The Alemany Warriors defeated the Corona Centennial Huskies 45-28 Friday night in a front of a raucous home crowd.
The game got off to a fast start with the Huskies storming down the field in the opening minute and taking the lead on a 33-yard touchdown run by Cal commit Tre Watson. Quarterback Robert Webber converted the two-point try with a short run.
Alemany responded with an impressive drive of their own. Dual-threat quarterback Alif Grayes extended several plays with his mobility and scrambled for a key first down on 4th and 4 to keep the drive alive. Grayes cashed it in with a 12-yard touchdown burst to cut the deficit to 8-7.
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The Warriors defense stymied the high-octane Huskies offense after the opening drive. Cal commit Quentin Tartabull, senior Brandon Boyd and junior Tyree Thompson led the charge for the Alemany D while junior Colin Samuel stepped up with a huge interception in the end zone.
Junior Dominic Davis busted loose for a 80-yard touchdown run to give Alemany the 14-8 advantage with 4:19 left in the first quarter. Davis also hauled in two interceptions on defense. Alemany is loaded with talent that shines on both sides of the ball.
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Watson equalized for the Huskies with a 19-yard touchdown scamper, his second of the contest. The two-point try was unsuccessful.
After Grayes linked up with Tartabull on a long completion into Centennial territory, the Warriors finished off the drive with a 2-yard touchdown plunge by junior bulldozer Okalani Langi, his first of three scores on the evening.
Another short TD run by Langi extended the Warriors lead to 28-14 with halftime approaching. The Huskies got a much needed touchdown on a 58-yard touchdown strike from Webber to UCLA commit Barry Ware with only two seconds left to cut the gap to 28-21 at the half.
Alif Grayes made several nice plays on the opening drive of the second half to march the Warriors into scoring territory. Grayes capped it off with a 25-yard touchdown run to give Alemany a 35-21 advantage. A 72-yard bomb from Grayes to speedster Desean Holmes set up a field goal that extended the lead to 38-21.
The Alemany defense came up with a big fourth down stop on a big time sack by Tyree Thompson that allowed Grayes and Davis, who rushed for over 145 yards, to grind out the clock. Langi's third touchdown run gave the Warriors a commanding 45-21 early in the final quarter.
Webber led Centennial down for another touchdown by calling his own number on a keeper to cut the deficit to 45-28 with about ten minutes to go. The Huskies were unable to claw back any further and the Warriors closed out an impressive 45-28 victory.
Up next for Alemany is another tough home game against St. Bonaventure of Ventura next Friday. After losing consecutive games for the first time since 2003, Centennial will look to bounce back with a home game against Carson.