Week Two Roundup
By Andrew Smith
Mission Bay (9/5/2015) – Experts say deja vu is the illusion of having experienced something actually being encountered for the first time. Things were supposed to be the other way around. La Jolla has had an offense averaging 37.2 points per game since head coach JASON CARTER has taken over. However, that’s only if you take away the two nightmarish games the Vikings (1-1) have had against Bishop’s – as for the second straight year the Knights soundly won versus La Jolla in Week Two by a score of 42-7.
“It’s kinda crazy the score came out exactly the same,” said Bishop’s (2-0) head coach JOEL ALLEN after. “We recognize a couple things they try to do offensively and our defense was just phenomenal once again. Give them all the credit.”
Not to be outdone by the defense was quarterback JEFFREY JACKSON in his second start for the Knights. He ended the game with 4 touchdowns through the air, including one to his brother JACOB JACKSON.
“He’s definitely is playing really good for us right now and that’s exciting to see as a sophomore,” Allen added. “He’s only going to get better with time and that’s a scary thought.”
Senior running back A. J. BRITANICO also left his mark on the game. The speedster had a 15-yard touchdown midway through the first quarter to make it a 13-0 game and then broke off a 62-yard score as he just outran the entire La Jolla roster. He then quietly put the Vikings to rest taking a swing pass 11 yards for the games’ final score.
Bishop Diego 29, SANTA FE CHRISTIAN 21 – Experts say deja vu is the illusion of having experienced something actually being encountered for the first time. Everything was in the cards for the Eagles to finally take down a team that had haunted them with such bad memories in the past. Luckily, the majority of the current SFC roster didn’t really feel that past pain, but man did they experience it on Saturday.
Bishop Diego (2-0) punched them in the mouth with speed to open the game and the Eagles (1-1) responded with a 10-play drive eventually culminating with a 5-yard touchdown catch by RJ WALKER from CONNER WHITTON.
At that point, their feathers slowly began to puff out a little over time…
They forced a punt and REECE WALKER make a touchdown saving tackle on 3rd-and-short near the goal line, even though the Cardinals converted and SFC was trailing 14-10 at the half, you could see the confidence in this young group building.
HANK ONTOVEROS capped off their opening drive of the second half rumbling over tacklers for a 9-yard score. RJ Walker then picked off an throw and a double pass from MATTHEW MCROSKEY to CALEB PHILLIPS for a beautiful 48-yard touchdown gave the Eagles a 21-10 lead late in the third quarter.
“Hank played one heck of a game for us today,” praised SFC head coach JON WALLACE. “He had never punted a ball until two weeks ago and pinned them on the 1-yard line. He also filled in at running back and played the entire game defensively.”
From that point on…the wheels began to slowly, then quickly fall all the way off.
All of the sudden Bishop Diego had a sense of urgency and marched right down the field in what seemed like a matter of seconds, even though it was a 9-play drive. A touchdown combined with a blocked extra point cut the lead to 21-16.
With the Eagles unable to do much offensively after building their 11-point lead, they might as well had Doc Brown and Marty McFly on speed dial…
Sweetwater was 0-for-3 on fourth down attempts last week, but like it has is the past the game came down the finish. Fast forward to the future and the Cardinals converted all 3 of their attempts. Two of them were quick hits to a receiver with at least an 8” advantage on a DB. The latter set them up with a 1-yard QB sneak giving them a 22-21 lead.
Play calling was suspect for both teams at times offensively, but if Bishop Diego hadn’t pulled off the comeback not giving the ball to Av Bennett more should’ve raised a few eyebrows in Santa Barbara. He only was given 7 touches and turned that into 154 yards (118 rush, 36 rec). Making the final score look worse than it actually was, he intercepted a late pass and returned it 29 yards for a score.
“My hat is off to them,” added Wallace. “Teams around the county might get a lot more talent, but they are the best coached team we face every year. They are just solid from top-to-bottom and today we just couldn’t finish.”
Whitton ended the day 10-of-18 for 146 yards and Phillips had 121 yards and one score (from Mcroskey) on 3 receptions.
LA JOLLA COUNTRY DAY 48, Flintridge Prep 26 – It didn’t take long for the Torreys (1-1) to have flashbacks of their San Diego Division V C.I.F. Championship Saturday night’s on the road in Los Angeles. BRENNAN GORING took the Rebels opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and they never looked back.
“After giving up 52 points last week it was good to get the first win out of the way,” a happy head coach TYLER HALES said after. “We definitely had a bad taste in our mouths and the guys came out and really put it to them tonight.”
University of Arizona commit BRAXTON BURMEISTER went 13-of-16 passing for 340 yards and 4 touchdowns. He also ran for two scores on the ground, including a highlight reel 60-yarder.
The Torreys finished the game with over 300 yards in the return game. Goring finished the game with 5 catches for 110 yards and a score. Other junior receivers stepped up as well. TREVOR RUDOLPH scored his first career touchdown from 50 yards out and DAVID WYLIE reeled in 5 receptions for 130 yards and two scores. One of his touchdowns literally couldn’t have been any longer as he took a play 99 yards after a goal line stand.
Maranatha Christian 10, HORIZON 6 – What a difference a year can make. Last season the Panthers led the county in passing yards and now they can’t move the ball offensively if their life depended on it. OSCAR NAVARRO scored on a 2-yard touchdown run on Horizon’s first possession and then it was nada.
“No matter what we do right now we keep making too many little mistakes to move the ball,” said a frustrated Panthers’ head coach LAMONT BUTLER. “We can’t put anything together as a group, but our defense is keeping us in games and that’s encouraging.”
Entering the fourth quarter, Horizon held a 6-2 advantage and had only given up one big play all night. It was the wrong time to give up a second which resulted in the Eagles’ game-winning touchdown.
“I’m tired of almost winning,” Butler fumed. “We make a lot of bonehead plays and every game for us this year is going to be a challenge.”
Hoover 42, FRANCIS PARKER 0 – The young Lancers (0-2) are looking for answers and quickly. The Cardinals (2-0) were way too much for them to handle. Clearly in a transition year it will take time, but given their rich history it’s only a matter of time before head coach DJ WALCOTT gets them back on their feet.
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