It was one for the books on Thursday night when the Point Loma Pointers took on the El Camino Wildcats in an unbelievable show down in the first round of the Division I playoffs.
Midway through the first quarter it was the Point Loma Pointers who put the first score on the board when defensive lineman, Mathew Faa’lele, caught an interception setting up the Pointers for a touchdown.
The Wildcats received the ball back and answered those 7 points with a touchdown of their own tying up the game.
Heading into the second quarter tied, Point Loma held on to the ball for the majority of the quarter and put up another touchdown.
As El Camino looked to close the gap, the Wildcats fumbled on their own 37 yard-line where the Pointers very own Aurthur Daniels scooped up the pigskin and headed into the end zone scoring a defensive touchdown and putting the Pointers up, 21-7.
Approaching halftime, the Pointers looked to stretch the gap even further with a hand off from quarterback, Kyle Grady to Kyle Johnson who ran 40 yards and set up the Pointers for, yet, another touchdown from the 10 yard-line. At halftime, Pointers were up 28-7.
Those 28 points from the Pointers sat on the score board for a long time into the second half of the game where the Wildcats fought back putting up 21 unanswered points.
The Wildcats busted through the end zone when quarterback, Jaden Casey, passed 16 yards finding Christian Betz in the end zone; making it 28-14 Pointers.
Five minutes into the 3rd quarter, the Pointers tried to advance on 4th and 1 but were stopped short by a slue of Wildcats, turning the ball over on the Pointers own 23 yard-line.
There was no stopping Wildcat running back, Chris Brown, who powered his way into the end zone and closed the gap; 28-21 Pointers.
That wasn’t the end of the Wildcats. They forced their way down the fielding maintaining possession of the ball and capturing five 1st downs. On the final drive of the 3rd quarter, they yet again found the end zone when quarterback, Kyle Grady, kept the ball on for a 2-yard “QB sneak” tying the game; 28-28 going into the 4th quarter.
After a loaded 3rd quarter of Wildcat touchdowns, the Pointers didn’t give up. Early in the 4th quarter, Kyle Grady had a quick 15-yard pass to Antonio Quintanilla, hitting him in the back of the end zone and taking the lead once again.
Upon gaining possession of the ball, El Camino took one snap from their own 20 and it was Jaden Casey to Wayne Steward on an extraordinary play from the Wildcats tying up the ball game; 35-35.
It wasn’t over yet. The Pointers pushed and pushed their way down the field; from their own 23 yard-line to 4th and goal at the two. With only seconds left in the game, it was Mathew Faa’lele who pushed his way through the crowd of Wildcats putting the Pointers up 42-35.
The Wildcats didn’t give up the fight. They had aired out passes from Jaden Casey, a spiked down, and another aired out pass but, unfortunately, were unable to prevail. The Wildcats never gave up the fight.
The Pointers and Wildcats showed up to play an incredible first round playoff game and that they did.
With sweat on their brows and excitement in their hearts, the Pointers clenched their first playoff round win. The Pointers will meet up with the Saint Augustine Saints next week in round two.
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PREVIEW: It’s the first round of playoffs and just like that many teams are not only looking forward to this weeks game but to “The Stadium.” Who will be the last man standing? Who will take home the trophy and the title of “Champions”?
As sung by the famous Queen, “I consider it a challenge before the whole human race and I ain’t gonna lose.”
Players in the North County, South Bay, East County, and City alike go into this first round of playoffs with the same mentality as each other and as Queen.
Kicking it off Thursday night, in Division I, will be the Point Loma Pointers (4-6) vs. the El Camino Wildcats (3-7) at Clairemont High School.
The Pointers and Wildcats met in Week 1 at Herb Meyer Stadium where the Wildcats prevailed in a 21-8 win over the Pointers.
Meeting up again, this time, there will be more at stake.
The Pointers will step on to the gridiron with Kyle Grady at the helm. Grady, the Pointers junior quarterback, stands tall at 6’3”, 170 lbs. Grady will keep his eye on the prize as he looks to connect with receivers in the end zone and has done so more than four times already this season.
This season, Grady has found a handful of receivers in the end zone and out of the end zone included Gabe Hall and JL Skinner who will be present on the field for him Thursday night.
The Wildcats will pick up the pigskin with junior quarterback, Jaden Casey, who is holding on to 3,048 total passing yards; 17 passing touchdowns and 201 pass completions to accompany those passing yards.
Casey will continue to search for wide receivers, Manuell Kariuki and Sean Ward, who together have over 500 receiving yards.
The Wildcats will hop on the bus Thursday afternoon to take on the Pointers at Clairemont High School at 7:00pm. Tune in to KUSI Prep Pigskin Report at 10:30pm on Friday night to see how all the highlights from both the Thursday and Friday night games.