Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the CIF has pushed back the California high school football season to January. Most Sections are now scheduled to start practice in December and play games starting in early January.
As teams across the state finalize their 2020-21 football schedules, SBLive will take a closer look at the schedules and best matchups for California’s top programs.
Here’s an inside look at Corona Centennial’s 2021 schedule:
- Week 1 – Home vs. Cathedral Catholic – 1/8
- Week 2 – Home vs. Mater Dei – 1/15
- Week 3 – Away vs. JSerra – 1/22
- Week 4 – Home vs. Long Beach Poly – 1/29
- Week 5 – Away vs. Helix – 2/5
- Week 6 – Home vs. King – 2/12
- Week 7 – Away vs. Santiago – 2/19
- Week 8 – Away vs. Norco – 2/26
- Week 9 – Home vs. Roosevelt – 3/5
- Week 10 – Away vs. Corona – 3/12
2019 RECORD: 9-3. Corona Centennial won the Big VIII League title and then took down JSerra in the first round of the Division 1 Southern Section playoffs 56-0. The next week the Huskies fell to eventual champion St. John Bosco 52-14 in the semifinals.
2021 SCHEDULE ANALYSIS: As always, Corona Centennial head coach Matt Logan will play anyone in the non-league, and boy is this year’s slate brutal. The Huskies face two of the best teams in San Diego, two Trinity League teams and Long Beach Poly before beginning Big VIII League play.
Even with Korey Foreman, a consensus top five recruit in the 2021 class, potentially opting to not play his senior year, the Huskies are still loaded. After splitting time under center a year ago, Jake Retzlaff will start for Corona Centennial in 2021. He threw eight touchdowns last year. Defensively Aaron Williams, Calvin Pitcher, and Jaden Mickey make up a very talented secondary.
This group will compete with everyone. Expect the Mater Dei game to be closer than last year’s 42-12 defeat.
CAN’T MISS CONTESTS: Week 1 against Cathedral Catholic, Week 2 against Mater Dei and Week 5 at Helix.
The Cathedral Catholic game is intriguing because Corona Centennial fell to the Dons 44-41 a year ago. They’ll be looking for revenge to get the season started.
Unfortunately the second two games probably won’t be as fun as they could have been if Mater Dei and Helix had their quarterbacks. Mater Dei’s Miller Moss and Helix’s Tyler Buchner most likely won’t play their final high school seasons due to graduating early and enrolling in college (USC and Notre Dame respectively).
But either way, these are massive games. Helix topped our San Diego Section Football Way-Too-Early Top 25 and Mater Dei is a preseason top ten team in the country, even with some of their players missing the season. Defensive back Jaylin Davies, receiver Cristian Dixon and offensive lineman George Miki-Han won’t play this year for the Monarchs, per the OC Register.
These will still be heavyweight bouts high school football fans won’t want to miss. Corona Centennial, Helix and Mater Dei are all top programs. How will they deal with adversity that in most years they wouldn’t face?
TRAP GAME: Week 4 vs. Long Beach Poly
Corona Centennial should win this game, but they can’t get caught looking ahead to their trip to San Diego in Week 5.