10 things to know about Centennial RB Tre Watson

St. Bonaventure has had Corona Centennial’s number over the last couple of seasons.

But last week, senior running back Tre Watson made sure the Seraphs didn’t get the best of his team for a third year in a row.

Watson torched St. Bonaventure for a school record 466 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.

Through two games this season, Watson has rushed for 785 yards and 12 touchdowns in head coach Matt Logan’s uptempo spread.

This week Watson and the Huskies will try their hand at Long Beach Poly, in the Ford CIF Southern Section Game of the Week at 8:30 p.m. on FOX Sports West.

In the meantime, here’s 10 things you may not know about the Husky senior:  

Meet Tre

His given name is actually John Watson III, but since he’s the third, he goes by Tre.

Late night snack

When it’s late and Watson is looking for a snack, he turns to Rice Krispies Treats.

Favorite team

As Watson describes it, he’s been a fan of the San Diego Chargers since the day he was born. Growing up, he was a huge fan of former Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson and continues to support the team. He survived the team’s Monday Night debacle against the Texans.

“They let me down though but Chargers (are still my team),” he said.

Favorite movie

Comedian Kevin Hart took over Madison Square Garden and filmed his most recent stand-up that hit theaters. That project, “Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain” goes down as Watson’s favorite movie.

Best sports memory

Last season, CIF added a regional championship to the football season. In the Open Division, it was Corona Centennial getting past Narbonne thanks to a Tre Watson 14-yard touchdown reception.

“That was probably my best memory,” Watson said.

But now that memory has some competition after his record setting 466 rushing yard performance last week against St. Bonaventure.

“It was crazy,” Watson said of breaking the record.

If you could accomplish something in any sport, what would it be?

For Watson football is the only sport. He’d like to be remembered as the greatest.

“To be the best running back to ever live,” he said. 

Biggest fear

Watson is no stranger to the beach and if there’s one thing he fears, it’s “probably a shark.”

“(There’s) nothing I can do in their water,” Watson said. “It’s done. They got me.”

Pregame ritual

Watson’s pregame ritual actually starts the night before the game when he’s packing all of his gear. It extends throughout game day.

The day starts with a light breakfast. He says he usually likes to take his time on game day and that normally results in him being late to school. Throughout the day he drinks a lot of fluids and by 2 p.m. he’s ready for a big meal because it will be the last time he’ll eat before stepping onto the field.

He’ll get taped up before going to position meetings. Following that the team has a 10-15 minute break in which Watson uses that time to run over to McDonalds for a chocolate chip frappuccino.

“I just go hurry up and grab my drink and then come back,” he said. “It’s right down the street.”

Once he gets back to school he finishes getting ready, says a prayer and heads out for warm-ups. He’ll later rejoin the rest of his teammates in the locker room, say another prayer ….

“Then I’m ready for game time,” he said. 

No. 1

Ryan and Dion Bass along with Romello Goodman all wore the No. 1 and played tailback for the Huskies in recent years. It isn’t a legacy number in the Corona Centennial football program but Watson is sporting that digit now for the second consecutive season. He has his own reasoning for wearing it.

“I feel if you ain’t first you last,” he said. 


Meek Mill and Ace Hood are some of the rappers Watson enjoys listening to but he also likes lesser known artists such as T-Fly.