Chula Vista (1-2) clamps down defensively and defeats Morse 15-6 in their home opener.
Most football junkies would tell you the game is won in the trenches and the Spartans put that on display tonight on both sides of the ball. The Tiger’s Tim Patrick and Martell Irby are as good as advertised, but the Spartans held them both to their lowest rushing totals on the season. A huge part of that was due to the play of Linebacker Ubaldo Nolasco who was a disruptor in the backfield. The defense held the Tigers rush attack in check and played well as a unit.
The Spartans offense got the scoring started on their first drive as Victor Agraz would cap it with a 15-yard scamper. The offense would sputter on the following three drives all stalling on lost exchanges from the center to the quarterback. Chula Vista would end up scoring on both of their offensive drives to open the halves as Darrion Hamilton plunged in from one yard out to extend the lead to 15-6.
It was a tough night overall for Morse as they could never really sustain drives. Both Patrick and Irby showed glimpses of flash but had little room to operate. When the Tigers were moving the ball, the Spartans would come up with crucial fourth down stops, as they did three times in as many quarters.
Morse will look to get back on track against Hoover in Week 4, and Chula Vista will remain at home to play cross-town rival Castle Park.
CONGRATULATIONS TO HEAD COACH HOWARD BANNISTER FOR HIS FIRST WIN AS A SPARTAN
The Chula Vista Spartans (0-2) hope to turn the tide in their home opener as they take on the Morse Tigers (1-1).
The strength of the Spartans has been their running attack rushing for 235 yards in the season opener and 169 yards the following week. The offense relies heavily on duel-threat Quarterback Darrion Hamilton who progressed from Week 1 to Week 2. The Senior has looked more comfortable running with the ball than throwing it in two weeks rushing for a team-high 142 yards.
If there’s one thing Morse is good at it’s also running the rock. Unfortunately for the Spartans, they do it better than most rushing for more than 4,000 yards last season. This season, it starts with the duel threat Quarterback Tim Patrick and Running Back Martell Irby. In the first two weeks, both players have displayed elusiveness and explosiveness rushing for multiple touchdowns that eclipsed 40 yards. The Spartans task on defense will be to take away the big plays on the ground and make Patrick throw the ball.
Both squads have faced each other twice in as many years and the Tigers have had the advantage both times beating the Spartans 37-21 and 30-13. The only correlation between this year’s teams is they have both played Mount Miguel. Morse beat Mount Miguel 26-19 in Week 1 and Chula Vista lost 15-6 in Week 2 but allowed 11 points less.
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