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PREP FOOTBALL: Chaparral can't keep pace with Centennial

03/04/2013, 2:10pm PST
By By AARON MENDONCA For The Californian

CORONA -- Corona Centennial's big-play ability was too much for

CORONA -- Corona Centennial's big-play ability was too much for Chaparral as the top-ranked team in CIF Southern Section Inland Division pulled away in the second half for a 49-14 victory over the Pumas.

The Huskies (2-1) had 11 plays that went for more than 20 yards and ran up 430 yards of offense. Quarterback Hayden Gavett had 236 yards and two touchdowns through the air and added another 117 yards and two more touchdowns rushing.

Still looking for the first win under new coach Ryan Tukua, Chaparral (0-3) stayed close in the first half and trailed just 21-14 at halftime.

Things began to fall apart in the third quarter as Centennial scored on the opening drive of the half on a 20-yard pass from Gavett to Giles Guy-Williams, who had three receptions for 112 yards.

Chaparral was poised to strike right back and drove the ball down to the Huskies' 35-yard line, but quarterback Matt Morin's pass was picked off by Izaac Colunga at the 5.

Helped by a two big penalties on the Pumas, Centennial marched down the field and scored on a fourth-and-goal at the 1 on a run by Romello Goodman to push the lead to 35-14 with 10:49 left in the fourth quarter.

After a three-and-out by Chaparral, it only took the Huskies four plays to put another touchdown on the board on a 55-yard pass from Gavett to Isaac Crandall to make it 42-14 with 7:16 to play.

After the Pumas turned the ball over on downs, backup quarterback Robert Webber threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Barry Ware to extend the lead to 49-14 with 4:21 to play.

In the first half, it appeared Chaparral would be able to keep pace with the Huskies. Morin scored the first of two touchdowns on a 2-yard keeper with 4:48 remaining in the first quarter to tie the score at 7-7.

Centennial scored two more touchdowns to take a 21-7 lead in the second quarter, but the Pumas answered back as a 28-yard run by Justin Harris set up a 19-yard touchdown run by Morin to close to 21-14 with 3:25 to play in the half.

It was an uneven offensive effort as the Pumas gained 248 yards on offense. Harris had 82 yards on the ground on 10 carries, but left the game in the third quarter after suffering a leg injury.

Morin had 59 yards rushing on 15 carries and the two scores, but threw for just 53 yards on 9-of-20 passing with two interceptions.

Chris Stratton caught five passes for 32 yards.

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