Katella quarterback Nathan Arrington runs for a first half touchdown past Anaheim's Victor Ocampo during their football game at Western High in Anaheim, Calif. on Thursday, October 13, 2016. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Katella improves to 7-0 with rout of Anaheim


ANAHEIM – Katella remained undefeated with a 50-16 win over Anaheim in an Orange League game Thursday at Western High.

Katella, ranked No. 1 in CIF-Southern Section Division 11, is 7-0 overall and 2-0 in the Orange League. Katella has won 14 consecutive Orange League games. The Knights won their final two league games in 2013, then went 5-0 in league in 2014 and ’15.

Anaheim is 2-5 overall and 1-1 in league. The Colonists beat Magnolia in a league game last week. Katella beat Savanna in league last week.

Katella senior running back Francisco Pineda rushed for 137 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries. He also scored on a 38-yard screen pass.

Knights junior quarterback Nathan Arrington completed 9 of 13 passes for 172 yards and three touchdowns without an interception. He also rushed for 59 yards and a touchdown.

Sophomore running back Edward Williams converted screen pass receptions into touchdowns covering 30 and 33 yards. Williams finished with 76 receiving yards.

Anaheim senior running back Raymond Serna rushed for 113 yards and one touchdown. Colonists junior quarterback Adam Rodriguez scored their other touchdown on an 8-yard run, and Anaheim got a safety in the fourth quarter. A running clock was in play for the fourth quarter, which occurs whenever the point differential reaches 35 or more points in the final quarter.

Katella coach Fred DiPalma liked the Knights’ enthusiasm.

“I couldn’t tell how they would play before the game,” he said. “But I liked the way they came out. They were fired up, and I liked our tempo.”

The Knights played second-string players through much of the second half.

Katella scored touchdowns on all six of its first-half possessions and its first possession of the second half. The Knights opened the game with a seven-play, 79-yards scoring drive that ended with a 15-yard touchdown run by Rafael Martinez. They controlled the game from there.

The Knights had a 22-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. They took a 43-7 lead into halftime and brought a 50-14 advantage in the fourth quarter.

Anaheim plays Savanna at Glover Stadium next Friday. Katella plays Santa Ana Valley next Thursday at Glover Stadium.

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