Oct. 30      x-Genoa Central

Nov. 6        x-at Bismarck

x-Denotes 5-3A Games