Sunday, September 10, 2023

Weekend Recap: Lincoln and Mount Miguel continues to roll, while Aztecs and Toreros suffer losses

Lincoln overcomes slow start, cruises past Mater Dei

Akili Smith Jr. tossed three touchdown passes to three different receivers and ran one in himself as the No. 1 ranked Lincoln Hornets (4-0) rolled to a 54-19 win over the Mater Dei Catholic Crusaders (0-3). Donald Reed III led the Hornets' rushing attack with 125 yards and two scores, while Jerome Roberts made a game-changing impact with a 50-yard fumble return touchdown and a sack to help Lincoln secure its 16th straight win. For the Crusaders, Isaiah Buxton caught a 69-yard touchdown bomb from Kartell Purvis that gave Mater Dei a 13-7 lead early in the second quarter. The Arizona-bound athlete also recorded an interception on defense.

Mount Miguel puts up a team-record 66 points at Grossmont

In a matchup between teams with first-year head coaches, the No. 15 Mount Miguel Matadors (4-0) added another dominant performance to their season with a 66-20 victory over the Grossmont Foothillers (2-2). Senior quarterback Matthew Barton was named the MVP of the game after recording four touchdown passes. Senior Davian Mcgowan rushed for over 150 yards and three end zone trips, while Jeremiah Castillo put up 228 all-purpose yards and scored three times (2 RECs & 1 Punt Return). Freshman Delontay Williams made plays on both sides of the ball, putting up a touchdown catch and a pick-six.

Week 4 Media Poll Results

#1 Lincoln (4-0) - Def. Mater Dei Catholic 54-19
#2 Carlsbad (4-0) - Def. Casteel (AZ) 49-9
#3 Granite Hills (3-0) - Def. Eastlake 35-7
#4 Helix (4-0) - Def. #5 Madison 53-19
#5 Madison (2-2) - Loss to #4 Helix 19-53
#6 Cathedral Catholic (1-3) - Loss to St. Ignatius (San Francisco) 28-35
#7 Mission Hills (3-1) - Def. Orange Vista (Perris) 41-12
#8 St. Augustine (2-2) - Loss to Notre Dame Prep (AZ) 14-35
#9 La Costa Canyon (3-1) - Def. Mira Mesa 38-7
#10 El Camino (2-1) - Bye
#11 San Marcos (3-1) - Loss to Torrey Pines 7-27
#12 El Capitan (3-1) - Loss to Steele Canyon 6-42
#13 Ramona (2-1) - Loss to Poway 34-35
#14 Mater Dei Catholic (0-3) - Loss to #1 Lincoln 19-54
#15 Mount Miguel (4-0) - Def. Grossmont 66-20

Toreros stunned by Colorado Mesa in Overtime

In his Torero Stadium debut, freshman quarterback Dominic Nankil (Mater Dei Catholic) delivered a strong performance in just his second college start. Still, the Univerisity of San Diego Toreros (0-2) suffered a 28-21 overtime loss to Colorado Mesa in their 2023 home opener. The game was tied 21-21 with seconds left in regulation when a clutch interception by Zamir Wallace forced overtime. However, Colorado Mesa scored immediately in the extra period, and Toreros failed to respond. Nankil threw for 165 yards and three touchdown passes with no interceptions. Despite the loss, local standout performances included Olympian alum Isaiah Williams with 168 all-purpose yards and a seven-yard touchdown catch in the closing seconds of the first half, and San Diego High alum Jayden Wickware leading the defense with five tackles and two sacks. The Toreros will face Princeton at home next week as non-conference play continues.

UCLA hands San Diego State its first loss of 2023

Dante Moore threw for 290 yards and three touchdowns, tying a school record for true freshmen and leading the UCLA Bruins (2-0) to a 35-10 victory over the San Diego State Aztecs (2-1) at Snapdragon Stadium. UCLA's big plays, including an 81-yard connection between Moore and Josiah Norwood, helped them outgain the Aztecs 550-259 in total yards. UCLA improved its all-time series record against SDSU to 22-1-1. Next week, San Diego State will travel to face No. 16 Oregon State.

Community College Results

Photo Credit: Nicole Noel Photography

SAN DIEGO MESA 14, Cerritos 10

The San Diego Mesa Olympians (2-0) relied on their defense to pull out a road victory over the Cerritos Falcons (1-1). The Falcons jumped out to a 10-0 first-quarter lead after a field goal and touchdown pass from quarterback Dylan Eldredge. But the Olympians battled back in the second quarter, cutting the deficit to 10-7 on a three-yard touchdown run by St. Augustine alum Richie Colmenero III. In the third quarter, Colmenero found Kader Diop for a six-yard touchdown to give the Olympians a 14-10 advantage. The San Diego Mesa defense made the lead stand up, holding off the Falcons in the fourth quarter to secure the win. Cerritos was hurt by five sacks allowed and two lost fumbles in the defeat. Colmenero managed the game well for the Olympians, passing for 76 yards and rushing for a score.

El Camino 35, PALOMAR 24

In a back-and-forth affair, the El Camino Warriors (2-0) emerged victorious 35-24 over the Palomar Comets (1-1) on Saturday night. El Camino jumped to a 7-0 lead on a Marceese Yetts touchdown run. Palomar tied it up in the second when Micah Johnson punched in a two-yard run for a score. But the Warriors responded with two more scores to take a 21-7 lead into halftime. The Comets battled back in the third with Clay Omohundro finding Kyri Shoels for a 78-yard touchdown strike. After Ammanuel Kidanemariam added a 25-yard field goal, Palomar trailed 21-17 heading into the fourth. Clay Omohundro hit Nate Washington for a 7-yard touchdown pass to briefly give the Comets a 24-21 lead. But El Camino seized control with two touchdown passes from Dayton Tafoya to pull away for the win.

Tafoya finished with 295 yards and 2 touchdowns passing while Bryant Williams hauled in 7 catches for 175 yards and a score for the Warriors. Omarion Ireland led Palomar with 134 yards rushing in the loss. Mission Hills alum Jaiden Letua was a force on defense for the Comets, recording two sacks to disrupt the Warriors' offense.

San Bernardino Valley 53, SOUTHWESTERN 40

The San Bernardino Valley Wolverines (1-1) jumped out to a big lead and held on to defeat the Southwestern Jaguars (0-2) on Saturday night. The Wolverines were led by quarterback Isaiah Vasquez, who threw for 225 yards and 5 touchdowns. Three of those touchdowns went to wide receiver Kealon Jackson, who finished with 155 yards receiving. Running back Antoine Fowler added 99 yards rushing and two scores for the Wolverines. Southwestern tried to battle back behind quarterback Aleks Wojcik (Mar Vista), who threw for 324 yards and 4 touchdowns, including two to Lenza Robinson. But the Jaguars' second-half rally fell short after facing a 34-7 halftime deficit.

Antelope Valley 34, GROSSMONT 31 OT

The Grossmont Griffins (0-2) led 24-7 at halftime behind two touchdown passes from quarterback Nathan Temple (Santana) and an 80-yard punt return score by James Johnson. But Antelope Valley (1-1) rallied in the second half behind quarterback Sharmon Rester, who threw for 409 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Marauders tied the game 31-31 at the end of regulation on a 14-yard scoring connection from Rester to Derrell Lloyd. In overtime, Antelope Valley's Gage Butler booted a 25-yard field goal to win it for the Marauders. Rester also made an impact on the ground, rushing for 63 yards and a touchdown. Antelope Valley running back Caleb Gardner added 98 yards and a rushing touchdown. Grossmont totaled 377 yards of offense led by Temple's 246 yards passing. But the Griffins were done in by five turnovers, including two lost fumbles. Antelope Valley also lost three fumbles in the back-and-forth affair.

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