Week 4 Roundup
By Andrew Smith
San Juan Capistrano (9/18/2015) – Many times a heavyweight title fight doesn’t live up to the hype. That definitely wasn’t the case Friday night between Bishop’s and St. Margaret’s. It turned out to be worth every penny spent on admission as two of the top small schools in the state duked it out for 12 rounds and then some. In the end, 5 turnovers and 4 failed fourth down conversions left the Knights on the canvas wondering what might have been losing 42-35 on the scorecard in an overtime thriller.
“You can’t expect to beat a really good team when you give them too many chances,” said Bishop’s head coach JOEL ALLEN after. “I’m proud of our guys and the way they fought. They really showed a lot of heart out there. In the long run, we’re only going to learn from this experience and get better.”
Senior running back A. J. BRITANICO put the Knights (2-1) in business early. His first carry of the night went for 29 yards to midfield and he had them knocking on the door at the 4-yard line after breaking off 46 more his next attempt. They were stuffed on fourth down, but forced a three-and-out, only to fail again on a fourth down conversion in Tartans (3-0) territory.
That’s when the ball starting roll for St. Margaret’s. They had a touchdown called back on the ensuing drive and then score one that counted on the very next play. Then took a 14-0 lead after recovering a fumble.
Bishop’s sophomore MOZES MOONEY isn’t a household name just yet, but that’s only if you’re living under a rock….
The stud receiver got them on the board with a one-handed touchdown catch from 8 yards out. Trailing 21-7 with under two minutes to play in the half, Britanico went 72 yards and Mooney finished off the 99-yard drive with an 18-yard score. He caught two more touchdown passes from JEFFREY JACKSON in the second half to finish the game with a line of 14 receptions, 210 yards, 4 TD’s and one diving interception in the end zone. JACK CASE made a pair of interceptions and RICHARD HAGESTAD pounced on a loose ball, recovering a fumble on the 3-yard line for the Knights defense.
Britanico ended with over 400 all-purpose yards (295 rush, 125 ret) and scored on a 23-yard draw play with 1:45 remaining to take the game into overtime, but the Tartans had no problem scoring on their first drive. Bishop’s final fourth down play was intercepted after going just off the fingertips of the receiver and was intercepted. It was a perfect epitome of a lost Knight.
SANTA FE CHRISTIAN 51, Rancho Christian 10 – It might have taken the Eagles from Solana Beach a series or two to get adjusted, but once they did the short-handed flock wasted no time teaching the younger kids a thing or two. CHASE BAKKEBY started the scoring with a 31-yard field goal late in the first quarter the flood gates opened.
MATT McROSKEY had an interception leading to a 16-yd scamper by quarterback CONNER WHITTON. Then an 11-yard TD run by HANK ONTIVEROS combined with a pair of touchdown passes to McRoskey (35) and CALEB ARMENDARIZ (26) multiplied by DEMITRI WASHINGTON blocking a punt that was scooped up and returned by BRAD WEEKS for a score made it a 37-10 halftime lead.
In a battle of the birds, the “agitated ostrich” CALEB PHILLIPS looked like someone from Rancho Christian (2-2) had just stole his lunch money. He pounded out 10 hard-hitting tackles and also caught two passes for 67 yards.
Washington led SFC (3-1) with 12 tackles and had two sacks. Whitton rushed 11 times for 56 yards and two scores. He also threw for 176 yards and two TD’s on 7-of-15 passing.
“With 4 or 5 starters out we did a really good job of adjusting once we found our groove,” Whitton said. “We played as a team and dominated offensively, but the scoreboard doesn’t show just how physical they really were.”
LA JOLLA COUNTRY DAY 42, Crawford 14 – The high-powered offense of the Torreys (3-1) continued to steamroll the competition Friday night with no signs of slowing down anytime soon. After tying the game 7-7 early in the second quarter the Colts (3-1) were blind-sighted and became their latest victim, suffering their first loss of the season.
Quarterback BRAXTON BURMEISTER had a pair of 15-yard touchdown runs in the first and last quarter, but bookmarked in between was a pair of scores in each quarter. It also helped that he got one of his favorite targets back from injury in CASEY MARIUCCI. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound junior had 5 receptions for 109 yards and two (32, 42) scores.
“He played great for us tonight,” head coach TYLER HALES said of Mariucci. “There were a couple plays he was just throwing guys off him…it was almost Gronk (Rob Gronkowski) like. We got off to a little bit of a slow start, but we came back with a bang and played a complete game.”
TREVOR RUDOLPH helped spark the Torreys with an interception and KHALID JACKSON scored his first career touchdown on a 1-yd plunge. What makes the performance even more impressive was the fact that All-league wide receiver BRENNAN GORING wasn’t even on the field, but will be back next week to try and haunt Montgomery for the second straight year.
Santa Clarita Christian 49, HORIZON 7 – Things looked good for the first 7 minutes. Even though their opening drive resulted in a blocked field goal attempt, freshman ARYOM HARR made an interception and OSCAR CORDOVA caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from THOMAS MARCUS. Harr also rushed for 124 yards on 17 carries, but that’s where the good news ended for the Panthers (1-3) on this night.
The Cardinals (2-1) were almost unstoppable from that point on posting touchdowns on 7 of the next 9 possesions. Horizon had no answer for their passing attack, as they threw for 355 yards on just 17 completions and rushed for another 84 yards on 11 attempts. Maybe the loudest stat was the Panthers going 0-for-10 on fourth down attempts….that is not a typo.
FRANCIS PARKER 20, Calexico 14 – Not much was reported about the Lancers’ (1-3) first win of the season, but one thing we do know is that rookie head coach DJ WALCOTT captured his first career victory.
West Hills 42, LA JOLLA 22 – It seems like the Vikings’ (1-3) defense has been playing in the dark all season long giving up an average of 46 points per game. That trend continued against the Wolf Pack (2-2) and it got so bad the staff at Mission Bay pulled the plug early. It was clear that they had seen enough, as the lights went out and the game was mercifully called with 1:42 still left in the game.
CORONADO 46, St. Mary’s (CAN) 6 – The exchange rate on Canadian currency sits at 73% south of their border right now. The Islanders (3-1) charged that and then some for a vacation weekend on the island.
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