Cypress football and Aidan Houston edge out Western to continue strong start – Orange County Register

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ANAHEIM — Cypress soccer players Matthew Morrell and Trevor Monteleone get a lot of attention, but there’s another emerging player worthy of recognition.

Dual-threat quarterback Aidan Houston made his case Thursday in his first college start.

The junior threw for three touchdowns and rushed for scores of 15 and 64 yards to help the 11th-ranked Centurions beat the 25th-ranked Western 44-20 in a non-league game at Western High.

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Houston threw for 225 yards and rushed for 113 yards to power Cypress (3-0), which was leading 38-0 early in the third quarter before Western (2-1) came alive.

“It adds another dimension,” Cypress trainer Rick Feldman said of the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Houston. “You have to take that into account in both running games and passing games, which makes us more difficult to defend.”

Houston, transferred from Los Alamitos, has overcome two ACL injuries in his right knee to show breakneck speed. He ran up the middle for a 15-yard touchdown run to give the Centurions a 38-0 lead and broke up a 64-yard touchdown run in the final minute of the third quarter to push Cypress’s lead to 44-13. .

“I feel right back,” Houston said. “It’s been an emotional ride, but I’m glad to be back.”

Cypress defeated their third-ranked opponent in top-25 Orange County, but was slowed in the second half by four forced turnovers by the Pioneers.

“We looked really good in the first half,” Feldman said. “At least we were able to respond to having a bad quarter.”

Cypress’s defense ended with three interceptions, including two by sophomore Matthew Baldonado. Junior Bruno Calderella added another interception along with a sack and a tackle for loss.

Western senior Drew Faulkner recovered a fumble at the Cypress 34-yard line in the third quarter to set up his touchdown on the next play on a pass from Anthony Luna. The strike put Western on the scoreboard with 8:27 remaining in the period.

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Faulkner’s brother Josh forced a fumble that Desmin Joshway-Fairley recovered near midfield. Josh Faulkner, a junior, capped the ensuing drive with a 1-yard TD run to cut Cypress’s lead to 44-13 with 6:25 remaining in the third.

Josh Faulkner also added a sack and interception.

“I like how we don’t give up. We keep fighting,” Western trainer Dan Davidson said. “We showed a lot of character.”

Cypress took an early 7-0 lead with Houston’s 35-yard touchdown run to Morrell on fourth-and-10. The pass capped the Centurions’ first seven-play, 68-yard drive. Morrell finished with two receptions for 56 yards, while Drew Faulkner covered most of the time.

Houston found its groove in the second quarter, throwing two touchdowns and leading a drive for a field goal.

He punctuated an 87-yard drive by throwing a 9-yard touchdown pass to Blake Cousimano with 8:39 remaining in the half.

After Cypress sophomore Logan Kennedy kicked a 25-yard field goal, Houston threw a 52-yard touchdown run to running back Jesse Maudlin on a reverse flea blink. Houston threw a short pass to Maudlin on a wheel route and the junior broke up tackles to extend Cypress’s lead to 24-0 with 3:01 remaining in the half.

Moments later, Baldonado made it 0-31 by returning an interception 36 yards for a touchdown.

The next week, Cypress says goodbye as Western plays Esperanza at Yorba Linda High School. The Centurions have also defeated San Juan Hills and Foothill.

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