Rushing offenses take center stage in Sunny Hills-Kennedy rematch – Orange County Register

Game of the week

Sunny Hills (3-0) vs. Kennedy (2-2)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Buena Park High

Under third-year coach Pete Karavedas, Sunny Hills is 11-2 in preseason games, a testament to the program his coaching staff runs in the summer for kids seeking respect in the fall.

That the Lancers scorch every September is no fluke.

Despite last week’s bye, Alex Jung leads the county with 863 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. Behind an experienced offensive line, the senior averages 9 yards a carry – a death knell for defenses hoping to force Sunny Hills into second-and-longs and other passing situations.

Kennedy won last year’s meeting that way.

Coached by a former linebacker in Sean Clark, the Irish stonewalled a rushing offense averaging 44 points per game. Twelve points that night were enough for victory.

Clark’s defense this season blanked Katella’s run-heavy offense in Week 0, then allowed only 52 yards on the ground to a real good Aliso Niguel team two weeks later.

Kennedy’s Alonzo Pineda rushed for 127 yards against Sunny Hills in 2016, and now has Ray Aldapa as a running mate.

In a game featuring stellar rushing offenses, the better aerial attack will come in handy in big spots.

Prediction: Sunny Hills

Villa Park”s Dylan Bonilla, right, jumps up to catch a pass in front of Servite’s Samuel Rovano in the fourth quarter in Cerritos on Friday, September 15, 2017. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Other games

Villa Park (2-1) vs. El Modena (3-0)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: El Modena High

Villa Park kept up with Servite for 24 minutes last week, but had no answer for a dual-threat quarterback who accounted for five touchdowns and led his team to a big victory.

To avoid a second consecutive loss, the Spartans must corral a dual-threat quarterback who last week also accounted for five touchdowns and led his team to a big victory.

With 20-plus starts behind center, El Modena senior A.J. Esperanza is one of the most experienced signal callers in Orange County.

The kid has total command of the offense in his third year, and gets to choose from no less than five options on every snap. Andrew Carvajal and Justin Simpson are electric in open space, and Josh Smith (6-foot-1) and Ryan Smith (6-foot-3) have absurd catch radii.

And if no one is open, Esperanza can tuck the ball and run.

Villa Park coach Dusan Ancich hasn’t lost to El Modena – a 9-game winning streak during which the only scare came in 2014, a 10-9…

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