Week One Roundup
By Andrew Smith (8/29/2015) –
LA JOLLA 52, LA JOLLA COUNTRY DAY 42 – In 1998 former San Diego Padres pitcher Andy Ashby needed only 75 pitches to beat the Colorado Rockies 7-2 in a game that lasted two hours and one minute. The backyard brawl between La Jolla and the big blue Torreys of La Jolla Country Day lasted longer than Braveheart. The SD Coastal Sports “Game of the Week” lived up to it’s hype as an astronomical total of 210 plays were ran and after 3 hours, 15 minutes Vikings’ fans were finally sent home happy.
“This was definitely the wildest, most fun game I’ve ever been a part of,” admitted LJCD head coach TYLER HALES even in defeat. “I know it’s sounds crazy after giving up 52 points, but our defense played phenomenal.”
Everyone and their mother knew it was going to be a high-scoring affair given the fact that neither team huddles during any point of the game. In fact, the only time the Torreys came close to somewhat of one was right before the opening kickoff.
After that point it was just sheer mayhem…
Junior quarterback BRAXTON BURMEISTER completed 20-of-35 passing attempts for 261 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also ran for 131 yards and three more scores. In the end, the University of Arizona commit found 9 different receivers, but made little time of finding his new favorite target in CASEY MARIUCCI five times for 132 yards and 2 touchdowns. BRENNAN GORING reeled in the third TD pass and finished with 4 receptions for 61 yards.
In some offensive systems it doesn’t matter who’s throwing the ball. If a scheme works…it works. You also can’t let the numbers fool you. In a spread, no-huddle attack the stats are going to be way beyond the norm. La Jolla QB CASEY BROWN filled into the starting role replacing COLLIN RUGG and his 46 touchdowns from a year ago and lit the scoreboard up for 52 points in his first start.
It also could’ve been a lot worse except the Torreys’ defense made a trio of goal line stands, none bigger though than the one right before halftime keeping the game at a 36-21 La Jolla advantage.
“Our guys really stepped it up several times on defensively,” said a proud Hales. “We gave them short fields all night with bad turnovers and dumb penalties, if we go into the locker room down by 22 points we’re talking about a much different game.”
Late in the 3rd quarter with the score knotted 42-42 Mariucci left the game after landing awkwardly and didn’t return. No one will ever know, but that might have been the straw that broke the Torreys’ back.
The battle lasted so long that the La Jolla Country Day coaching staff had to scramble to replace the batteries in their headsets. When asked if this was going to be an seasonal rivalry Hales was quick to reference Rocky and Apollo Creed…enough said.
SANTA FE CHRISTIAN 39, Sweetwater 0 – After finishing the 2014 season on a sour note, some kind of boost was definitely needed to for the Eagles to power-up. No matter how many ways they envisioned it during the spring and summer, no taste would be sweeter than the way they got revenge on a Red Devils squad that beat them in the opening game of last year 19-0. Sure Sweetwater graduated heavy and the Eagles are starting a record 22 juniors, but this was just a straight-up Candy Crush that may have cause a few cavities.
After SFC forced a three-and-out the Red Devils responded with a 7-yd punt. Quarterback CONNER WHITTON finished off a 9 play, 43-yard drive with a 3-yard sneak and then CALEB PHILLIPS caught a 2-point conversion. On the ensuing Sweetwater possession, Phillips bypassed two blockers to smash the ball carrier in the backfield on a fourth-and-short situation giving SFC the ball back on a short field. Even though the Eagles would miss the field goal…the tone for the day was definitely set.
“We knew just how important of a game this was,” the junior said after catching 3 balls for 121 yards, including an 84-yard touchdown. Add 10 tackles (5 TFL), a sack, a forced fumble and it’s easy to see this year’s Eagles’ squad is flying high. “We’ve been working really hard in practice. Today we definitely came out prepared.”
Wildly known around the Solana Beach campus as the “agitated ostrich” because of his lanky six-foot-four frame and style of play he’s also gradually leaning into the nickname over time.
“At first I wasn’t too fond of it,” he admitted. “It’s been starting to grow on me lately and now I think it’s kind of funny.”
What wasn’t funny was the Sweetwater offense in the first half. It’s easy to fall behind 36-0 when you have -3 total yards, zero first downs and two failed fourth down conversions.
“The boys really answered the call today,” said a gleeful third year coach JON WALLACE after. “The offensive line played great against their big guys and it really was a great start to the season.”
Whitton finished the day 5-of-10 passing for 139 yards and 1 TD, but also scored twice running the ball on 6 carries and 74 yards. The first score came on a sneak and the latter on a 27-yard zone read play which he read beautifully.
“The defensive end was really crashing hard and it’s a bang-bang play so I just kept it and took off down field,” said the junior QB. “Hopefully this is just the beginning for us. It was a great win, but we all know we have to get right back to work on Monday.”
BRAD WEEKS notched a couple of sacks, while TRAVIS SHEED and GAVIN DILL dominated the line on both sides of the ball. KEVIN LONEY rushed 10 times for 51 yards, while BRYCE THOMPSON also pitched in with his first career fumble recovery.
BISHOP’S 68, Instituto Mexico 0 – No one expected to be much of a game and that’s exactly how it played out. Sophomore JEFFREY JACKSON started at quarterback for the Knights and got some invaluable experience at the helm. MOZES MOONEY took his first throw on a 7-yd hitch route 68 yards to the house and then it was a run for the border.
JUSTIN WOODLEY reeled in a couple of touchdowns passes. RICHARD HAGESTAD pulled caught one of his own and BRYAN GELL ran for a couple more on the ground. Just for good measure Mooney picked off a pair of passes as well.
Nuview Ridge 42, FRANCIS PARKER 6 — The new era of Lancers football got off to a rough start Friday night and they are scrambling to find some answers fast. Knights’ quarterback Kevin Arroyo bullied a somewhat sophomoric looking Parker team with 6 total touchdowns (4 pass, 2 rush) and Parker was within one minute of being shutout before BEN KRONGARD made a late QB sneak.
CETYS (TJ) vs HORIZON — still to come
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