Prep Preview: King at Centennial

I’m covering the Riverside King-Corona Centennial varsity football game tonight for The Press-Enterprise and HSGametime.pe.com. The best part of this assignment is that it’ll be interesting to see just how far King has come this season.

THE LOW DOWN:
This game is always practically pre-determined, with Centennial having won each of the seven meetings between the two teams. Last year the Huskies won 58-3, and Coach Matt Logan’s teams have not allowed more than 14 points to King in their last six vs. the Wolves.

King (4-3 overall, 1-1 Big VIII) is riding a win-loss formula equal to .500. The Wolves beat Norte Vista in Week 1, lost to La Sierra in Week 2, defeated Patriot in Week 3, lost to Citrus Hill in Week 4, beat Ramona in Week 5, lost to Roosevelt in Week 6 and defeated Corona in Week 7. So then there won’t be any complaining when Coach Kevin Corridan’s team loses to Centennial in Week 8? Senior FB/S Avery Richardson is a Division 1-level talent, and Dylan Holsey has emerged from the shadows to have this team thinking it can make the playoffs. If only they could find a away to sneak up on Centennial and get that break-through win…

Centennial (6-1 overall, 2-0 Big VIII) was slow to get going in the first half vs. Norco but turned on the offense in the second half en route to a narrow 38-37 victory in what The P-E’s Eric-Paul Johnson called “one of the best non-playoff games I’ve ever seen.” Senior RB Austin Renken and junior TB Tre Watson combined for 244 rushing yards and two TDs, and senior QB Robert Webber continued his fantastic season with another solid 200-yard-and-a-TD performance. All of the yardage could not be gained, of course, without senior OLs Cameron Hunt and Anthony Juarez. For all the points the score, this offense goes as they go.

THE KEY PLAYERS:
King — QB: Brent Hollingsworth, Jr. (6-foot-4, 190 pounds); RB/LB: Logan Newman, Sr. (6-foot, 195); RB/DB: Dylan Holsey, Sr. (5-10, 180); WR/DB: Terrelle Smith Jr., Jr. (5-11, 175); RB/LB: Avery Richardson, Sr. (6-foot, 200); OL/DL: Josh Walker, Sr. (6-3, 300); WR/DB: Garrett Kelley, Sr. (6-3, 180); TE/DL: Gage Lackey, Jr. (6-4, 200).

Centennial — QB: Robert Webber, Jr. (5-foot-10, 170 pounds); RB: Austin Renken, Sr. (5-6, 155); Tre Watson, Jr. (5-10, 190); WR: Chase Krivishae, Sr. (5-9, 165); Ryan Pascarella, Sr. (6-2, 190); LB: Anthony Yim, Sr. (5-10, 210); OL: Cameron Hunt, Sr. (6-4, 285); Anthony Juarez, Sr. (6-3, 310); DL: Garrett Hughes, Sr. (6-2, 250); K: Rigo Luna, Sr. (5-10, 180).

THE DIFFERENCE:
History is history. King has never defeated Centennial and no one should expect that to change tonight. The Wolves has some strength in their offensive line, however, and Holsey has surprised, but Centennial’s up-tempo offense will likely overwhelm for an eighth consecutive season.
THE FINAL SCORE: Centennial 48, King 31

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