By Andrew Smith
Holtville (11/21/2014) – The plan on the 3 hour bus ride to the desert was to keep the fifth-seeded La Jolla Country Day players loose and in good spirits, with the slap-stick football comedy movie “The Comebacks.” Mysteriously, when head coach TYLER HALES went to work the DVD player it…“wouldn’t work.” For some reason, it worked just fine when he put “The Program” in which is a much more dramatic football story.
The conspiracy ran wild on Twitter last night, then shortly thereafter, La Jolla Country Day ran wild in the Division V semifinal against the top-seeded Vikings and earned a trip to next week’s championship game at Southwestern College with a 53-20 win.
“It was just a great all-around game by our guys,” Hales said after. “The seniors have stepped up huge in the playoffs and you can tell they don’t want their high school careers to be over just quite yet.”
All of them played crucial parts…
Running back COLE GOLDKLANG (Sr.) followed up his “Player of the Week” game with another great performance as he had over 100 yards total and 2 (1 rush, 1 rec) touchdowns. In two playoff games, he now has 5 TD’s on 8 touches.
Sophomore BRENNAN GORING got the Torreys (6-6) started on their first possession with the first of his two receiving touchdowns to make it 7-0. The Vikings (8-4) responded no problem, but senior DARIEN BROWN blocked the extra point and that proved to be huge early on.
Quarterback BRAXTON BURMEISTER led the offense to a score on every drive LJCD had. He finished the game 16-of-23 for 327 yards and 5 touchdown passes. He also ran for a score on their second drive.
After the No. 1 seed again responded, the Torreys began to pull away…
Senior kicker GRAYSON LYMAN hit all seven of his PAT attempts and added a 32-yard field goal to make it 17-12. Goring then pulled off a ridiculous touchdown as he caught the ball on the sidelines, made a spin move, then used a stiff arm on the last player to put the finishing touches on video game like play that broke the Vikings spirits.
From that point on RYAN LARICCIA, IZAIAH POUTOA, GREG COFFMAN and CASEY MARIUCCI put on a defensive show for the ages that even included a goal line stand on the last play of the first half. BEN PETTY-HULL also had an interception and Mariucci had over 100 yards receiving and two touchdown catches.
It wasn’t exactly an “Escape From Alcatraz,” but the Torreys survived the desert trip and the jokes from “22 Jump Street” on the ride back home were all a lot funnier. Funny how that DVD also had no problem playing were Coach Hales put it in. Keep the legend alive…#TorreysDVDconspiracy
DIVISION IV – QUARTERFINALS
(1) BISHOP’S 62, (8) El Cajon Valley 0 – Nobody likes to count their chickens before they hatch, but the Knights (11-0) are a far superior team than the rest of the Division IV field and they came out like a rooster belting “cock-a-doodle-doo” in their quarterfinal blowout over the Braves (3-8).
Quarterback GRIFFIN SEAMAN was phenomenal, tossing 4 touchdowns in the first half to four different receivers. MOZES MOONEY (7 yds), A.J. BRITANICO (22 yds), JUSTIN WOODLEY (5 yds) and JACK CASE (11 yds) were on the receiving end of those.
“We came out, practiced hard and watched a lot of film this week,” Seaman said after. “The line blocked great and we just made plays when we needed to.”
Britanico also scored on a 45-yard draw play and BULLA GRAFT had a 7-yard touchdown run as they got out to a typical 42-0 halftime lead.
Kicker CHRIS ALLEYNE returned the opening kickoff of the second half 98 yards for a touchdown and also converted on 8-of-9 PAT attempts. Case had a 22-yard pick six and JACK ALLRED finally laid the golden egg on El Cajon Valley with a 57-yard touchdown run to end the night.
“It was a great win for us but there’s still a whole of work to be done,” said head coach JOEL ALLEN. “We know that all the teams left are capable of coming in and beating us on any given day, so we can’t take anyone lightly.”
DVISION III – QUARTERFINALS
(1) Hoover 69, (9) FRANCIS PARKER 28 – The Lancers (6-6) pulled out every trick in the bag against one of the best defenses in the county and actually had some pretty good success at it. They converted a fake punt, had success on an onside kick and made a play you could see on Sportscenter Top 10.
Quarterback KHALEEL JENKINS took the snap in shotgun, threw a bounce pass — OFF THE GROUND — behind the line of scrimmage to JORDAN GENMARK-HEATH and he then threw it 30 yards to KEVIN RODIN for a touchdown.
After the Cardinals (9-2) scored rather easily on their opening drive CHRISTIAN SOURAPAS returned the kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown to tie things up, but things went downhill quick. Thanks to a punt and fumble both returned for scores they found themselves down 31-7 in a matter of ten minutes and tried to play catchup.
On the last play of the first half that Jenkins made a play that was symbolic of his entire career, as he turn absolutely nothing into a 33-yard touchdown. That made it 41-28, but Parker just ran out of gas in the second half.
“If you would’ve told me that we would have 28 points at halftime I would’ve bet you $10 that we would win,” said Parker head coach JOHN MORRISON. “We just couldn’t stop their run and their speed is a real difference maker – especially up front on their defensive line.”
Things couldn’t have gone any better for Hoover on this night. Seven different players score and they ran for 388 yards on 31 carries. Even though they only threw the ball twice, both went for touchdowns and one was a laid-out dive in the back of the end zone that was just a ridiculous catch.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better group of kids this season,” added Morrison. “We had a very tumultuous season with all the injuries and they couldn’t have played any harder than they did.”
By Andrew Smith
La Jolla (11/19/2014) – Who’s the best player you’ve seen play this year? Is there anyone out there that doesn’t surprise you anymore? If you started a fantasy team among all of the San Diego schools and had the first overall pick…who would it be?
Long before Bishop’s senior captain BULLA GRAFT ever stepped onto the football field, he was already used to fame and the spotlight…whether he liked it or not. As a little leaguer, he played in front of a bunch of small crowds until he led his Park View Little League team to a World Championship in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Fast forward five years and more than 6,000 all-purpose yards later — as a running back/kick returner/safety — and the attention may not always be wanted, but it’s definitely deserved.
For my money, being named the Coastal League “Player of the Year” was more than deserved, but it wasn’t enough. I argued my tail off for him in the season-ending C.I.F. panel with a bunch of unbiased judges, but if there is any justice in the world, the people who run KUSI’s Prep Pigskin Report will also recognize the greatness we’ve been fortunate to have seen the last four years.
He led the undefeated Knights (10-0) to a perfect season and will open up the San Diego Section C.I.F. Playoffs as heavy favorites to run the table in Division IV. They are more than capable of a another deep run – ending in a State Bowl Championship win – just like their 2010 team.
As a member of the media, it’s been kinda hard to hold back enthusiasm and praise for a kid that deserves so much, yet wants so little. He’s a man of few words, but much like a lot of great team leaders, when he finally does open up for an interview or he’s talking to his teammates, everyone around shuts up and listens to every single syllable that comes out of his mouth.
“Size doesn’t really matter in high school,” his head coach JOEL ALLEN stated of his five-foot-eight senior that’s pound-for-pound the best player he’s ever coached. “He has over 100 tackles on defense and if we needed him to run the ball more, his numbers would be ridiculous!”
Nicknamed by the Bishop’s PA announcer as the “Flying Hawaiian” whenever he has a big gain on offense because of his family background, but he will also yell out “Bulla, Bulla, Bulla!” when he makes one of his game-changing plays on special teams or defense.
Many can say they model their game after the great Barry Sanders, but when you see his shiftiness and ability to make defenders look as silly as he does, it really does ring a bell. Maybe the fact that Sanders was viewed as an undersized player as well makes it all the more sweeter, but no one has sweeter moves than Graft.
“If he was 3 inches taller he’d be one of the top recruits in the country,” said rival Francis Parker head coach JOHN MORRISON. “I have nothing but the utmost respect for Bulla and what he’s done for Joel over the last 4 years.”
My very first glimpse of the Silver Pigskin finalist was at a practice on their La Jolla campus before the beginning of his sophomore season. He joked with a team that wrapped him up in a non-contact drill that if he tried that again it would be a fictitious six points on the practice scoreboard. Even then he didn’t disappoint, as he put one move on the defender the next play and was gone by a mile.
As a sophomore, he had 2,069 all-purpose yards and 18 touchdowns. His junior year, Allen tried to limit his touches, but he still managed 175 yards a game in 10 games played and this season he sits at a whopping 2,233 total yards and still has a handful of playoff games left to play.
“I think he averaged 80 yards a carry against us so I’m very excited to see that he’s finally graduating,” La Jolla Country Day head coach TYLER HALES said jokingly. “He’s so dangerous on any play, that in my four years playing against him we never punted it to him once. He’s just a special player, an absolute beast and I think he gave my beard a lot of its gray hairs trying to game plan against him.”
In his senior year, not only did he lead the Knights to a perfect 10-0 record with 34 touchdowns (21 rush, 12 rec, 1 KR), but he was also the quarterback of a defense that was one of the best in town.
He played as a freshman at 120 pounds, but since has put on 40-50 pounds (a lot of it muscle) and has even garnished the praise of “being a bully” at his safety position from some of the media members that have been covering high school football for years.
Oh yeah…there’s also that small little fact that he’s an All-Coastal League baseball talent that led his little league team to a world championship as a little leaguer and will have success wherever he decided to go to college no matter what sport he chooses.
It was an absolute pleasure covering and getting to know “Bulla! Bulla! Bulla!” the last four years. My vote, like I said, is 100% completely unbiased towards him winning any and all post-season accolades.
It really comes down to a few simple questions you have to ask yourself…
When was the last time you heard a player score 4 TD’s in a game and shrugged it off like it was nothing?
How many times have you been at the game and then seen one of his highlights on KUSI’s Prep Pigskin Report and think to yourself that was his third or fourth best play of the night?
Have you ever heard of a player emulating Barry Sanders’ game and then coming awfully close to looking just like him?
If you answered “Yes, Yes, No” then you’ve won the jackpot, just like Coach Allen did four years ago when Graft stepped on to the La Jolla campus. No one else out there this year can come close to matching his flair or pizazz. That’s why he’s gotten my vote and will definitely earn the vote of anyone else that has gotten the blessing of seeing him play any of the last four years.
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The senior running back only had 4 touches in the Torreys’ 61-21 win over Maranatha Christian, but he made the most of them scoring three touchdowns. He set the tone early with a 51-yard touchdown run, caught a 73-yard touchdown in the second quarter and returned a kickoff 65 yards for a touchdown after the Eagles scored their first touchdown of the game to make it 61-7.
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Playing on a defense littered with sophomores, the senior stole the show with 147 total yards. He only made 4 tackles on defense, but made his first two career interceptions, pronouncing the Torreys’ arrival onto the Division V scene. He actually had a third pick, but the refs ruled him out of bounds. He also returned a punt for 22 yards, caught two passes for 48 yards and took back one of his two picks 74 yards to the house in the second quarter to make it a comfortable 38-0 halftime lead.
(9) FRANCIS PARKER 41, (8) Monte Vista 21 – Everyone and their mother was predicting a Monarchs (6-5) victory in the opening round of the San Diego C.I.F. Playoffs, but few knew that Parker was peaking at the right time. One year after being undefeated and losing as the top-seed to a Grossmont Valley League opponent, the Lancers (6-5) got their revenge Friday night. After putting up 58 points on Horizon last week, they had their way with a very good Monte Vista defense and earned a rematch next week with No. 1 seed Hoover.
“We by far played our best game of the year,” said Lancers’ head coach JOHN MORRISON. “I told our guys before the game that my goal is to see you all on Monday at practice and now we’re playing with house money, so we have nothing to lose.”
Sophomore JORDAN GENMARK-HEATH caught a 29-yard touchdown, threw a TD pass to CHRISTIAN SOURAPAS and rushed for two more scores.
“We’ve been through a lot of things this year and it’s been hard,” he admitted after. “But this win…feels really good.”
The Lancers pulled out all the stops in this one. Besides the double pass for the score, they also successfully converted on a fake punt and a fake field goal. DAVID TRAGANZA was a force on defense with 8 tackles, a pass deflection and a forced fumble. DAVEN HORNE also had an interception and broke off a few nice runs on offense.
Quarterback KHALEEL JENKINS threw 2 touchdowns and ran for another as the Lancers speed was too much for a team loaded with a lot of fast athletes. SPENCER HAYES caught a 19-yard touchdown in the third quarter to make it a 27-7 game.
“We had a good gameplan in the beginning of the week, so we were confident coming in,” said Jenkins. “From the opening kickoff we did a great job of executing it and had a lot of confidence from that.”
(10) LA JOLLA 54, (7) SANTA FE CHRISTIAN 17 – Teams that could throw the ball had success against the Eagles’ (5-6) defense all season long and it was no different in the opening round against Vikings’ (6-5) quarterback COLLIN RUGG and Co. as he threw six touchdowns and broke the C.I.F. record for TD passes in a season with 45.
“He’s throwing perfect balls out there,” said wide receiver/kicker TRENTON FUDGE after hauling in 4 catches for 120 yards and 3 touchdowns. “There wouldn’t have been any extra pressure if I knew that last one was for the record…I still would’ve caught it.”
It wasn’t just Rugg that hurt the Eagles…their ground game was equally impressive led by REID MARTIN. Accounting for 118 of their 223 rushing yards, the senior took the pressure off the Vikings’ passing game and it allowed them to open up the playbook.
Santa Fe Christian running back BENTON WEEKS had a good day – 82 yards rushing on 18 carries and 114 return yards – but they were playing from behind the whole game, which isn’t a good idea for a run first offense.
Of all the schools in San Diego County, it seems like the one that has been the most affected by the new playoff format, that went into place one year ago, it the Solana Beach based Eagles. Known for make runs deep into the playoffs and not only winning C.I.F. championships, but challenging for state bowl games, they have lost for the second straight year in the first round.
(8) El Cajon Valley 49, (9) HORIZON 34 – The Braves (3-8) were virtually unstoppable on offense, and the El Cajon Valley Sack Exchange came up big during the game’s final stanza, as the hosts won in the playoffs for the first time in nine years.
El Cajon Valley jumped out to a two-touchdown lead in the first quarter, but the Panthers (5-6) came back to tie in the second quarter on a 13-yard quarterback keeper.
The Braves scored a touchdown with under two minutes to go in the first half and did most of their damage of simple dive plays.
El Cajon Valley forced a fumble in the first quarter and converted the turnover into a touchdown four plays later on a 19-yard score.
The Braves scored on a six-play opening drive, capped by a 9-yard run.
Horizon closed to within 21-20 on a touchdown early in the third quarter, then made a big red-zone stop on fourth down following big-play runs from Matthew Shearin and Meriton Hasani. Shearin had a 12-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 28-28.
“Shearin is the real deal,” said Horizon coach LAMONT BUTLER. “He played both ways. And Hasani played great as well, finishing with 2 TDs and 141 yards rushing.”
El Cajon Valley’s Faamama Lauifi had an interception off a deflected pass late in the third quarter, while teammate Pietro Anderson had a tackle-for-loss, also near the end of the third quarter. Anderson finished with 13 tackles, 3 sacks and caused a fumble.
Shearin rushed for a short touchdown with 9:03 left in the game.
Nick Jones had a third-down sack in the fourth quarter, setting up a 43-yard TD run by Shearin immediately following the change of possession. Jones had 7 tackles with 3 sacks and a knock-down pass that led to an interception.
The Braves’ defense came up big midway through the fourth when Shearin knocked a possible touchdown pass out of the receiver’s grasp, then Lauifi and Jones stopped the Panthers’ for a tackle-for-loss on fourth down to force a turnover on downs.
Fadi Putrus, a senior, had a remarkable 38-yard touchdown run that saw him bounce, spin and get out of the grasp of defenders en route to the end zone.
“Putrus played great – rushed for 58 yards and a score,” Whitehead said. “We rushed for 546 yards. Martin Patti had 7 touchbacks and did a great job punting.”
Late in the game, Jones and Anderson combined for a sack, then Jones got a solo sack on the next play. Anderson would later add another sack on the game’s final drive.
Horizon got a touchdown with 2:25 left, but Shearin turned a 3rd-and-6 play into a 61-yard touchdown run with 1:38 left.
El Cajon Valley junior linebacker Tayler Pannel finished off the Panthers with a final-drive sack.
MORE RECAPS TO COME…
FRANCIS PARKER 58, HORIZON 46 – It was hyped as one of the best Coastal League matchups of the year and the regular season grand finale certainly didn’t disappoint. The Lancers (5-5, 2-2 CL) had 11 sacks in a game that produced 104 total points (96 in the final 3 quarters) and KHALEEL JENKINS saved his best game of the year for last, rushing for 240 yards and 6 touchdowns.
The Panthers (5-5, 1-3) struck first when JOSH GAUDET hit OSCAR CORDOVA for a 15-yard touchdown. CHRISTIAN ARLINGTON then hauled in the 2-point conversion for the early 8-0 lead, but after a Jenkins score and a safety they fell behind 9-8. The only other time they held the lead was after ANTHONY OSEGUERA returned a kickoff 75 yards for a score.
“We had a chance for a scoop and score late in the game that would’ve made it a six point game but we fell on it instead,” head coach LAMONT BUTLER said after. “Who knows how things end if we get that play, but for the first time in my two years we converted on every single conversion after scoring and our special teams played great.”
Jenkins only attempted 10 passes, but helping Parker’s ground game was the play of running backs DAVEN HORNE and MATT WEI. Horne had 147 yards on 17 carries, Wei rushed for 47 yards on 11 carries and both scored a touchdown.
For the Panthers, it was another normal day statistically for the county’s leading passer and his receivers. Gaudet went 29-of-53 for 321 yards and 3 touchdowns. Arlington (8-174-1), Oseguera (9-81-1) and Cordova (9-79-1) proved why they are considered to be one of the top receiving corps in town.
BISHOP’S 49, LA JOLLA COUNTRY DAY 6 – The Knights (10-0, 4-0) continued to roll, wrapping up an undefeated season and a Coastal League championship with an another emphatic victory. GRIFFIN SEAMAN threw four first half touchdowns to MOZES MOONEY (2), SAHIL SHETH and BULLA GRAFT. Mooney then came on in relief in the second half and tossed a pair of touchdown passes to Graft. Sophomore DAVID WYLIE caught a 31-yard touchdown from BRAXTON BEURMEISTER, but other than that it was a quiet Knight for the Torreys (4-6, 0-4) against the league’s best defense.
#8 Christian 49, SANTA FE CHRISTIAN 7 – Just like Bishop’s, the Patriots (10-0) finished their season unblemished and it was in large part thanks to the legs of Adrian Petty. The junior finished the game with 363 yards on 17 carries, He had 3 touchdown runs of 80, 65 and 44 yards. He also had a 92-yard TD run called back because of a holding penalty.
The Eagles (5-5) went toe-to-toe with them in the first quarter thanks to the hard running of BENTON WEEKS. He broke off a 50-yard run that lead to a CARTER ROBERTS 2-yard score that had the game tied at 7-7 early, but it was all Christian after that.
Weeks finished the game with 153 yards on 20 carriesand was also the first player to break the century mark against Christian’s defense all year. Santa Fe Christian fans also got a glimpse into their bright future when sophomore CONNOR WHITTON came into the game at quarterback and completed all three of his passes for 77 yards.
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The sophomore running back/line backer played a big part in the Eagles’ 31-21 league victory over La Jolla Country Day. He opened the scoring with a 42-yard touchdown run to completely swing the games’ momentum in SFC’s favor, then converted on a huge third down late in the game to close the door. He ended with 82 yards on 8 carries and two scores. On defense, he also made 7 tackles (6 solo, 1 ast) and had 3 monster sacks against a slippery quarterback.
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La Jolla Country Day had the momentum the majority of the day, but they failed to score deep in Eagles territory because they couldn’t take care of the ball. One of the big reasons why was the senior defensive back, who made 2 key interceptions. At quarterback, he also led the offense to 291 rushing yards and threw one touchdown.
SANTA FE CHRISTIAN 31, LA JOLLA COUNTRY DAY 21 – If you just looked at the final score of this one, it wouldn’t be indicative of what actually took place. The Torreys (4-5, 0-3 Coastal League) moved the ball up and down the field on the Eagles (5-4, 3-1 CL), but the SFC defense made 4 interceptions – including three in the red zone – to come away with victory in their final league contest of the season.
CARTER ROBERTS (2), MATT MCROSKEY and R. J. WALKER made the interceptions, while KEVIN LONEY scored two touchdowns (45, 7) for the Eagles, the latter on a crucial third down play to put the game on ice. BENTON WEEKS, had another great game rushing for 178 yards on 22 carries. Walker also scored on a 4-yard pass form Roberts and DAVID DIVJAK had a 3-yard TD run.
Sophomore quarterback BRAXTON BURMEISTER led LJCD on a furious comeback late in the game, but the short fields given to the Eagles along with the interceptions were eventually just too much to overcome. He ended with three touchdowns (2 rush, 1 pass) and also converted a two-point conversion on a pass to DARIEN BROWN. His favorite target – BRENNAN GORING – caught a 12-yard TD late in the game.
BISHOP’S 42, FRANCIS PARKER 7 – The Knights (9-0, 3-0 CL) used their defense and ground game to jump out to a 28-0 halftime lead. BULLA GRAFT rushed 17 times for 240 yards and 3 rushing TD’s to go along with 1 receiving. A. J. BRITANICO had 120 yards on just 7 carries and two rushing touchdowns.
The Lancers (4-5, 1-2 CL) were held to just 196 yards of total offense and scored on a 37-yard pass from KHALEEL JENKINS to RYAN RISSE mid way through the fourth quarter.
Meanwhile, the stats just keep getting more absurd for the flash and lightning combination of Graft and Britanico. Against the likes of SFC and Parker, the duo totaled 792 yards and 11 touchdowns (Graft 500-8, Britanico 292-3) to clinch at least a share of this year’s league title.
ENTIRE OFFENSIVE LINE
Playing in their biggest test of the season, the offensive line of the Knights led them to a 35-2 win over Santa Fe Christian. They opened up the running lanes for more than 10+ yards per carry in a dominant performance to continue Bishop’s magic carpet ride of a season, allowing Bulla Graft and A. J. Britanico to both top 150 yards for the first times this season. In total, the Knights’ running backs rushed for 408 yards on 38 carries and 5 TD’s.
The linebacker set the tone early against Santa Fe Christian with a pair of big hits in the Eagles backfield. It’s arguable, that no one else on defense in the Coastal League, has made a bigger leap from his freshman to sophomore season. He dominated in Saturday’s 35-3 win with 11 tackles, 3 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.
BISHOP’S 35, SANTA FE CHRISTIAN 3 – In a game that was supposed to be their biggest test of the season to date, the Knights (8-0, 2-0 Coastal League) passed with flying colors. For whatever reason, the entire scene on the Eagles’ Solana Beach campus seemed disinterested in what was taking place on the field and it looked like they themselves just came out flat. It definitely didn’t have the feel or the energy of the top two teams in the Coastal League squaring off for a potential league title.
Senior BULLA GRAFT had his way with the Santa Fe Christian (4-4, 2-1 CL) defense. He zigged and zagged his way for 200 yards and touchdown scores of 45, 4, 1 and 55 yards, finally getting that elusive win over SFC after three failed attempts. His running mate – A. J. BRITANICO – also ran wild, rushing 17 times for 172 yards.
Just as impressive was the Bishop’s defense holding the Eagles to just 3 first downs in the first half. It actually looked like they had more than 11 shirts in pursuit. A 48 yard pass from CARTER ROBERTS to the player with the best nickname in the county, CALEB PHILLIPS aka “The Agitated Ostrich,” set up the only Eagles score of the game when Stanford-bound kicker JAKE BAILEY kicked a 35-yard field goal.
JUSTIN WOODLEY had one and half sacks for the Knights’ defense and CHRISTIAN FORD had a fumble recovery to go along with half a sack. QB GRIFFIN SEAMAN and freshman wide out MOZES MOONEY picked up chunks of yards whenever Bishop’s fell behind on down and distance, connecting 6 times for 62 yards.
The only real success the Santa Fe Christian offense had was after scrapping their patented ground game and relying on Roberts’ arm to make plays. He would finish the game with a season-high 181 yards on 12-of-25 passing. CHRIS HERMES had a sack for the Eagles and CONNOR RICE had an interception.
HORIZON 47, LA JOLLA COUNTRY DAY 31 – Things didn’t exactly go as planned for the Torreys (4-4, 0-2 CL) on their “Blackout” homecoming night. Playing with a scrambled roster, RYAN LARICCIA threw for 4 touchdowns and 215 yards, but it was no match for San Diego county’s top aerial attack.
Panthers’ (5-4, 1-2 CL) quarterback JOSH GAUDET added 4 touchdowns to his senior resume and surpassed the 3,000 clip for the year by adding 420 yards through the air on 28-of-36 passing.
“He had a great game for us,” Horizon head coach LAMONT BUTLER said of Gaudet, who also ran for 102 yards and two scores. “I’m telling you, if he listened to me more his stats would be even more eye-popping, but he’s doing a great job for us.”
ANTHONY OSEGUERA (7 rec, 159 yds, 2 TD) and CHRISTIAN ARLINGTON (5-104-1) were the usual beneficiaries, but playing his first game at receiver this season, OSCAR CORDOVA caught 10 balls for 116 yards and a score. Taking his place at running back, OSCAR NAVARRO found his way into the end zone with a touchdown run.
Sophomore receiver BRENNAN GORING led LJCD with 5 catches, 105 yards and 3 touchdowns and CODY GALVAN rushed for 63 yards on 10 carries. Defensively, four guys recorded double digit tackles, while CASEY MARIUCCI (3.5), GREG COFFMAN (3), IZAIAH POUTOA (2), BRADLEY COUCH (1) and JOSHUA REYES (0.5) combined for an absurd 10 sacks.
“Ryan (Lariccia) stepped up for us and was a baller tonight,” said first year Torreys’ head coach TYLER HALES. “We had our opportunities, but with all the adversity I’m really proud of the way our team responded. It could’ve been worse, but we made three goal line stands.”
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For the second time in as many weeks the senior has run like a man possessed. Prior to Coastal League play, the running back averaged 4.6 yards/carry on 49 rushes. Since, he’s nearly doubled that with a 9.1 yds/carry to lead the Eagles to two straight league victories. He had 23 rushes, 130 yards and 1 TD in a 27-7 win over Parker two weeks ago and scored two more touchdowns in a 51-33 win over Horizon which saw him gain 197 yards on only 14 carries.
Here at SanDiegoCoastalSports.com, as a staff we never like to vote for a player to win the “Player of the Week” more than once each season to spread the love around. However, the Knights’ senior superstar previously won earlier this season for offense. On Friday, he spoiled University City’s homecoming and kept Bishop’s perfect season in tact. The deadly offensive weapon proved he’s just as lethal on the other side of the ball — leading their defense to a 42-13 win — with 19 tackles (8 solo, 11 ast), 1 TFL and an interception.