Eagles Survive the Battle of Dissimilarity
By Andrew Smith
La Jolla (10/19/2013) – If anyone was to walk up to you before Saturday night’s kickoff at La Jolla high school and told you that you were going to see 49 pass attempts between Santa Fe Christian and Bishops combined they would’ve sounded completely moronic. Kinda like the type of phrase your most annoying relative would utter to you at a family get together over the holidays.
Both teams run different variations of a wing offense so that just sounds absurd to even imagine. However, it ended up in a game of opposite attracts, as that’s exactly what took place and it turned into one epic battle eventually ending in a 37-28 Eagles’ victory.
Other than Santa Fe Christian (5-3, 2-0 CL) TONY MIRO‘s second 80-yard touchdown run in as many weeks, the Knights pretty much dominated the opening 16 minutes of the game and built a 21-7 lead.
At that point, BULLA GRAFT had already surpassed the century mark rushing and scored on a pair of runs both from 2 yards out. A. J. BRITANICO scored the other touchdown on a 1-yard scamper and they had ran 30 plays to just seven for SFC.
“We were completely thrown off in the beginning because they came out in an offense we’ve never seen them run,” said Eagles senior linebacker DARRIAN BORBOA after making 13 tackles (2 TFL) and one sack. “Once we finally figured out what they were doing our defense did a great job of hitting the holes hard and really knocked them.”
Graft rushed for 184 yards on 28 carries and the two scores, had 12 tackles with 5 of those being for a loss, an interception and one of the most dazzling 17-yard punt returns ever seen.
“He’s one tough guy,” Borboa noted. “He’s so shifty and quick it makes him extremely hard to be tackled.”
Bishops (5-2, 0-1 CL) wouldn’t score for the next thirty minutes of play and the Eagles responded with 24 unanswered points to build a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
The turnaround began midway into the second quarter when JERRY HARPER picked his first of two interceptions on the night and bolted 33 yards for a touchdown to make it a 21-14 game.
“I read it the whole way,” he slyly admitted with a grin. “As soon as I saw the bubble I knew the slant was coming so I just sat there and waited for the ball.”
Then with just 7 seconds left before halftime quarterback CARTER ROBERTS threw a beautiful back shoulder throw to BLAKE O’ROURKE from 13 yards out to tie things up at intermission.
“That was huge play for us,” head coach JON WALLACE said after watching Roberts attempt 21 passes. “It was such a great throw by Carter. It doesn’t matter what we ask him to do, either throw the ball as many times as we did tonight or run the ball, he’s just a great competitor.”
DREW SHIELDS was filling in an injured kicker JAKE BAILEY and was assigned all of the kicking duties that go along with it. He did a great job as he nailed a 35-yard field goal and hit four extra points, but when it came time to punt late in the third quarter he lined up to punt only the ball never made it to him as the Eagles’ faked it, snapping the ball to Miro and he raced 20 yards for a first down.
“We’ve been working on that play for a while now in practice and finally had the opportunity to use it,” Wallace said.
“It was definitely a very random play for me,” added Miro. “It was the first time I’ve ran it because I was just filling in for an injured guy. I had NO idea where I was supposed to go so I just put my head down and ran.”
Knights’ head coach JOEL ALLEN tried to throw a curveball at Santa Fe with GRIFFIN SEAMAN throwing the ball 27 times. Given the facts that it was only his second career start, he played a superb game with only a few hiccups, but with Bishops trying something new offensively it was a great effort by the sophomore quarterback. Seaman had all hands on deck, throwing for 191 yards on 14-of-27 attempts.
TRIPP TWYMAN was the biggest beneficiary hauling in 4 balls for 73 yards and also delivered one of the biggest hits of the year on defense, but his lone touchdown toss went to JACK CASE from 12 yards out – which gave the Knights a chance late – making it a 31-28 game with just over two minutes remaining, but Miro took the stage once again.
Only looking to gain a first down or two, the Eagles were content with handing the ball off to run the clock and call it a Knight.
Somehow the senior never got the memo as he broke a multitude of tackles and raced 54 yards for a highlight worthy game-clinching touchdown.
“I’m not gonna lie that one felt good,” he said after ending the day with 13 carries for 169 and three big touchdown runs. “It was definitely a dagger.”
It was a fitting way to end an all-out entertaining battle.
. 1 2 3 4 F
Santa Fe Christian 7 14 10 6 37
Bishop’s 14 7 0 7 28
B – Graft 2 run (Alleyne kick)
SFC – Miro 80 run (Shields kick)
B – Britanico 1 run (Alleyne kick)
B – Graft 2 run (Alleyne kick)
SFC – Harper 33 interception return (Shields kick)
SFC – O’Rourke 13 pass from Roberts (Shields kick)
SFC – Shields 35 field goal
SFC – Miro 20 run (Shields kick)
B – Case 12 pass from Seaman (Alleyne kick)
SFC – Miro 54 run (kick missed)
PASSING – SFC – Roberts 8-21-1-121-1 B – Seaman 14-27-2-176-1, Britanico 0-1-0-0-0 RUSHING – SFC – Miro 13-169, Harper 3-20, Needham 6-9, Weeks 1-minus4, Roberts 3-minus11 B – Graft 28-184, Britanico 7-13, Twyman 2-8, Allred 1-2, Hagestad 1-0, Seaman 2-minus14 RECEIVING – SFC – Needham 3-35, O’Rourke 2-24, Miro 1-30, Harper 1-26, Shields 1-3 B – Twyman 4-73, Hagestad 4-35, Allred 3-23, Case 2-23, Graft 2-22 PUNTING – SFC – Shields 4-137 B – Twyman 3-95 KICKOFF RETURNS – SFC – Harper 3-61 B – Britanico 1-18 PUNT RETURNS – SFC – Harper 1-21 B – Graft 1-17 INTERCEPTIONS – SFC – Harper 2-58 B – Graft 1-0 FIRST DOWNS SFC – 7 B – 19 PENALTIES – SFC – 7-60 B – 3-20
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