Prep Preview: Centennial at King

I’m covering the Corona Centennial-Riverside King varsity football game tonight, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015 for The Press-Enterprise, HSGameTime.pe.com & @PEcom_preps.

The best part of this assignment is that it’ll be the fifth consecutive season in which I’ve covered this particular early October matchup.

centennialLOGOTHE LOW DOWN:
Centennial (5-0 overall) is running roughshod through another schedule of teams more or less as good as last season. Do they have anything more to bring? The first-team offense looks to be settled into playing only as much as necessary as the defense continues to shine. Senior LB Zach Brumbaugh, last year’s Pac-5 Defensive Player of the Year, flies under the radar while defensive backs Camyrn Bynum, Kentrell Love et al keep opposing receivers on islands. The Huskies have allowed just 47 total so far this season.

kingLOGO3Riverside King (3-2 overall) got on a roller-coaster in Week 1 and have endured massive swings of inertia all season. CAUTION! This may cause nausea: The Wolves beat Great Oak in double OT to open their season, then lost by two TDs to Menifee Paloma Valley, then played another emotional 2OT game to beat rival Riverside Poly, then lost by almost 50 points at Santa Margarita, then destroyed MoVal Canyon Springs 49-0 on homecoming last week. Pattern logic dictates an unfavorable result for Kevin Corridan and Co., again.

THE KEY PLAYERS:
Centennial
— QB Anthony Catalano (Sr., 5-foot-10, 165 pounds); RB J.J. Taylor (Sr., 5-6, 165); RB/LB Samonte Bonner (Sr., 5-7, 180); WR Javon McKinley (Sr., 6-2, 205); WR Cameron Jackson (Sr., 5-6, 165); T Daniel Juarez (Sr., 6-5, 285); OL Paula Hajoka (Sr., 6-2, 290); DL Jack Powers (Sr., 6-5, 215); LB Zach Brumbaugh (Sr., 6-foot, 215); DB Chacho Ulloa (Sr., 6-foot, 195); DB Kentrell Love (Sr., 6-2, 175) DB Desmond Williams (Sr., 6-foot, 190); K Jake Perez (Sr., 5-10, 165).

Riverside King — QB Bradley Kleven (Jr., 6-foot-5, 190 pounds); RB Cardell Walder (Jr., 5-9, 165); RB/CB Jason Gonzalez (Sr., 5-9, 160); RB/LB Terence Thompson (Sr., 5-10, 220); TE Tyler Krepsz (Sr., 6-3, 235); WR/SS Gavin Mercer (Jr., 5-10, 170); FS/SB Dante Anderson (Sr., 6-1, 182); WR/CB Jarrod Favors (Jr., 6-3, 168); T/DT John Krahn (Jr., 7-0, 440); MLB/FB Matt Tartt (Sr., 6-0, 220); SS Brett Norris (Sr., 5-9, 180); K Mason Mapes (Soph., 6-2, 140).

THE DIFFERENCE:
Over the last 10 meetings, Centennial has outscored King by an average of 33.2 points per. That’s statistical fact. When was the last time these teams played anything resembling a close game? The Huskies won by their smallest margin in a 24-14 victory in 2009. No reason to expect a miracle tonight.

THE FINAL SCORE:
Centennial 45, Riverside King 21

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