Calvin Christian 37 – San Diego Jewish Academy 26 – The Crusaders win their sixth straight and second in Ocean (League) play. CC gets pushed but comes through with a 21-point second half to outlast the Lions. Running back Wesley Salzman scores twice while rushing for 73 yards. The talented sophomore also grabs four passes for 70 more. Speedster Daniel Esguerra has a big night, gaining 167 yards on the ground and tallies once. QB Matt Lafler scores on a run before pitching a TD pass. The defense also comes up with some key stops led by Anthony Coseo (9 total tackles), Lafler (8), Salzman (6) and Nico Brower (6). Bryce Lovisa not only shines with a game-changing interception but he also hauls in Lafler’s scoring pitch.
Classical Academy 35 – Army Navy 13 – The Caimans (3-4) snap a two-game losing streak and win their Pacific (League) opener. A 28-point first half sends them on their way.
Del Norte 38 – Escondido 23 – The Cougars (2-6) seem well positioned when they take a 17-9 lead in the third period but the Nighthawks score four of the next five touchdowns to seal the deal. Esco running backs Taveous Vazquez and Cade Pannell find paydirt on rushes while Kellen McCoy strikes from distance when he connects with productive Quinton Gaudet on a honey of a 57-yard touchdown connection.
Escondido Charter – The White Tigers (1-6) had the week off as they try to gear up for the final three contests of the regular season. Coach Chris Bonta’s players still believe they can be a factor in the Pacific (League) and they’ll get a chance to prove it this Friday night against a competitive Maranatha Christian squad.
Santa Fe Christian 63 – Orange Glen 13 – SFC explodes in the first half with a 42-point outburst that puts the Patriots (3-4 overall) behind the eight-ball. The Eagles do massive damage on the ground, rushing for six touchdowns.
Valley Center 13 – San Pasqual 6 – The Golden Eagles (4-3) produce some early lightning when they score on their second possession, thanks to a quick-hitting stunner from running back Sam Serrato, who takes it to the house on a 68-yard jaunt. But from there an alert Jaguar defense knuckles down and allows nothing else. Meanwhile, the Jags produce a TD pass and two field goals which proves to be enough. This was a tough, physical affair befitting the top two teams in the Valley League. The SP defense was nearly the equal of VC’s, keeping a potent Jag offense basically in check. Down lineman Cole Hardan is outstanding in defeat. West Shores 38 – San Pasqual Academy 22 – The Dragons travel all the way over to Salton City but come up empty. The loss drops the Dragons record to 2-3.