Prep Impressions: Week 7

I covered the Corona Centennial-Riverside King varsity football game on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, for The Press-Enterprise and HSGametime.com, and came away thinking the Wolves had the right game plan but did not have the experience to execute it.

King QB Jacob Rodgers was connecting with his receivers in spots where Centennial’s defenders were not, and moving the ball effectively on several of the Wolves’ drives. He completed his first nine pass attempts — finishing 21 for 34 for 175 yards — and connected with nine different teammates overall.

Offensively, King might be a playoff team. Defensively, they most certainly are not. The Wolves stopped Centennial on their first drive but the Huskies scored on their next six drives en route to winning via blowout.

Make no mistake, though, the Wolves (6-1 overall, 1-1 Big VIII) are on the way up. And even Centennial coach Matt Logan knows it.

“They’re much, much improved. It won’t be long before they put it all together,” Logan said after his team trounced King 70-28 on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013.

Centennial RB Tre Watson was at it again, running for 184 yards and two long TDs as the Huskies continue to fine tune their engines for what they already think will be a CIF-State playoff run.

Huskies QB Robert Webber accounted for four TDs and was 13 for 20 for 331 yards. He ran for scores of 18 and 1 yards, respectively, and had two TD passes of exactly 82 yards.

Centennial QB Robert Webber:
“We just wanted to get after them early, get some points on them early, so that’s what we tried to do — hit them quick, easy, fast and hopefully our tempo will help us with that. Every game’s a statement. Especially after we lost those two early. We can’t take any team lightly. You have to expect the best out of everyone you play. I missed a few guys early (but) it was a pretty good game.”

King coach Kevin Corridan:
“It’s just one of those things where us, as a building program, against a Centennial who’s a proven; We’ve got to be perfect in execution and we had some breakdowns. And they’ve got a real-deal running back in Tre Watson. That kid is unreal. He’s every bit the billing that they have on him. Our kids, they fought for 48 minutes with courage and did everything they could to stay in the game and make plays in the game and they didn’t back down from anything. I was proud of their effort. Jake (Rogers) did a good job tonight. He made some good decisions within our game plan to effectively move the ball. We had some receivers step up and make some good plays. It was good to see Terrelle Smith get in a contribute — been waiting for him to do so all year and he finally did something tonight. Hakeem Farha is sort of our good-hands kid. He’s done a great job. And DeWitt Caswell has run his tail off with the line blocking. With our line and DeWitt — those kids gave everything they could tonight. Our goal’s to go to the playoffs. Our long-term picture is this is our third year, this is the year we have an opportunity to go. We believe we’re a playoff caliber team. We believe in execution and the things we did well tonight and that we can compete with anybody out there. We want to win league and we look forward to the opportunities in front of us. Our goal going into the game was to make the play, and not the big play ’cause the big play will come when you make the right play. It’s sort of our philosophy and I think on that last (fumble) poor DeWitt — he was just scraping for anything he could and it’s hard to fault a kid who’s giving you everything he can possibly give you — he puts it on the ground. It’s just the nature of the beast. It wasn’t a letdown. The score… I think we had them on the ropes. They felt some pressure from our kids and the courage that our kids showed against a good football team and a good program. We’re fine. We’re ready to rock-and-roll and get into films and iron some things out and go prepare for Santiago.”

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