Cypress football and Aidan Houston sprint past Western to continue hot start – Orange County Register
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ANAHEIM – Cypress football players Matthew Morrell and Trevor Monteleone are getting a lot of attention, but there’s another emerging player worthy of recognition.
Dual-threat quarterback Aidan Houston made his point Thursday in his first college start.
The junior threw for three touchdowns and rushed for scores of 15 and 64 yards to help lead the No. 11-ranked Centurions past the No. 25 Western 44-20 in a non-league game at Western High.
Houston passed for 225 yards and rushed for 113 yards to propel Cypress (3-0), who led 38-0 early in the third quarter before Western (2-1) came to life.
“He adds another dimension,” Cypress coach Rick Feldman said of Houston. “You have to take him into account in both running and passing games, which makes it harder for us to defend.”
Houston, a transfer from Los Alamitos, overcame two ACL injuries in his right knee to show blazing speed. He ran down the middle for a 15-yard TD run to give the Centurions a 38-0 lead and broke a 64-yard touchdown run in the final minute of the third quarter to push the Cypress advantage to 44- 13.
“I feel backwards,” Houston said. “It was an emotional trip but I’m glad to be back.”
Cypress beat his third-ranked top-25 opponent from Orange County but was slowed in the second half by four forced turnovers by the Pioneers.
“We looked great in the first half,” Feldman said. “At least we were able to react to having a poor neighborhood.”
The Cypress defense finished with three interceptions, including two by second Matthew Baldonado. Junior Bruno Calderella added another interception with a sack and a tackle for loss.
West senior Drew Faulkner recovered a fumble on the Cypress 34-yard line in the third quarter to set up his touchdown on the next play with a pass from Anthony Luna. The strike put Western on the scoreboard with 8:27 left in the period.
His brother Josh Faulkner then forced a fumble which Desmin Joshway-Fairley recovered near midfield. Junior Josh Faulkner capped the ensuing drive with a 1-yard TD run to cut Cypress’ lead to 44-13 with 6:25 left in third.
Josh Faulkner also added a sack and an interception.
“I like how we didn’t give up. We kept fighting,” Western coach Dan Davidson said. “We showed a lot of character.
Cypress took a 7-0 lead on a 35-yard strike from Houston to Morrell in the fourth-and-10. The pass capped the Centurions’ first seven-play, 68-yard drive.
Houston found their groove in the second quarter, throwing two touchdowns and leading a drive for a field goal.
He punctuated an 87-yard walk by throwing a 9-yard touchdown pass to Blake Cousimano with 8:39 left in the half.
After Cypress sophomore Logan Kennedy threw a 25-yard field goal, Houston threw a 52-yard touchdown to running back Jesse Maudlin on a reverse chip flicker. Houston threw a short pass to Maudin on a wheelie and the junior broke the tackles to extend Cypress’ lead to 24-0 with 3:01 left in the half.
Moments later, Baldonado made it 31-0 by returning an interception 36 yards for a touchdown.
Next week, Cypress takes her goodbye as Western plays Esperanza at Yorba Linda High School.