By Andrew Smith
San Diego (10/24/2015) – For those who aren’t familiar with Santa Fe Christian, it may come as a shock that they broadcast their games online at SFCTV.net (all right reserved). What’s even more breaking news is that for the first time in their 10-year broadcast career they actually made a bright insight when they proclaimed, “It doesn’t matter who we were going to play today…it was the wrong day to mess with the Eagles.”
That proclaiment couldn’t be heard any louder after 21 junior starters laid an absolute beat down on the reigning Coastal League champs with an authoritative 51-8 victory over Bishop’s on “Senior Day.”
““It was a huge win for us and it just brings us more motivation going into next week’s game against La Jolla Country Day,” said GAVIN DILL after registering 3.5 of the Eagles’ 10 quarterback sacks on the day. “They were a good team and we had extra motivation form last year’s 35-3 loss…so revenge and playing for a league title this year was definitely on our minds.”
The opening drive for the Knights (4-4, 1-1 Coastal League) began with such promise as they gained 33 yards on six plays, but little did they know that was quietly going to be the end of the road for them.
“We put in a lot of hard work and perparation this week at practice to get this win,” quarterback CONNOR WHITTON admitted. “Our coaches crafted a perfect game plan and everyone did a great job of executing it.”
Whitton scored the game’s first touchdown on a quarterback sneak, but the flood gates were left wide open after that. HANK ONTIVEROS had a pair of rushing touchdowns and R.J. WALKER added another. DEMITRI WASHINGTON also had a big day on defense forcing the Knights’ QB to scramble on what seemed like every single down.
San Diego (10/10/2015) – For the first time all season everything went exactly as planned. The predictable blowouts were just that and the one close game was decided by one point as Mission Bay (6-0) stayed undefeated with a 14-13 victory over La Jolla (3-4).
BISHOP’S 54, HORIZON 12 – Sophomore quarterback JEFFREY JACKSON threw 4 touchdown passes to help the Knights (4-2, 1-0 Coastal Legaue) cruise to the easy victory. MOZES MOONEY caught two of those (9, 24 yds) and also returned an interception 35 yards for a score. JUSTIN WOODLEY (52 yds) and JACOB JACKSON hauled in the others while WYATT CHARRETTE had two rushing scores from 2 and 24 yards out. One of the lone highlights for the Panthers (1-6, 0-1 CL) came when THOMAS MARCUS hit OSCAR CORDOVA for a 32-yard score.
SANTA FE CHRISTIAN 56, FRANCIS PARKER 0 – Sometimes “life’s a beach” like it was for the Eagles (5-1, 1-0) homecoming. But when it’s not, it was almost too hard to even watch how far the Lancers (2-5, 0-1) have fallen so quickly. On their final drive of the game they had a 27-yard run and that turned out to be more yards than they had compiled throughout the rest of the game.
R.J. WALKER opened up the scoring with a 10-yard run and also scored the game’s final score ripping off a 50-yard run. CONNER WHITTON threw 3 touchdown passes and ran for another. CALEB ARMENDARIZ made several of pretty moves on his 51-yard score, CALEB PHILLIPS looked like he was playing against first graders being completely uncovered on a 23-yard TD catch and MATT McROSKEY toyed with defenders on his 18-yard scoring reception. DEMETRI WASHINGTON also had a 10-yard touchdown run.
LA JOLLA COUNTRY DAY 49, San Ysidro 0 – It almost seems like the Torreys (5-1) haven’t gotten so bored with their dominating 5-game win streak that they have started to try things for fun just to see what happens. Well…when things are going good even they seem to work.
Case in point was the play they pulled off in the second quarter where BRAXTON BURMEISTER hit TREVOR RUDOLPH with a 10-yard pass and then he pitched it to PETER ELTAEB who ran it in for the last 23 yards. Burmeister also had a 70-yard touchdown run and threw 4 touchdowns passes. Two of those went to CASEY MARIUCCI (15, 21), one went for 36 yards to DAVID WYLIE and the other was caught by DEAN LADRIDO from 6 yards out.
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.
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.
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.
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
By Andrew Smith
Chula Vista (12/5/2014) – Even from 1,400 miles away from Southwestern College, you could feel the energy of the crowds cheering their schools on until the final whistle in the San Diego C.I.F. Division IV Championship game Friday afternoon. This wasn’t the same Mater Dei team that Bishop’s faced in Week 5 now that 6 Eastlake transfers were now eligible, but the outcome remained the same.
On what might be the final carry of Knights’ superstar BULLA GRAFT‘s spectacular high school career, the crowd echoed with chants of “BULLA…BULLA…BULLA” with great anticipation of a Jordan-esque type ending to his legacy, just like a jumper over Byron Russell to spawn a ring of his own.
After three quarters, none of that even seemed plausible as the Knights – for the first time in two and a half seasons – saw a goose egg next to their name on the scoreboard and trailed for the first time all season. Four giveaways didn’t help things either, but as bad as they played they still have to spend a lunch period in their future to get sized for a Championship ring with a 19-16 win over Mater Dei in overtime.
Freshman wide receiver MOZES MOONEY single-handily forced overtime with a pair of ridiculous runs after the catch that he turned into touchdowns and Bulla leap-frogged the Crusaders’ defense from 1-yard out to secure his place in C.I.F. legacy.
“This was all about playing for each other,” said Mooney after his 9 reception, 114 yard performance. “We left it all out there on the field and if you got hurt it was because you were playing for your life.”
As an offensive juggernaut during the regular season it was weird seeing a goose egg next to their name on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter, but they made the plays when they mattered the most.
“It still hasn’t hit me yet,” said head coach JOEL ALLEN after a Gatorade bath. “We picked a bad time to play our worst three and a half quarters of the year and I’m just so proud of our guys’ fight to the very end that I’m speechless.”
By Andrew Smith
Chula Vista (11/28/2014) – After the first couple weeks of the season, there were few outside of the La Jolla Country Day locker room that believed they would be playing for a San Diego C.I.F. championship at year’s end. Laced with 16 sophomore starters across the field – they had to learn on the fly…and fast.
The inexperience showed early on as they had double digit dropped passes, a multitude of missed tackles and made a lot of dumb penalties against the likes of La Jolla and Castle Park in a pair of blowout losses. They rebounded with a 4-game win streak, but were unable to win a league game in the tough Coastal League.
In the long run, even though they took their lumps in league, that experience would turn out to be a blessing in disguise as they finished off their amazing run through the Division V playoffs with a third straight win over a higher seed and took home the title with a 42-0 beat down of Vincent Memorial Friday night at Southwestern College.
“Our seniors played a great game and it means an awful lot to win so we’re really excited,” said senior quarterback BRAXTON BURMEISTER after going 26-of-41 for 421 yards and tossing 3 touchdowns. Most kids dream of winning a Super Bowl and going to Disney World, but he noted the Torreys (7-6) had bigger and better plans…“We’re going to Denny’s!”
Perhaps no one else’s Grand Slam is going to taste better than senior captain DARIEN BROWN. He played bigger than his 5-foot-9, 145 pound frame and pulled off a triple play he’ll remember the rest of his life. He opened the game’s scoring with a 1-yard touchdown run and then caught a 52-yard TD pass from Burmeister to help them get out to a 14-0 lead. He later made the final score of the game when he intercepted a pass and returned it 57 yards.
The game was never really in question once La Jolla Country Day got the lead. BRENNAN GORING had 9 catches for 165 yards and two touchdowns. He also blocked a punt and had 9 tackles on defense. Senior BEN CODEN had 6 receptions for 103 yards and CASEY MARIUCCI caught 5 balls for 58 yards.
“Give our senior leadership a ton of credit,” noted head coach TYLER HALES. “Early on, we hadn’t figured out our identity yet, but they kept everyone loose and in good spirits because we could have thrown in the towel at several different points in the season. It really just shows how much heart these guys have and I couldn’t be prouder of them.”
There were no rookie jitters in his first year, after taking over for the legendary Torreys’ skipper JEFF HUTZLER, but it has been a long time coming for a program that claimed it’s first championship with an 11-man roster.
“It just feels like yesterday I was game planning with my offensive co-ordinator CARMY CESAIRE and defensive co-ordinator ROB GRASSO back in Indianapolis at a coaches clinic,” he recalled. “It’s all happened so fast, but it does feel like a monkey has been lifted off our backs.”
DIVISION IV — SEMIFINALS
(1) BISHOP’S 49, (4) Castle Park 14 – Every Knight it sounds like a broken record…senior superstar BULLA GRAFT scores 4 touchdowns, amazes opposing coach in the process and the Bishop’s Knights win by a large margin. In Friday night’s Division IV semifinals game at La Jolla High it was the same old song.
It didn’t take long for the well rested star to put his stamp on the game as he took the opening kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown. Then after the Trojans converted on a 4th-and-goal from the 1-yard line to tie the game, Graft got the rock in the same down and distance, but took it 77 yards for a score and the rout was on.
“We were seriously just trying to get one yard for the first down,” head coach JOEL ALLEN said after. “I called a dive and Bulla was just being Bulla. He never ceases to amaze me.”
Quarterback GRIFFIN SEAMAN then threw his usual four first half touchdown passes. MOZES MOONEY caught two – including a highlight reel screen pass – and JUSTIN WOODLEY took one in from 27 yards out. Graft caught the last one for a 28-yard score and then finished off Castle Park with a 77-yard score to begin the second half. He also intercepted a pass on defense.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
BULLA GRAFT – BISHOP’S (SR)
1ST TEAM OFFENSE
QB – JOSH GAUDET – HORIZON (SR)
RB – BULLA GRAFT – BISHOP’S (SR)
RB – BENTON WEEKS – SANTA FE CHRISTIAN (SR)
RB – A. J. BRITANICO – BISHOP’S (JR)
WR – ANTHONY OSEGUERA – HORIZON (SR)
WR – MOZES MOONEY – BISHOP’S (FR)
OL – TOMMY BANCROFT – FRANCIS PARKER (SR)
OL – BEN HAMEL – SANTA FE CHRISTIAN (SR)
OL – GREG COFFMAN – LA JOLLA COUNTRY DAY (SR)
OL – BLAKE DORVILLIER – BISHOP’S (SR)
OL – MAX GARDNER – SANTA FE CHRISTIAN (SR)
K – JAKE BAILEY – SANTA FE CHRISTIAN (SR)
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
CYRUS NOLAN – BISHOP’S (SR)
1ST TEAM DEFENSE
DL – KYLE BRUNS – SANTA FE CHRISTIAN (SR)
DL – CYRUS NOLAN – BISHOP’S (SR)
DL – MATT WEI – FRANCIS PARKER (SR)
DL – DANIEL ANDERSON – BISHOP’S (SO)
LB – DAVID TRAGANZA – FRANCIS PARKER (SR)
LB – SAM RAY – SANTA FE CHRISTIAN (SR)
LB – JUSTIN WOODLEY – BISHOP’S (SO)
DB – CARTER ROBERTS – SANTA FE CHRISTIAN (SR)
DB – KHALEEL JENKINS – FRANCIS PARKER (SR)
DB – DAVEN HORNE – FRANCIS PARKER (SR)
DB – BRENNAN GORING – LA JOLLA COUNTRY DAY (SO)
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
JAKE BAILEY – SANTA FE CHRISTIAN (SR)
2ND TEAM OFFENSE
QB – BRAXTON BURMEISTER – LA JOLLA COUNTRY DAY (SO)
RB – JORDAN GENMARK-HEATH – FRANCIS PARKER (SO)
RB – KEVIN LONEY – SANTA FE CHRISTIAN (SO)
WR – DARIEN BROWN – LA JOLLA COUNTRY DAY (SR)
WR – OSCAR CORDOVA – HORIZON (JR)
WR – CHRISTIAN ARLINGTON – HORIZON (JR)
OL – ZACH REINER – SANTA FE CHRISTIAN (SR)
OL – SAHIL SHETH – BISHOP’S (JR)
OL – ADAM BILMES – BISHOP’S (SR)
OL – ROBBIE GIANNELLA – FRANCIS PARKER (SR)
OL – IZAIAH POUTOA – LA JOLLA COUNTRY DAY (JR)
2ND TEAM DEFENSE
DL – GAVIN DILL – SANTA FE CHRISTAIN (SO)
DL – CASEY MARIUCCI – LA JOLLA COUNTRY DAY (SO)
DL – LARRY MILLER – HORIZON (SR)
DL – CESAR SANTANA – BISHOP’S (SO)
LB – CHRIS HERMES – SANTA FE CHRISTIAN (SR)
LB – CODY GALVAN – LA JOLLA COUNTRY DAY (SR)
LB – COLE GOLDKLANG – LA JOLLA COUNTRY DAY (SR)
DB – KEVIN RODIN – FRANCIS PARKER (SR)
DB – CHRISTIAN SOURAPAS – FRANCIS PARKER (SR)
DB – JACK CASE – BISHOP’S (JR)
DB – CALEB PHILLIPS – SANTA FE CHRISTIAN (SO)
LA JOLLA COUNTRY DAY
It’s been a big couple of weeks for the sophomore star quarterback. Right before the playoffs began he committed to the University of Arizona and has been spectacular since. Through the air, he has 8 touchdowns to no interceptions and has rushed for a score in each game. Last week, he led the Torreys to a spot in the Division V Championship game with a 53-20 win over No. 1 seed Holtville going 16-for-23 for 327 yards and 5 TD passes. He also rushed for 30 yards on six carries and 1 score.
LA JOLLA COUNTRY DAY
All the sophomores on the Torreys’ defense have had to grow up in a hurry this season and they more than answered the call. Playing against a much bigger line, the defensive lineman made 9 tackles and had a sack in their semifinal win over Holtville. He didn’t stop there though. Offensively, he had four receptions and two touchdowns in a 53-point outburst.