Game Preview: Katella vs. Cypress

Katella junior QB Vincent Peraza (pictured), totaled over 300 yards passing /rushing, with 5 TD's, last week in a 48-7 win over Costa Mesa

Anaheim Katella has pretty much had its way with Cypress in recent years but Katella coach Dominic Unger admits that it could be different this year. Katella won last season 28-21.

The Knights will take on the Centurions in its Empire League opener on Friday at Handel Stadium on the grounds of Anaheim Western High.
Cypress swept five non-league opponents, while the Knights are 2-3.


"Cypress has a new staff and they do a good job with the athletes they have," said Unger.


Cypress features senior QB Matt Kanuse who can run/throw out of the Centurions option offense.


Occasionally, Cypress will revert to a Power-I formation. "I expect them to run right at us and we'll have to go toe-to-toe with their offensive line," said Unger.


Katella suits up a young team, with all but four starters up from last season's junior varsity.  Fullerton Sunny Hills exploited the Knights inexperience three weeks ago with a comeback win, 19-13.


Cypress is stocked with seniors, including 290 pound center Tim Burroughs.


Katella has committed to stay with junior QB Vincent Peraza, who totaled over 300 yards passing /rushing, with 5 TD's, last week in 48-7 mastery over Costa Mesa.


"Peraza makes good decisions, has good vision, is quick on his feet and has a quick release," said Unger.

The Knights will probe
Cypress with a spread offense, but won't hesitate to put the ball in the hands of senior tailback Louie Sanchez. Peraza has found wideout Garrett Blanke for an average of 24-yards per catch, and has been able to spread passes around to Tanner McCall, Brett Olsen, and Anthuan Lara; each averaging about 10 yards per reception.

It's no secret that if Katella can contain Kanuse, the results will be favorable. Kanuse has lead the Centurions to an average of 34 points per game and no team has completely stopped him.


Cypress has showed immense improvement over last season's total of 2 wins.


Kanuse has rushed for 5 TD's and passed for another 6, and can throw to all-purpose threats, 6-4, 200 pound Anthony Jackson or 6-2, 190 pound Josh Davidson, or pitch-out to tailback Jason Rivera. Jackson and Davidson both returned kickoffs 90-yards in a 30-27 win against Bellflower. Davidson is also a stopper at DB.


Trailing 17-0 in the second game of the season, Kanuse tossed 2 TD passes and ran for a 55-yard score with two minutes left to help defeat Fullerton 27-23. Kanuse finished with a total of 200 yards.


Katella is small defensively and relies on linebackers Dwayne Phillips and Fernando Castorena for leadership.


Cypress probably hasn't faced a team that will test them like Katella will. Katella has opposed one of the better teams around, losing to undefeated Anaheim 41-13 on Sept. 16th.


With Placentia Valencia and Garden Grove Pacifica added to the Empire League, and with La Palma Kennedy, neither Katella nor Cypress will have an easy route trying to earn a title.


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