On their Homecoming night, the Orange Glen Patriots got a victory at home, and in dramatic fashion. The Patriots beat the Escondido Charter White Tigers by a score of 33-0, marking their first win of the season.
Orange Glen senior running back Jacob Guzman had a tremendous performance, scoring four touchdowns on the night. He kicked off the action in the first quarter, running the ball eight yards into the end zone to make the score 7-0 Patriots. Guzman kept it coming in the second quarter with a 5-yard TD run, putting the Patriots up 13-0. Still in the second, sophomore QB Julien Lesa threw a 8-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Zeandre Anderson to make the score 19-0 Orange Glen.
Escondido Charter had a few shining moments, but in general struggled against the Patriots’ strong defense. In the second quarter, sophomore quarterback Georgiy Begaliyev made a solid 30-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Mike Boteler, but the refs called back the touchdown and the White Tigers came right off the scoreboard. Throughout the rest of the night, Begaliyev struggled to connect with his wide receivers and threw a handful of picks. One of these picks was in the White Tigers’ own end zone, thwarting yet another scoring opportunity. Orange Glen senior cornerback Christian Gonzalez intercepted Begaliyev’s pass in the end zone and returned it a whopping 82 yards. Shortly after, it was Guzman yet again who made a 19-yard TD run that brought the Orange Glen crowd to their feet, and solidified the 33-0 win for the Patriots.
Orange Glen will look to continue their momentum as they take on Santa Fe Christian next Friday at 3:00pm for their first conference game of the season. Meanwhile Escondido Charter will look to bounce back with a win against Holtville on Friday at 7:00pm. Tune in to PPR on KUSI every Friday night at 10:30pm to keep up with all the best highlights and recaps.
PREVIEW: Week 5 of the Prep Pigskin Report takes us to Orange Glen High School, where the Patriots will be taking on the Escondido Charter White Tigers this Friday at 7pm. In this non-conference matchup, Orange Glen will look to get their first win of the season in front of a packed audience for Homecoming.
Orange Glen, led by fourth-year coach Jason Patterson, has not had the start to the season that Coach Patterson envisioned. The Patriots have been fortunate to have their first four games at home, but have not yet capitalized on their home turf advantage. Orange Glen was defeated by Clairemont 34-0 in their home opener, then lost a close one to Hoover by a score of 17-14, fell to Maranatha Christian by a score of 42-10 in Week 3, and lost 60-0 against San Pasqual last Friday.
The Patriots went 4-7 last season, and will look to improve that record this year, if they can start to turn things around this Friday. In 2016, the Patriots relied on passing plays 80 percent of the time; they intended to return to their running game this year but have struggled to create scoring opportunities thus far. Cael Patterson, son of Coach Patterson, is starting quarterback and looking to make his mark. But in order to create chances on offense, perhaps the biggest focus for the Patriots right now is to improve their defense, which allowed 455 points last year. “We struggled on defense last year,” said Coach Patterson. “We have to stay healthy to improve on that.”
As for Escondido Charter, Greg Brose has returned as head coach after leading the team from 2006-2013. Now in his eighth year, he has had to rebuild the roster, and the team chemistry. Brose is looking to improve the team’s 2-8 record last season, but there have been obstacles. Two quarterbacks, a star running back, and a talented defender did not return from last year’s team, so there are some new faces and many young players. Brose said he is focused on building character on his team. The White Tigers could also use some heightened morale, and a boost of confidence with a win. Escondido Charter fell to Calipatria 44-19 in their season opener, and then could not get on the scoreboard in the following three games as they lost 48-0 to Vincent Memorial, 35-0 against San Ysidro, and 61-0 to Saddleback Valley Christian.
The good news for both teams is that they have not yet played any conference games, and they can look to make necessary improvements in these non-conference games.
This Friday, both teams will be determined to pull off their first victory and gain momentum throughout the rest of the season. Players to watch for on Orange Glen include linebacker Luis Mateo, who made 44 tackles last season, and running back Jacob Guzman, who ran for 401 yards and two touchdowns last season. On Escondido Charter, keep your eye out for running back Tristan MacMahon, who is the key to Coach Brose’s pistol offense that will likely be in effect on Friday.
Kickoff is set for 7pm. Make sure to tune in to the Prep Pigskin Report this Friday at 10:30pm on KUSI for recaps and highlights of this game and more throughout the county, and be sure to follow @RedJacketArmy on Instagram and Twitter.