Calvin Christian – Coming off a bye week, the 7-0 Crusaders look to complete a perfect regular season when they hit the road to take on Calvary Christian Academy. With a prolific offense that is averaging 49 points a game, the Crusaders should be more than a handful for the 3-6 Royal Knights. Two-way stars Matt Lafler and Wes Salzman figure to play leading roles in this Ocean (League) matchup.
Classical 31 – Maranatha Christian 20 – The Caimans win a third straight that pushes their overall record to 5-4 as well as 3-0 in the Pacific (League). Should Classical defeat crosstown rival Escondido Charter this Friday, then it cops the league title outright. A pair of long-distance runs from 62 and 45 yards out key the Caiman victory over MC.
Valley Center 28 – Escondido 21 – The visiting Jags jump to a 21-7 lead at halftime and stave off a gallant comeback attempt by the Cougars (2-7). In an intense contest befitting neighboring rivals, Esco signal-caller Kellen McCoy tosses for 239 yards while exciting running back Taveous Vazquez scores twice which includes a stunning 72-yard scamper. Defensively, it’s linebackers David Parks and Johnathan Middleton who shine, combining for over 20 tackles and playing with a verve that was palpable.
Army-Navy 23 – Escondido Charter 14 – The White Tigers (2-7) take a 14-9 margin into the final period but the Warriors score twice in that stanza for the win. Fullback Hunter Boyce continues his recent stellar play with a rushing touchdown from 10 yards out.
Bishop’s 63 – Orange Glen 14 – The visitors score a startling 35 points in the first quarter and roll from there. Jeff Jackson fires three TD passes while Hasant Moses-Hillman tallies three times on the ground. In the loss, Patriot signal-caller Blaine Bailey makes history by throwing for two scores that give him a total of 31 on the year, thereby eclipsing the longstanding record of OG immortal Cree Morris. The setback drops the Pats’ record to under .500 at 4-5.
San Pasqual 21 – Rancho Buena Vista 7 – The Golden Eagles (5-4) snap a two-game losing streak by beating the Longhorns on the road. Should SP defeat visiting Escondido tomorrow in their annual rivalry game, it will finish 3-1 and place second in the Valley (League) race.
Julian 62 – San Pasqual Academy 6 – The Dragons suffer their fourth loss in a row as Julian scores 50 points in first half. Eagle running back Osvaldo Cruz-Martinez is the story for the victors as he parlays 120 yards on the ground into four TDs. With the setback, SPA’s record falls to 2-5.