Final score: Katella 42, Anaheim 14
The game: The Knights used a powerful ground attack and swarming defense to open a 35-point lead at halftime and cruise to their eight straight victory to open the season. Katella running back Francisco Pineda led Katella's offense by rushing for 191 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries in the clash of first-place teams in the Orange League. The Knights' defense also recorded five sacks and held Anaheim to 137 yards. Katella outrushed Anaheim, 392-89. The Knights' first half was so strong, their two second-half fumbles didn't matter much.
Key to the game: Katella won the battle at the line of scrimmage and held the advantage in the speed department. The Knights' offensive line cleared running lanes for Pineda and four other ball carriers and also helped Katella get the tough yards and convert in the red zone. And while Katella ran the ball well, the combination of quarterback Joseph Vasquez and 6-foot-4 receiver James Fatasia kept Anaheim off balance. Pineda also supplied the speed, deflecting a pass on defense. Leo Ruiz added two sacks. "They have some speed this year," Anaheim coach Lanny Booher said of Katella.Read the rest of this entry »