Katella runs past Godinez


ANAHEIM - Katella’s vaunted rushing attack and stingy defense proved to be too much to handle for Godinez on Friday night.

The Knights rushed for 443 yards and forced three turnovers en route to a dominating 44-7 victory over the Grizzlies in a CIF-Southern Section Southern Division first-round game at Glover Stadium.

The triumph advances Katella (9-2) to the second round where it will face Woodbridge next week at Woodbridge High. The Warriors defeated Westminster, 20-17, Friday.

The victory was Katella’s seventh in a row and first in the postseason since 1998. The nine victories also broke the school record for victories in a season.

“The kids really stepped it up tonight,” Knights coach Fred DiPalma said. “We need to continue doing that because there are a lot of good teams in this division.”

Katella’s defense has been nothing less than stellar throughout the season, limiting teams to just 8.5 points a game and giving up no more than 15 points in a game. But Katella’s offense has been electric, averaging 39 points.

“There’s no secret to it,” DiPalma said, “we just play hard-nosed on both sides of the ball.”

Senior running back T.J. Ashmeade, the county’s sixth-leading rusher, finished with 140 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. He has 1,670 yards for the year, a school record.

Katella quarterback Roberto Resendez was 3 of 5 for 88 yards and a touchdown — a 50-yard strike to Joseph Rivera — and also rushed for a 1-yard score. Junior Zeron and Jose Mora also scored rushing touchdowns of 34 and 80 yards.

Godinez (4-7) tallied its lone score with 11 seconds left in the first half on a 14-yard touchdown catch by Brian Hernandez.

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