Prep Preview: Corona at Centennial

I’m covering the Corona-Corona Centennial varsity football game tonight, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, for The Press-Enterprise, HSGametime.pe.com & @PEcom_sports.

The best part of this assignment will probably be the halftime snack buffet. Last week there was pumpkin raisin bread!

coronaLOGOTHE LOW DOWN:
The Panthers (5-3 overall, 1-2 Big VIII) were competitive against Norco in a Week 7 loss, then rebounded nicely to beat Eastvale Roosevelt in a shootout last week. Senior QB Jake Sparks continues to spread the ball around with aplomb, and now has a handful of receivers with at least 20 receptions. Junior RB Malik Walker set a new career high with 147 yards vs. Norco but has had his ups-and-downs and totaled just 55 yards vs. Roosevelt. Getting a consistent effort from an undersized and inexperienced defense has been difficult for coach Stephen Hill, who continues to have this program moving in the right direction despite the result tonight or the program’s damning record vs. Centennial.

centennialLOGOThe Huskies (8-0 overall, 3-0 Big VIII) are coming off their finest offensive performance of the season, a 79-31 victory over Corona Santiago that wasn’t as close as the score indicates. Senior QB Anthony Catalano has shown that he can reach another gear, but needs to connect early with his receivers for the team to get going. Senior RB J.J. Taylor has been utilized cautiously but effectively, and still manages at least one long-distance TD per game. Senior WR Javon McKinley has been seen making big plays in the first 15 minutes of games, but senior WR Cameron Jackson has been an excellent No. 2 option.

THE KEY PLAYERS:
Corona
— QB Jake Sparks (Sr., 5-foot-10, 150 pounds); RB Malik Walker (Jr., 5-10, 176); WR Ian Sutherland (Sr., 6-2, 195); WR Jeremiah Boatner (Jr., 5-9, 160); WR Nick Fecarotta (Sr., 5-9, 185); WR Montre Berry (Jr., 5-11, 160); WR/FS Kenyata Gibson (Sr., 5-10, 170); DT Josh Mansfield (Sr., 5-9, 182), OLB/SS John Lacrue (Sr., 6-foot, 175); MLB Elijah Hines (Sr., 6-foot, 215); DT Tony Fusi (Jr., 5-9, 265); NG David Valadez (Sr., 6-foot, 235); K John Cross (Jr., 5-10, 165).

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 will not stop scoring. The Huskies had 65 points by halftime last week — it was scary — so who knows what kind of fright they’re going to put into Corona on Homecoming before Halloween.

THE FINAL SCORE:
Centennial 56, Corona 13

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