Prep Preview: Santiago at Centennial

I’m covering the Corona Santiago-Corona Centennial varsity football game tonight, Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, for The Press-Enterprise, HSGametime.pe.com & @PEcom_preps.

The best part of this assignment is getting my third look this season at Centennial, one of the nation’s top teams.

SantiagoLOGOTHE LOW DOWN:
The Sharks (4-3 overall, 2-0 Big VIII) are doing whatever it takes to win games — that’s four in a row! — and have some palpable momentum going into this week’s game. It’s hard to escape the feeling, however, that there’s little stopping Centennial from claiming another league title. Senior kicker Jake Roberts was the hero with a 23-yard field goal to seal last week’s win, and senior QB Jacob Hennie has put together a solid season to this point. Tonight is Hennie’s one-and-only shot against the Huskies. He’s completed 60 percent of his passes for 1,200 yards and 13 TDs in seven career starts (all this season). Can he catch lightning in a bottle?

centennialLOGOThe Huskies (7-0 overall, 2-0 Big VIII) keep on keeping on. After shaking off some rust vs. Riverside King in Week 6 the Dawgs came to play in Week 7, chewing apart Eastvale Roosevelt on the road. Now come the two intra-city rivalries and Norco this finish the regular season. Are the all merely tune-up games for the PAC-5 playoffs? Senior QB Anthony Catalano would be having a monster statistical season if he averaged more than two quarters of play. As it is his QB rating hovers above 145.0.

THE KEY PLAYERS:
Santiago
— QB Jacob Hennie (Sr., 5-foot-11, 183 pounds); RB Mason Hale (Sr., 5-10, 165); RB Kamari Carter (Sr., 5-9, 170); WR Jacob Ricard (Sr., 5-9, 170); WR Andreau Benny (Sr., 6-1, 175); SB John North (Jr., 5-9, 150); OLB Terrell Sayles (Sr., 6-1, 215); MLB Tyler Desario (Sr., 5-11, 195); OLB Alex Benter (Soph., 6-2, 200); FS/DB Tyler Williams (Sr., 5-10, 165); FS/CB Nate Acosta (Sr., 5-11, 160); WR/SS Justin Romo (Jr., 6-foot, 165); K/P Jake Roberts (Sr., 6-2, 180).

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).

THE DIFFERENCE:
Centennial’s running game. It could be dominant but it seems to thrive in bursts. By the way, isn’t senior RB/WR Samonte Bonner being used much like Barrinton Collins in 2009? Bonner was a dominant runner for the Huskies down the stretch last season but doesn’t have a single carry this year.

THE FINAL SCORE:
Centennial 49, Santiago 28

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