Knights slash Centurions 34–8
By Henry J. Medina
Anaheim, CA — On Thursday, Katella (7–1, 3–0) hosted Century (4–4, 0–3) in a matchup that started off as a close battle in the first half, but after some halftime adjustments and some big plays, the Knights easily walked away with a victory.
It was an eventful night for Katella not only because they picked up the win but because the San Di-…eh hem, the Los Angeles Chargers (yes, those Chargers) selected head coach Fred Di Palma for Orange County Coach of the Week.
Early on, both teams vied for field position. Katella came out with a solid opening drive. But Knights senior quarterback, Nathan Arrington, wound up throwing an interception in the end zone. It was a pass he wished he could have back.
However, the Knights would score first, a few drives later. Junior running back, Andrew Pisani, would punch in the first score for Katella on a short TD scamper.
After an unsuccessful two-point conversion, the Centurions countered with their only score of the game. Sophomore quarterback, David Tapia, connected with burly 6–4 senior tight end, Joel Camarena, on a cross-field throw in double-coverage. Century would take the lead, 8–6, after a successful two-point conversion run by senior Alexis Rodriguez.
Katella would continue to lean on the run game led by Pisani. The Knights’ senior quarterback found plenty of space of his own on the outside, but he would cost his offense another red zone opportunity after coughing up a fumble in the 2nd quarter.
Arrington had this to say about the play after the game on Twitter:
And it didn’t happen again. The upperclassman showed great poise the rest of the game as he and Pisani would each rush past the “century” mark. However, he would throw a sloppy interception over the middle later in the second half.
Fortunately for the Knights, the turnover bug would not cripple them. Century failed to sustain drives and penalties hurt the Centurions’ offense throughout the game.
Senior wide receiver, Carlos Guerra, showed a great connection with his classmate quarterback, especially on 3rd down. He picked up several key first downs to keep drives alive and showed great awareness adjusting to the ball downfield.
Katella would go on to score 28 unanswered points. Pisani would score his second touchdown of the game before halftime and give the Knights a 14–8 lead after getting the nod to pick up the two-point conversion as well.
Coming out of the locker room at halftime, Century tried to pound the rock, but the Knights’ defense was stout against the run in this one. Junior defensive end, Leo Mauricio, made severally plays in the backfield for the Knights. There was little, if any, room to run, and the Centurions were forced to air it out. More on this later.
With the defense getting stops, the offense could loosen up. Air G (Arrington to Guerra) would take flight as Arrington, with two defenders in his face, would give his receiver a chance to make a big play down the sideline for 6.
Then, the Knights’ defense decided to make a splash of their own.
A fan before the game had predicted “#34! He’s the one going to make a play for the defense.” And that fan was right!
With the lead building, Tapia tried to complete a pass across the middle with black jerseys all around. Junior linebacker Samuel Rosario intercepted Tapia’s pass and took it all the way to the house for the score to give Katella a 27–8 advantage.
Knights fans everywhere could rest easy after that play. Pisani would eventually get his 3rd rushing TD of the game to ice the cake, 34–8.
The rushing attack for the Knights gashed the Centurions’ defense for 308 yards on 46 carries (7.0 yards/attempt).
Pisani looked great running between the tackles from the gun. He finished with 3 rushing TDs and 109 yards on 20 carries.
Arrington finished the night 9–18 passing for 138 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT and outrushed Pisani with 115 yards on 11 carries.
The latter part of Air G caught 7 passes for 122 yards and 1 TD.
Medina Young Man of the Week: KHS RB Andrew Pisani