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We set the tone for 2018 by looking at high school football's elite.
Head coach: Matt Logan
Last season: 10-3, No. 12 national ranking, lost 62-34 to St. John Bosco in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 semifinals.
Last decade: 124-20, one state title
Famous alumni/players: Vontaze Burfict, Cincinnati Bengals MLB; Will Sutton, Former Bears/Vikings DT; Ike Anigbogu, Indiana Pacers center.
Star power (According to 247Sports):
5-star recruits — 0; 4-star recruits — 2; 3-star recruits — 3
WR Gary Bryant (5-10, 160, Jr.)
One of the best wideouts in California, the talented playmaker from the Class of 2020 is a Top 100 player overall on 247sports.
DE Drake Jackson (6-4, 260, Sr.)
Expect one of the best edge rushers in the state to have a monster senior year. CB Isaiah Young (5-10, 160, Jr.)
— The offers keep coming for the talented defensive back. He will emerge as one of the top corners from the Class of 2020. LB/DE Korey Foreman (6-4, 245, So.)
Foreman is an absolute freak of an athlete and one of the most talented players in the country from the Class of 2021. RB Thomas Kinslow (5-10, 180, Sr.)
The top two running backs from last year's team are back, led by Kinslow and Octavio Cortes
KEY GAMESAug. 17
— vs. No. 10 Chandler (Ariz.)
at Orange Lutheran (Orange)
vs. PittsburgSept. 7
— at No. 24 Narbonne (Harbor City)Oct. 12
— at NorcoSTORYLINES
• Even with Tanner McKee
graduated, don't expect Centennial's offense to slow down one bit. Coach Logan runs one of the best systems no matter who is under center. This year will be a little different because there's a quarterback battle between Carter Freedland
, a transfer from Mater Dei (Santa Ana), and Reggie Retzlaff
, a transfer from Claremont. There's a good chance both get reps.
• Logan is one of the best coaches in the country. The power from the Inland Empire has gone 148-23 since 2006 and they have won at least 10 games every season. The Huskies have made the CIF state championship game six times with the lone win coming back in 2008.
• Bryant is a name to keep tabs on this season. One of the most polished wide receivers in the country, expect him to put up Javon McKinley
-type numbers during his final two years of high school.