Game Preview: Cypress vs. Anaheim

Just look at the common opponent in Friday's Southern Division semifinal matching Cypress and Anaheim and it's easy to say that the Colonists will be victorious

Just look at the common opponent in Friday's Southern Division semifinal matching Cypress and Anaheim and it's easy to say that the Colonists will be victorious.

 

Anaheim (11-1) defeated Garden Grove Pacifica last week 21-17. Cypress (10-2) was crushed by Pacifica 48-14 last month in Empire League action.

 

Simple deduction! Anaheim wins. Most likely, but not definitely. When Cypress lost to Pacifica, the Centurions' QB Matt Kanuse went out with an injury and Cypress does not beat anyone without its senior leader.

 

Kanuse was still out when Cypress lost to La Palma Kennedy 21-7. With a healthy Kanuse, Cypress is undefeated with big wins against Saddleback, Valencia, and an opening round upset win over Western.

 

Kanuse has thrown for 1,200 yards, 13 TD, and has rushed for another 7 TD and 300 yards. He has three excellent receivers in Ryan Saumur, Josh Davidson, and Anthony Jackson, who is a triple-threat at returning punts and kicks.

 

Cypress supplements its running game with Jacob Rivera, has has 9 TD, and had a big second round game last week as the Centurions defeated Corona del Mar 24-21.

 

"Kanuse is very good in the option and can run," said Katella coach Dominic Unger. "They will try to run the power "I" right at you and will go toe-to-toe with the offensive line. They do a good job with the athletes they have and have proven they can come back."

 

While Anaheim hasn't played the same level of competition as Cypress, its defense has been able to perk up when the offense hasn't. Unger's Katella squad lost big to both Cypress and Anaheim, but could not be reached for a prediction.

 

Anaheim suffered its only loss to Orange League rival Savanna 26-7 and like Cypress, also defeated Western. Anaheim logged an impressive win over Riverside Norte Vista 43-25.

 

The Colonists have two play makers with big credentials in all-leaguer's George Perdickez and Victor Torres and a QB with the stats that match those of Kanuse. Junior QB Vince Gomez has thrown for 1,300 yards and 12 TD.

 

"We've been very balanced with a 50/50 ratio of run and pass,'' said Colonists' coach Lanny Booher, who called his defensive end Anthony Walton, "a real terror." Another all-league performer, linebacker Chris Camacho can defend the pass and run. Perdickez also has five interceptions at strong safety.

 

Anaheim stacks the deck even more, now that running back Matt Contreras is back from injury. He ran for 170 yards and 2 TD to aid last week's victory.

 

Not a simple deduction. Anaheim wins.  
 


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