Monday, August 04, 2008

PrepNation 101 Preseason FB Countdown: No. 9 Corona Centennial

9. Centennial (Corona, Calif.)
Last season’s record: 13-2, CIF Southern Section Inland Champion and Division I state runner-up
Coach: Matt Logan
Key players: LB Vontaze Burfict (6-2, 245, Sr.), LB Brandon Brown (6-2, 230, Jr.), OT Gavin Pascarella (6-5, 235, Sr.), WR Ricky Marvray (6-0, 180, Sr.), DT William Sutton (6-0, 260, Sr.), RB Arthur Burns (5-11, 215, Sr.), DE Anthony Whitlow (6-0, 220, Sr.), DB K.J. Vaifale (5-10, 180, Sr.), QB Taylor Martinez (6-0, 180, Sr.)
Biggest strength: Defensive front seven
Question mark: Secondary, inexperience at QB
Outlook: Nine returning starters plus two talented transfers could lead the Huskies to the top of the heap in Southern Cal football this season. The strength of Centennial’s defense will be stopping the run. In Burfict and Brown, the Huskies have perhaps the best pair of linebackers in the entire country. Burfict, a USC recruit, had over 100 tackles and four sacks as a junior. Brown, who transferred from rival Norco over the summer, will be a national recruit next year. On the line, Sutton and Whitlow combined for over 130 tackles and 10 sacks a year ago. The familiar quarterback/running back duo of Matt Scott (Arizona) and Ryan Bass (Arizona State) is now history. In its place steps Martinez and Burns. Martinez, a transfer from Cajon, is a great athlete who is being recruited by Division I colleges to play defensive back. Burns has multiple Division I offers despite only backing up Bass last season. In limited carries, he had over 500 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. Marvray caught 34 passes for 664 yards and eight touchdowns. The offensive line has some new faces lining up next to all-league tackle Pascarella, who is one of six Division I prospects in Centennial’s senior class.
Toughest games: Sept. 19 at No. 52 Mater Dei, Sept. 26 at Clovis West, Oct. 31 at WC No. 24 J.W. North, Nov. 7 at Santiago, Nov. 14 vs. Norco

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