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Katella finishes first unbeaten season with shutout

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

ANAHEIM – Katella crushed Century, 49-0, in an Orange League game Thursday night at Glover Stadium to complete the first undefeated regular season in the 50-year history of the school.

Quarterback Joseph Vasquez ran for two touchdowns and passed for one, and Francisco Pineda had 8- and 45-yard scoring runs in the first half for the Knights (10-0, 5-0), who led 42-0 at halftime.

The Knights were also tough on defense, holding the Centurions (3-6, 1-4) to minus-5 yards. Katella sacked quarterback Adrian Martinez four times for a total of 29 yards and had nine other tackles for losses.

Katella advances to the CIF Southern Division as the league’s top seed. The Centurions likely completed their season. They are considered a longshot for one of the two at-large berths in the Southern Division.

Vasquez completed 7 of 8 passes for 142 yards and didn’t throw an interception. Pineda ran for 133 yards on 15 carries.

Katella played its reserves the entire second half, which was played with a running clock.

Vasquez, a 5-10, 190-pound senior, had 4- and 7-yard touchdowns rushing and tossed a 37-yard pass to James Faitasia in the first quarter.

Thomas Cuevas scored on a 1-yard run early in the second quarter to expand Katella’s lead to 28-0 and Pineda’s two scores in the final four minutes lifted Katella to its 42-0 lead.

Backup running back Jorge Fonseca scored on a 4-yard run in the third quarter. Nicolas Hurtado kicked seven straight extra points.

Junior Chris Sanchez was a star defensively for the Knights. He had two sacks, a pass breakup and was a primary run stopper.


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