Week 5 Roundup
By Andrew Smith
Chula Vista (9/25/2015) – Many were wondering just how long the hangover would last for Bishop’s after last weeks’ tough loss in overtime. Perhaps they were also looking ahead to next week’s big rematch with Mater Dei. Playing on a sloppy field, they played a sloppy game and they barely survived being upset by all of about six inches as a last-second field attempt sailed wide left giving them a 19-17 victory.
“We made a lot of mistakes,” said senior A. J. BRITANICO after. “We’re a small school, but you can’t measure our hearts and we fought hard to win this one.”
The Knights (3-1) couldn’t get out of their own way in the beginning. After three plays they had to punt and it was blocked which led to a Lancers (2-3) field goal. It kept getting worse though as they dropped a sure touchdown and had a couple of sacks. Mix in a couple of turnovers and then getting beat on a double-move for a long touchdown it was 10-0 in a blink of an eye.
The answer to the trivia question….15 minutes….that’s how long the hangover lasted. It was if a light switch was suddenly flipped and Bishop’s realized even though they were the favorites, nothing was going to be handed to them.
They marched right down the field and Britanico broke off a 42-yard touchdown. Two plays later, JUSTIN WOODLEY intercepted a pass and returned it 32 yards to the 4-yard line. Britanico took it in on the very next snap and all of the sudden it was 12-10 in their favor.
JEFFREY JACKSON then hit MOZES MOONEY from 15 yards out for their final score and the defense barely held on. DANIEL ANDERSON was a force in the middle, RICHARD HAGESTAD had an interception and also recovered a fumble that was caused by CESAR SANTANA. Woodley, playing with a cast on his arm, played lights out for a Bishop’s team that can’t afford to take another opponent lightly.
SANTA FE CHRISTIAN 43, Classical Academy 0 – There’s been one small typo that has misrepresented the Eagles (4-1) all season long. It has been reported numerous times that SFC was starting 22 juniors, but that was clearly a farce statement.
“I’ve kinda been flying under the radar so far this season,” said senior R. J. WALKER. “I keep hearing that we’re only playing juniors so I’ve been playing with a chip on my shoulder to let people know there’s also a senior out here making plays.”
HANK ONTIVEROS made a sack on the opening defensive possession and MATT McROSKEY returned a punt 39 yards to the 4-yard line. JOSH THOMPSON took in on the very next play. Walker then decleated a defender on a pass from CONNER WHITTON to JEFF LINGUADOCA that sprung a 3-yard play into 53 yards and ran it from 4 yards out for a 14-0 score and the route was on.
“I just ran my route and came back to make a block,” Walker recalled. He would also hauled in a 27-yard TD pass from Whitton later on. “It was definitely a good win for us. We had 3 or 4 guys come in and play for the first time on our offensive line that haven’t played before and they all did a great job.”
Whitton finished the day 5-of-8 for 109 yards. BRAD WEEKS broke off a rumbling 20-yard score and CALEB ARMENDARIZ had a one yard touchdown run.
LA JOLLA COUNTRY DAY 51, Montgomery 0 – One decade ago, the game of Madden was given a facelift to help running quarterbacks thanks to an old Atlanta star. It almost made the game unfair for anyone trying to play against them. That’s the first thing that comes to mind when you watch this Torreys’ (4-1) offense run by BRAXTON BURMEISTER. For the fifth straight game, he scored at least 5 touchdowns and he actually did one better this time posting six (4 rush, 2 pass).
TREVOR RUDOLPH hauled in a 49-yard touchdown pass and RYAN LARICCIA ran one in from 8 yards out to complete the scoring. Burmeister finished the scoring with a 63-yard score to DAVID WYLIE to go along with his four on the ground (3, 1, 14, 11).
After missing a game BRENNAN GORING came back strong. He made the Aztecs’ (0-5) defense look like they were on skates as he took a short pass and used two consecutive spin moves to evade tacklers and turn it into a 43-yard gain.
It wasn’t just the offense though…
A 7-0 game with a few minutes left in the first quarter suddenly exploding to a 48-0 halftime lead with a little help from the defense. Goring and BRANDON SANCHEZ both recovered fumbles, while Rudolph along with BEN PETTY-HULL each made an interception, giving the La Jolla Country Day a short field. JULIAN DAVIS finished off the scoring with a 32-yard field goal.
“It was great to see both sides of the ball playing in full gear,” said head coach TYLER HALES. “On top of that our line play was great even though were we under-sized and if our offense keeps playing like this we’re going to be pretty hard to stop.”
Rancho Christian 35, HORIZON 14 – The struggling Panthers (1-4) drove the ball into the red zone on their first drive and failed to score. But that was just the tip of the iceburg for them as multiple injuries had them playing with a makeshift lineup to the point that their right guard moved to running back.
OSCAR CORDOVA had 11 receptions for 86 yards and also ran for 30 more. Third-string quarterback MATT SIMPSON threw a touchdown pass to BASHIER JONES from five yards out. Jones also made the play of the day with a highlight 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, but it was all for nought for a frustrated Horizon squad.
“The effort just wasn’t there for us,” fumed head coach LAMONT BUTLER. “We’re a young team, but we gotta grow up fast. There’s no leadership in our locker room and that’s what we need the most right now.”
LA JOLLA 29, CORONADO 7 — Senior wide receiver TRENTON FUDGE hauled in 3 touchdown passes from CASEY BROWN and the Vikings (2-3) shut down Islanders’ (3-2) star CHRISTOPHER HAAS to come away with the victory.
FRANCIS PARKER 2, Santa Clara 0 — The Lancers (2-3) were awarded a win on Friday night due to a forfeit.
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