Calvin Christian 76 – Calvary Christian Academy 60 – In a points fest that nearly tilts the scoreboard, the Crusaders (8-0) complete a perfect regular season. CC also captures the Ocean (League) title and will take a No. 1 seed into the Division VI semifinal playoffs this Friday evening against Borrego Springs (No. 4). Matt Lafler proves to be a royal pain to the Royal Knights as he fires three TD passes and runs for another score just for good measure. Daniel Esguerra, Wes Salzman and Lafler each rush for over 100 yards and combine for seven TDs on the ground. The Crusaders look to be the team to beat in the postseason as they seek back-to-back championships. Given the way the offense has been percolating for most of the year, if the CC defense can tighten up and play to anywhere near its potential, then the Crusaders should plan on adding some more football hardware to the trophy case.
Classical Academy 35 – Escondido Charter 6 – The Caimans (6-4) win their fourth successive game and capture the Pacific (League) title with an unblemished record (4-0). The White Tigers’ season (2-8) comes to an unsatisfying end with a seventh loss in their final eight games. By virtue of their recent hot streak, CA earns a No. 1 seed in the Division V playoffs and will host No. 8 Holtville this coming Friday night. The gifted Ty Patterson has a monster night against EC, running wild for 318 yards and four scores. If Classical can continue to be a force on the ground with Patterson and QB Caleb Moen leading the way, its championship aspirations are more than legit.
Horizon Christian 42 – Orange Glen 39 – The Patriots (4-6) drop their final outing of the regular season, losing for a second time by four points or less. An 18-yard Damon Schubert field goal with less than a minute left proves to be the difference. The Pats impressively rally from a 24-12 deficit to take a 33-24 lead but can’t hang on. Quarterback Blaine Bailey and spectacular wideout Malachi Russell, without a doubt one of the most dynamic pass-catch duos in the entire County, go absolutely ballistic, hooking up thrice on scores that total a mind-numbing 160 yards yet it still isn’t quite enough. But the Pats (No. 9 seed) nonetheless qualify for the playoffs in Division IV and will travel to take on host University City (5-5) tomorrow night. Because its passing game can be extremely potent with Bailey and Russell at the forefront and others like receivers Billy Mercado and Brandon Montes posing a threat, OG is fully capable of causing problems for any opponent. A Pat victory over the Centurions would hardly be a shock.
San Pasqual 48 – Escondido 0 – The Golden Eagles (6-4) are uber impressive in blanking their crosstown rivals. SP takes a commanding 34-0 lead at halftime and never looks back. With the victory, the G. Eagles run their Valley (League) record to 3-1 and garner second place outright, just a game behind top dog Valley Center. The win over the Cougars (2-8) is keyed by quarterback Westin Erdman who finds paydirt with both a TD pass and a nifty 11-yard run. Saud Carrillo, Spencer Pugh, Jesse Guerrero and Brett Sayers all chip in with a rushing score while Ben Lozada livens things up with an exciting 66-yard punt return. Buoyed by a two-game winning streak and obviously riding some real momentum, San Pasqual (No. 12 seed) will open the postseason this Thursday night when it travels to Granite Hills (No. 5). This reporter has seen both these teams in action and feels this is a very favorable matchup for SP and a highly winnable game for the visitors. If the Golden Eagles bring the passion and execute with reasonable efficiency on offense, they will move onto the quarterfinal round.
St. Joseph Academy 46 – San Pasqual Academy 8 – The Dragons (2-6) end their season on a disappointing note with a fifth straight loss. The Crusaders put the game away with a huge 32-point second quarter. For the winners, John Marlow and Blase Kerekes combine to score four rushing touchdowns with each tally coming from at least 22 yards out. The lone SPA touchdown occurs when Karson Wallace and Luke Fowler get together on a pretty 62-yard scoring pass.