For any St Augustine fan out there worried about how their team would respond after a devastating 35 point loss to Cathedral Catholic, worry no more. The Saints bounced back in dominating fashion, making huge plays on both sides of the ball en route to a 45-15 victory over the Point Loma Pointers.
Point Loma started off hot, delivering the game’s first big blow on a 29 yard touchdown connection between quarterback Kyle Grady and tight end Patrick Rutledge. A two point conversion made the Pointer lead 8-3 early in the second. There was no time for the Pointers to celebrate, it only took the Saints one play to respond. Isaac Taylor-Stuart continued St Augustine’s long run of talented running backs, his 37 yard scamper for 6 gave the Saints the lead back. The Saints continued the momentum by finishing the half with an amazing play. With no time left on the clock quarterback Rodney Thompson found Noah Dinapoli on a decent gain, but Dinapoli suddenly tossed the ball laterally to Tariq Thompson. Thompson gains a few yards before throwing the ball towards the sideline. Darrell Broussard then catches the lateral and races past the Pointers defenders, finishing off some great teamwork on a 41 yard touchdown play. That touchdown extended St Augustine’s lead to 24-8 at the half, its definitely a highlight worth searching for on the KUSI PPR website.
St Augustine came out in the third quarter ready to finish what they started. Taylor-Stuart scored for a second time on the Saints second play from scrimmage, this touchdown from 68 yards out. Point Loma then gets picked off three consecutive drives, the final one returned all the way home by Seth Hayes, and the Saints end up keeping that commanding lead.
The playoff rankings have already been updated to most peoples surprise, but the earlier a team knows who they’re playing the better. St Augustine, now 8-2, will hold on to Division 1’s second seed and enjoy a bye week. Point Loma may drop to 4-6 but they’ll look forward to hosting a first round playoff game against Carlsbad. Interestingly enough, a win for the Pointers gets them a rematch against St Augustine in the second round. That chance for revenge could be extra incentive for the Pointers. Be sure to tune in for Point Loma and every other school that qualified for the postseason next Friday on Prep Pigskin Report!
PREVIEW - The 2016 San Diego football season is a week away from the playoffs, but not before some big matchups to decide who ends up where. This Friday at 2 PM the Point Loma Pointers will host the St Augustine Saints, right now both schools are in favorable position for the Division One playoffs but the only way to keep that is win.
At 4-5 Point Loma need to prevent a drop to keep their first round matchup at home. The Pointers have played some of the counties top opponents in their last three games, so the team should be more than ready for another tough game. Its very important for Point Loma that running back Josh Ball has a big game, the juniors averaging nearly six yards per carry and has reached pay dirt 5 times. The Pointers might have another advantage with the early time, their school has been playing all but one game a year in the afternoon. St Augustine is used to night games so this could end up playing a role.
Unfortunately for Point Loma they’ll have to do more than hope an early bus ride does the trick. St Augustine has struggled in their own Western League but are still incredibly formidable at 7-2. The offense had been lights out before last weeks 35-0 loss to Cathedral Catholic, quarterback Rodney Thompson has capped off a very successful high school career with a senior year of 27 total touchdowns and only 7 interceptions. Containing Saints linebacker Isaac Hall is easier said than done, but it will have to happen if Point Loma wants to move the ball well. St Augustine has plenty of extra motivation to get this win on the road, they’ll enjoy a bye week if they can keep their 2nd seed in Division One.
Both teams have plenty to gain and lose from this game, so expect both sides to give everything they’ve got. Postseason football is just around the corner, be sure to catch how the regular season ended this Friday at 10:30 PM on KUSI’s Prep Pigskin Report!