Week 12 of The Prep Pigskin Report may be coming to a close, but we’ve got one more week of Division VI football. This week #4 seed Borrego Springs High School (7-4) traveled to the North County to face #1 seed Calvin Christian (9-0) for the 8-man semi-finals. The Crusaders shutout the Borrego Rams 51-0 to shoot them to the championship game next Friday in hopes of becoming back-to-back Division VI Champions.
Despite the one-sided score, Borrego Springs put up a tough fight in the first quarter against Calvin Christian, allowing zero points to be scored.
The first points of the game weren’t scored until the second quarter when Crusader quarterback Matt Lafler found a gap in the Rams defense to run 14-yards for a touchdown of his own.
Calvin Christian scored 29 points in the second quarter alone, heading into halftime up 29-0 against Borrego Springs.
The second half was clockwork for the Crusaders, running up the scoreboard 51-0 and putting them at ease as they head into the rest of playoffs.
Quarterback Matt Lafler had an outstanding game for Calvin Christian, throwing three touchdown passes and running in one of his own.
Calvin Christian will be facing rival school Foothills Christian next week for the Division VI Championship. Will the defending champions be able to go back-to back this year, or will we have a new champion this year? Make sure to tune into The Prep Pigskin Report next Friday to find out the fate of this match at 10:30 PM and to also catch the highlights of the other games being played throughout San Diego County.
PREVIEW: The time has officially come. That’s right folks, the regular season is over, brackets have been made, and the first round of playoffs begins this Friday. This week on KUSI’s The Prep Pigskin Report, the Red Jackets are bringing you a Division VI semi-final match up between #4 seed Borrego Springs High School (7-3, 4-1) and #1 seed Calvin Christian High School (8-0, 4-0).
These two teams crossed paths earlier this season, with the Calvin Christian Crusaders taking home a 51-6 victory, but best believe that the Borrego Rams aren’t going to go down without a fight.
The Rams have a secret weapon this season, junior Alex Morris, who plays three different positions for the team. On the offensive side of the ball, the running back has racked in over 1000 yards rushing on the season and averages 9.7 yards per carry and 117.2 yards per game. Just last week, the junior rushed for 225 yards and had three touchdowns on the night. On the defensive side of the ball, Morris has accumulated 63 tackles as a linebacker over a 10 game spread.
The Crusaders have a couple players of their own, including junior quarterback Matt Lafler and sophomore running back Wesley Salzman. Lafler is a three-year starting quarterback for Calvin Christian, and has become extremely comfortable on the field for being such a young player. The junior started early as a freshman and has built the Crusaders into an offense that is known to thrive.
“We have been just telling him to go out and have fun, and with that, Lafler threw for over 300 yards last game,” Crusader head coach Randy Kreglow comments. “This guy knows how to play football.”
Salzman is another young guy on the field, only being within his second year at Calvin Christian. The sophomore running back plays on both sides of the field and averages 10.7 yards per carry as a running back. As an outside line backer, he has the second most tackles on the team (66).
Matt Lafler is also an outside line backer for the Crusaders and leads the team with 73 tackles.
The defending Division VI champions aren’t defined by just these two players, instead they are known for their entire team as a whole.
“Nobody expected us to be good this year, but this team plays as a unit, and that’s why they work so well together on the field,” Coach Kreglow explains. “We graduated a huge senior class last year that carried a lot of talent, but these men have shown that effort and hard work make up for what we lack in talent on certain parts of the field. That’s the philosophy what we have taught here and everyone has bought into it.”
Calvin Christian will be playing without Leo Gonzalez Friday night, who suffered a broke arm earlier this season. Borrego Springs has no injury report and is projected to be playing with a full roster.
Make sure to head on over to Calvin Christian Friday night to watch the Crusaders host the Borrego Spring Rams for the Division VI semi-finals. Kick-off is at 6:30 PM, but if you can’t make it there’s no need to worry. Tune into KUSI’s The Prep Pigskin Report at 10:30 PM to not only find out the score and see highlights of this game, but of all the playoff games throughout San Diego County.