Led by all-league defensive end Toa Tuitea and middle linebacker Adam Gutierrez, Westminster travels to Orange this Friday night. Kickoff at 7:00pm...
goes to Orange
to open Freeway League action on Friday at El Modena High, the fans will see he
high-powered ground attack of Orange
opposed to the more balanced scheme employed by the Lions.
game will go a long way to determine very early who might earn the Freeway
(2-3) is defending league champion and has won three straight games, including
an impressive 34-31 victory over Huntington
(3-2) will attempt to rebound from a stomach-turning 28-27 loss to
last week after taking a 27-7 lead into the 4th quarter, before losing in the
last minute. The Panthers also lost a 32-27 non-league squeaker to rival El
Modena of Orange.
Beach Marina was a common non-league opponent, with Orange taking the Vikings
42-27, and Westminster
will unleash its double-wing which has enabled Matt Contreras and Kirk Jones to
put up some of the best numbers in the county. Panther senior QB Curran
Moss missed last week's loss, but should be ready for Friday. Moss, a converted
D-back, is still learning his new position and hasn't thrown
has the clear nod at QB with senior Ben Chapple averaging 150 yards passing per
game and can run as well. "Chapple is a very good playmaker. He'll make big
plays and is a very good scrambler," said Lions' coach Ted
favorite target, Adam Santana has been slowed by a sprained knee and according
to McMillen, his status for the game is unknown.
had a career game versus Huntington
two weeks ago with 11 receptions, 224 yards and 3 TD's. Santana averages 116
yards receiving and his health ways heavy for the Lions, who also need his
all-purpose yardage at punt and kick returner.
the Panthers, Westminster
doesn't possess two exceptional running backs, but have a mighty good one in
Charles Osgood, who averages 115 yards per game and has scored six TD's. Osgood
ran for 180 yards, with 2 TD's against both Marina and Fullerton
does have another option at running back in Steven Marquez, who has put up some
numbers with limited carries.
it comes down to rushing, the name of that game is called
Jones has already scored 15 TD's and averages 11-yards per carry and can catch
the ball if needed. Contreras has scored five touchdowns and rushes for about
130 yards per game.
rolled up 184 yards against Anaheim Magnolia and 153 versus El Modena. Jones is
a scoring machine, reaching the end zone three times each against Marina and El
Modena. Jones totaled another five TD's against
has two running backs. This year it's Jones and Contreras," said
team has stopped the Orange
offense in non-league, but teams have able to slow
who has taken on the more difficult non-league schedule. The Lions gave
(5-0) a bad time and trailed 36-27 late in the game before losing
by all-league defensive end Toa Tuitea and middle linebacker Adam Gutierrez,
would seem to have the edge defensively and that's what coaches say wins
game will be very physical. It will be a war," said Mc Millen.