Calvin Christian 47 – Rock Academy 17 – It’s a seventh straight win for the host Crusaders as they continue their quest for an undefeated regular season. QB Matt Lafler has perhaps his best passing effort, hitting on eight of 10 throws, good for 172 yards and a touchdown. CC’s vaunted running game continues to percolate at a very high level. Senior speedster Daniel Esguerra needs just nine carries to gain 136 yards and score thrice. Rushing touchdowns are also tallied by Wes Salzman, Mason Crouch and Lafler. Receiver Jordan Thomsen gets on the board with a TD reception. Seemingly all over the field, Lafler shines on defense as well while amassing an eye-popping 19 total tackles and picking off a pass. Linebacker Salzman also gets into double figures with 10 stops.
Classical 33 – Tri-City Christian 12 – The Caimans (4-4) go on the road and register a huge win, handing the well-regarded Eagles only their second loss of the season. By virtue of the victory, Classical goes to the top of the Pacific (League) standings at a perfect 2-0.
Escondido – After a bye week, the Cougars (2-6) will seek to spring an upset when they host the rolling Valley Center Jaguars in a big rivalry game. Winless at home thus far, Esco needs offensive standouts quarterback Kellen McCoy, running back Taveous Vazquez and tight end Quinton Gaudet to be at their best if the Cougs are going to be able to hang with the Jags.
Escondido Charter 24 – Maranatha Christian 21 – The White Tigers (2-6) show they still have some bite by coming off a bye week and snapping a six-game losing streak. Tough fullback Hunter Boyce scores on tallies from eight and 20 yards out, while the versatile Jake Zimmerman hauls in a touchdown catch and delivers a 25-field goal to boot, no pun intended. Having gotten back into the victory column, the question is can EC keep things moving in the right direction when it travels to take on Army-Navy?
Orange Glen 39 – Holtville 35 – The Patriots (4-4) make the 144-mile trek east a profitable one by bringing home a key triumph. Trailing at one time by a 15-0 count, OG scores the next 33 points and then withstands a furious late rally by the Vikings. Not surprisingly, the Pats rely on the strong right arm of quarterback Blaine Bailey who pitches six touchdowns, five of which go to his dynamic partner-in-crime Malachi Russell.
Oceanside 39 – San Pasqual 12 – With linebacker Jake Salaheddine returning a fumble for a score and signal caller Nick Hurst linking up with Saud Carrillo on a 28-yard TD pitch, the Golden Eagles tie the game at 12 apiece with six minutes left in the third period. But from there, it’s all Pirates as the hosts score the game’s final 27 points. Oceanside’s quarterback Max Shuffler bedevils SP with a pair of TD tosses in addition to a couple of tallies on the ground. The non-conference loss is the second straight for the G. Eagles who fall to 4-4 on the year.
Borrego Springs 52 – San Pasqual Academy 14 – The Dragons (2-4) lose their third straight as the host Rams go on a 39-point binge in the first half that settles matters before intermission. Dragon quarterback Karson Wallace has his moments as he hits Westley Bryant on a 52-yard touchdown strike and also takes a fumble in for a score.