Cen­tral Catholic routs Elk Grove; In­derkum up next

The Modesto Bee (Sunday) - - High Schools - BY BRIAN CLARK bclark@mod­bee.com

The Cen­tral Catholic High School foot­ball team hasn’t been chal­lenged since mid-Septem­ber.

You’d have to go back to a Week 5 matchup against Man­teca since the Raiders have had to break a sweat in the sec­ond half.

It was more of the same Fri­day night, when Cen­tral rolled to a 49-0 half­time lead en route to a 49-7 vic­tory over Elk Grove in the sec­ond round of the Sac-Joaquin Sec­tion Divi­sion II play­offs.

Coach Roger Canepa feels those easy sec­ond­half runs may be over come Fri­day, when the Raiders (10-1) host In­derkum (11-0) — a 69-29 win­ner over Downey — in the semi­fi­nals at David Pat­ton Field.

“They’re un­de­feated and we have one loss,” Canepa said. “Some­thing has to give.”

In what’s be­com­ing a good habit, and what’s helped Cen­tral win nine straight games, are all the op­tions on of­fense emerg­ing be­side a de­fense that’s al­lowed 67 points — largely in junk time — since that 35-28 de­feat of Man­teca two months ago.

On Fri­day, Mi­naya Olivo had two TD runs (50 yards and 3 yards), D’An­gelo Bel­lamy scored on runs of 5 and 4 yards, Sithri Price hauled in a 49-yard TD pass from Dal­ton Duros­sette and Dawaiin McNeely scored on a 25-yard run.

“We got four or five ways to score now,” Canepa said. “That keeps them fresh on de­fense.”

Canepa, whose team is com­ing off its sec­ond bye week since Oct. 12, said he feels his team is more than pre­pared to go four quar­ters, which will likely oc­cur against In­derkum, the No. 3 seed.

“We can play four quar­ters,” Canepa said. “We found that out against De La Salle, Man­teca ... we’re OK.”

He’s also OK with the mind­set of his team.

“We won the VOL and en­joyed that for a night,” he said. “We got a bye for the play­offs and en­joyed that. Now we got a win and we’re in the semis.

“It’s one game at a time. We’re fo­cused.”

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