The Valley Center Jaguars (9-1) had a renewed sense of purpose on Friday night, playing for their team mate Mason Wiberg, who suffered a stroke last Sunday evening. Wiberg was released from the Intensive Care Unit before game time and is expected to make a recovery. He couldn't make it to the game, however his mother sent this tweet prior to kick-off: "Mason's out of the ICU! He wishes he could be there to cheer you boys on! Go Jaguars!"
Needless to say, the Monte Vista Monarchs (6-4) never stood a chance. The stout Jaguar defense wouldn't let Monte Vista budge at all on offense. Valley Center shut down the pass and run all night and Quarterback KJ Mazzetti took care of the ball brilliantly on offense.
The Jaguars excelled in nearly every facet of the game. Mazzetti routinely hooked up with wide receiver Zachary Mahrenholtz, finding each other time again with the deep ball. In place of injured starter Ronny McCowan, Santiago Vasquez took good care of the ball on the ground and found the endzone once.
The bright side for Monte Vista is that they will get a chance to turn things around next week when the postseason begins. The Monarchs and Jaguars should both qualify for the San Diego County CIF playoffs next week. Make sure to tune into KUSI on Friday night at 10:30 pm for all your highlights and scores!
PREVIEW:The Valley Center Jaguars (8-1) host the Monte Vista Monarchs (6-3) Friday night at 7pm in what is shaping up to be a battle for playoff seeding.
While the Jaguars have looked virtually unstoppable this season, last weeks 28-21 scare against the Escondido Cougars should prove to be all the motivation that the Monarchs need heading into the last regular season game of the year.
The Monarchs were sitting on easy street heading into the postseason before last weeks 35-14 loss to the Granite Hills Eagles, so look for a renewed sense of purpose and interest this week as they need a win over a higher profile school such as Valley Center.
Although Valley Center High boasts the better record and momentum, Monte Vista has posted 276 points this season, while just giving up 142. Expect fireworks from both sides as these two teams can strike at any moment on offense and defense.
The winner this Friday night looks to be sure to secure a home playoff game next week and continue through the 2016 season. Make sure to tune into KUSI Friday night at 10:30pm for all your scores and highlights!