Valley came into the game ranked No. 8 in the Southern Division, while Katella was on the bubble. This victory will certainly get the Knights some top-10 looks in next week's poll.
More importantly, the Knights control their own destiny in the Orange League.
Katella improved to 5-2 overall and 2-0 in league. The Falcons dropped to 4-3 and 1-1. Century is the other team unbeaten in the Orange League, and the Centurions play host to Magnolia on Friday night at 7 at Santa Ana Stadium.
Katella and Century hook up next Thursday at Santa Ana Stadium.
Katella has reeled off three consecutive victories in impressive fashion since a 15-12 defeat to Garden Grove, which is ranked No. 4 in the Southern Division.
The Knights have an impressive rushing attack. They entered tonight's game averaging 198 rushing yards per game, but they compiled 447 rushing yards against the Falcons. TJ Asmeade, a 6-2, 175-pound junior, had his second consecutive 200-yard rushing game.
Katella had some turnover issues, but its defense also forced a lot of turnovers.
The Knights are going to be a factor in the Southern Division playoffs.
THE THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL MADNESS STUDS:
TJ Ashmeade, Katella: Ricky Cobian rushed for 103 yards and one TD and Benjamin Cobb punched it in the end zone twice, but Ashmeade was the workhorse all night. He had 29 carries for 255 yards to make the TNFM Studs roster.