The trip 50 miles south was worth it for San Marcos (2-0) as the Knights blanked Bonita Vista 57-0.
San Marcos brought a different caliber of play to Southwestern College Friday Night as they dominated in all three phases of the game. Offensively, transfer Miles Hastings ‘fits the bill’ as D-1 quarterback and has talent all around him. Running Back Josh Bornes was man-handling players tonight rushing for a 12-yard touchdown in the first and a 43-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Both Kyle Philips and Ethan Cline can strike for a big play anytime they touch the ball. Philips got the scoring started with a 17-yard touchdown reception and he ended the half returning a kickoff 25-yards for a touchdown. Ethan Cline got in on the action returning a 75-yard kickoff and a 95-yard kickoff for touchdowns. Philips might be a bit more shiftier, but Cline kicked it in to sixth gear on his 95-yard return and went 0-to-100 real quick.
The only problem they have on defense is guys mentioned above go both ways. In close physical games it’s tough to maintain as Bornes starts at MLB and RB (both positions take beatings), and Cline and Philips rarely come off the field. However, the heart of their defense starts up front as Defensive Ends Quinn Roff and Colin Mathiszik caused disruption in the backfield all night.
It was a tough night for the Barons (0-2) as this loss will go down as one of the worst in school history, which says a lot after winning the State Championships only two years ago. There night was summed up by a bad neck injury to Robert Rios who was carted off the field after colliding with a teammate on a special teams tackle. We wish Robert a speedy recovery and hope to get an update soon!
San Marcos will look to remain undefeated as they duel with Del Norte (1-1) in Week 3. It doesn’t get any easier for Bonita Vista as they take on Madison (2-0).
An interesting note. First-Year Head Coach Aaron Jones, of Bonita Vista, came from Madison and will be reunited with Head Coach Rick Jackson
UPDATE: ROBERT RIOS WAS ABLE TO LEAVE THE HOSPITAL FRIDAY NIGHT
San Marcos (1-0) marches south to battle the Barons of Bonita Vista (0-1) Friday night at 7 pm.
After beating Vista 38-22 in the North County Game of the Week, the Knights will look to remain undefeated behind the arm of Quarterback Mike Hastings who completed 22-of-33 passes for 255 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1. One of the touchdown passes went to Kyle Philips who created buzz after his eight reception, 141-yard receiving day. He looked shifty in close corridors and created separation in the secondary.
The balance of San Marcos offense goes through Senior RB Josh Bornes who led the Knights with eight carries for 41 yards in Week 1. He also added 4 receptions for 21 yards and a touchdown. If the Knight’s offense is hitting on all cylinders, there aren’t too many offense that can keep up. Last year, they outscored Bonita Vista 50-33.
The Barons get a second crack at another North County powerhouse after losing to Poway 39-7 in Week 1. Head Coach Aaron Jones hopes to turn his fortunes around in his first season. He admitted that losing more than 20 Seniors to graduation last year didn’t help, but also noted that his team will play hard through every whistle and never give up. The home squad, who had a good turnout Week 1, will need to rally around their crowd and play close to perfect to have a chance against San Marcos.
The one weakness Bonita Vista will look to expose is offensive turnovers by San Marcos who had multiple in each half last week. See whether the Barons can pull off the upset of the night only on KUSI’s Prep Pigskin Report at 10:30 pm.