Just like the last five years, the Del Norte Nighthawks and Fallbrook Warriors matchup went down to the last minute with Del Norte winning 21-7.
Fallbrook quarterback, Jake McBroom, was the star of the first half with two touchdowns, one with his feet and one in the air.
Right before the first half ended the Nighthawks used a bit of trickery with a running back pass that went for an 80-yard touchdown. It was a back and forth battle all night long with the score tied at halftime 14-14.
The second half was just as close as the first. Another back and forth contest and with one minute to go it was 21-20 Fallbrook.
Though the Warriors fought well, it was Del Norte’s night to be had. The Nighthawks’ Alex Moore scored a 26 yard touchdown with 27 seconds left to take a 27-21 lead.
In the final play of the game, Del Norte’s, Grant Connors, sacked McBroom as the clock expired.
Fallbrook drops to 0-2 while Del Norte moves to 1-1. In Week 3, the Warriors will face off against Torrey Pines and the Nighthawks will host San Marcos.
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Over the last 5 years this matchup has become an unexpected rivalry. They have seen each other each season since 2012. Though Del Norte has won 4 of those 5 matchups the average margin of victory has been four and a half points.
This past season the Nighthawks squeaked out a 20-13 victory. However, Del Norte was reliant on seniors as they were responsible for 385 yards in the contest.
Despite both teams suffering Week 1 defeats, both teams are eager to turn the ship around.
For Del Norte, it was their neighbors to the north, Carlsbad, that handed them their first loss. The Nighthawks used 3 different quarterbacks to try and see who could lead the offense best. Though none of the three found the end zone, they did combine for over 100 yards.
One of the brightest stars of the night was Junior Jamie Meoli who snatched 37 receiving yards and ran for another 8.
For Fallbrook, it will be their second straight away game after they traveled to Westview in Week 1. Though they couldn’t put any points on the board, there were some special players on the defensive side of the ball.
Junior Corbin Nash had 5 tackles, with 2 tackles for a loss, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery all in one game. Junior Joseph Portillo also contributed with a 32-yard fumble recovery scoop and run.
Though the Warriors only had 52 total yards of offense the coaches have faith in quarterback, Jake Mcbroom. The junior started to find his receivers, Juniors Will Gross and Luke Conley.
If history has anything to say about it this will be a close battle, so tune in to the PPR at 10:30PM every Friday to watch the highlights from this game and all games from around the county. Or follow the Red Jacket Army on Twitter and Instagram @redjacketarmy.