Prep Impressions: Sept. 16, 2016
For all its success and inherent haters, Corona Centennial’s football program sure doesn’t help dissuade notions that it really is ‘The Evil Empire’.
There’s a mile-long list of things Matt Logan and Co. achieve to create an imposing atmosphere at home against their opponents: The red and black colors of the New Order, the imposing music, the overflowing sideline, the 6-foot-6 junior starting quarterback, the 6-foot-6 backup freshman quarterback, the… wait. What?!?
Just imagine a terrified 5-foot-10 linebacker staring down Centennial starting QB Tanner McKee on a sweep, but also knowing that the player right behind McKee on the Huskies’ depth chart is bigger!
Shane Illingsworth, conservatively listed at 6-foot-6 and 215 pounds, held a clipboard most of Friday night as he watched McKee do his thing.Illingworth did, however get on the field late in the third quarter as Centennial ran its lead to 28 points en route to a 48-17 win over Sherman Oaks Notre Dame.
He played one possession and was 2-for-4 for 11 yards in leading Centennial on a 75-yard drive, with three carries for 18 yards before the drive stalled at the 6.
The Huskies, of course, are again loaded with offensive skill players, lineman, defensive backs and multi-use talents.
McKee and starting tailback Miles Reed had almost certain NCAA Division 1 futures. Scads of others on this season’s roster will play on Saturdays.
McKee, who had played every minute for the Huskies until Week 3, has been the heir apparent at Centennial for good reason. He’s a pro-style QB in a pro-style QB’s body, but Illingsworth is a starter on any other Inland area team outside a select few.
He makes Matt Logan’s QB options seem ridiculous. Indeed, they’re almost other-worldly. Cue the Galactic theme music.