Prep Impressions: Week 8-B

Corona Centennial senior J.J. Taylor ran for 253 yards vs. Santiago in '14 (above) and another 114 this season. / Photo for The Press-Enterprise

Corona Centennial senior J.J. Taylor ran for 253 yards vs. Santiago in ’14 (above) and another 114 this season. / Photo for The Press-Enterprise

I covered the Corona Santiago-Corona Centennial varsity football game on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, for The Press-Enterprise, HSGametime.pe.com & @PEcom_preps, and came away thinking 19 is much better than 13.

Centennial has defeated Santiago 19 consecutive times — not 13 as I wrote in my game story — and isn’t that just a better number anyway? So yeah, Centennial is even more dominant than previously reported.

And the Huskies were pressing for even more dominance in the first half vs. Santiago, amassing 65 points after scoring on all nine of its drives.

The best part was that it wasn’t good enough for senior QB Anthony Catalano.

The 5-foot-9 right-hander was hot early and even hotter after a couple of dropped passes killed his momentum, verbally venting his frustration more than once. After a 6-for-6, two-TD start, Catalano completed just two of his last seven attempts. He left on a high note with a 13-yard TD to Samonte Bonner on his final throw.

The Javon McKinley-to-Cameron Jackson WR toss was exactly that — a toss. It wasn’t a beautifully-thrown spiral so much as a lofted heave, but it got the job done and was a terrific bang-bang play in what was already a rout.

Santiago tried a balanced offensive effort but were held to 4.9 yards per play, were forced to punt on their first three drives and failed to gain traction until head coach Scott Morrison went to junior QB Alex Sandoval before halftime. Sandoval’s first drive ended in a 55-yard interception return for TD by Centennial senior DB Chacho Ulloa, but Santiago’s young signal caller got better in the second half and completed 6 of his final 10.

Corona Santiago head coach Scott Morrison:
“We decided to give the other guy a chance. It’s the first time we’ve played against them. They’re a great team. You see them on TV all the time. I’m not new to them. We gave up 79 points (laughs) so we didn’t fare very well. There are no moral victories. We got beat tonight and there’s nothing that’s good about that. We competed but again, there are no moral victories. There’s a lot we can learn from and a lot we can get better, but it’s still a loss. It goes down in the loss column and we cannot accept that. If we accept that moral-victory stuff we’re never going to win big games.”

Corona Centennial head coach Matt Logan:
“Just concentrate on our job and what we have to do. We want to execute on all three sides of the ball. I thought it wasn’t a very good defensive performance. I think we can play better, and I think they exposed us some. That’s good, that’s good for us. Something to work on, and sometimes it’s good to get knocked down a little bit.”

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