Los Angeles Preps: Ezequiel Rivera
December, 17, 2010
By Dan Arritt | ESPNLosAngeles.com
CARSON — The Corona Centennial football team was able to roll over one opponent after another this season, staggering teams with their relentless no-huddle offense and big-play ability.
But the Huskies couldn’t overcome Mother Nature and a mistake-free team from Palo Alto on Friday night in the CIF State Division I bowl game.
In the end, Maurice Williams partially blocked a 42-yard field-goal attempt by Ezequiel Rivera with 30 seconds remaining, sealing the 15-13 victory at the Home Depot Center.
The Huskies can look back on the agonizing 2 ½-hour bus ride through traffic, two lost fumbles, the errant snap that led to an early safety, or the two times they elected to forego a field-goal attempt while inside the 10-yard line and instead were stopped on downs.
"We had more turnovers tonight and more mistakes than we had all year long,” Centennial coach Matt Logan said. “I credit [Palo Alto], they played a great game, they stopped us on those plays and they were able to handle the conditions better than we did.”
Centennial (14-1) did an admirable job battling back from a 15-0 halftime deficit, made even more difficult because starting running back Barrinton Collins was knocked from the game after suffering a second-quarter concussion.
The Huskies had trouble with the wet conditions right from the start, as Collins fumbled on their first offensive series. It was the fifth straight game Centennial turned the ball over on its opening series.