Cypress senior Wes Merriweather touched the ball three times. It was too many times as far as Savanna was concerned.
Merriweather, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound senior, scored on a 71-yard pass play and ran for a 91-yard touchdown as the Centurions beat Savanna, 21-7, Friday night at Glover Stadium.
With the score tied, 7-7, in the second quarter, Merriweather took a quick pass from quarterback David Martin on the near side of the field. He hesitated, then ran back across the field and down the far sideline to complete the 71-yard play.
"The play wasn't designed that way," Cypress Coach John Selbe said.
When asked what he thought when he saw Merriweather coming back toward him, Selbe said, "I was disappointed the first four seconds, but the longer he ran the more I got excited."
Merriweather broke the game open on the first play of the fourth quarter, when on third down from the Cypress nine-yard line the senior raced 91 yards for a touchdown.
Merriweather finished with 97 yards in two carries, while Mike Brito gained 71 yards in 17 carries.
Savanna was paced by sophomore Daven King, who rushed for 105 yards in 13 carries. King's running mate, Marlon Scott, had 49 yards in 13 carries and scored on a four-yard run.