The La Jolla Vikings improve to 3-4 after a big league win at home over the Patrick Henry Patriots 21-14.
It was all La Jolla for three quarters. Their defense was pitching a shutout against the loaded Patrick Henry rushing attack and the offense was moving the ball efficiently behind quarterback Trevor Scully.
Scully ran for an 8 yard touchdown to open the scoring in the first quarter. In the second quarter his 9 yard run to the goal line set up Greg Nelson II for a 1 yard score. Later in the quarter he found senior wide receiver Sola Hope for a 23 yard touchdown pass.
"We were clicking in the first half," Head Coach Tyler Roach said. "We got some of the match-ups we thought we were going to get and we were able to take advantage of that."
Then the fourth quarter began.
Patrick Henry, who was having trouble getting anything going, suddenly erupted.
Quarterback Ethan Gomez threw a 61 yard bomb to Tyjhah Reid for a touchdown.
After forcing a fumble on La Jolla's next possession, Patrick Henry, who fell to 2-5, drove down the field and scored on Gomez's 1 yard run.
It seemed like it was going to be an unforgettable Friday the 13th for both the Vikings and the Patriots.
Patric Henry lined up for the onside kick and recovered it. Unfortunately for the Patriots, they recovered it right before the ball advanced 10 yards.
That sealed the win for the Vikings, who avenged last year's loss to the Patriots .
Roach, happy with the victory, credited his defense for keeping the Patriots out of the endzone.
"I was really proud of them," Roach said. "They stepped up. And that was our philosophy: bend don't break."
The Vikings will travel to Serra next week. Kick off is at 6:30 p.m.
The Patriots will visit the undefeated San Diego Cavers. Kick off is at 6:30 p.m.
PREVIEW: This Friday night the Patrick Henry Patriots will look to extend their winning streak to three games when they travel to take on the La Jolla Vikings.
After a disastrous start to their season, the Patriots, 2-4, are coming off back-to-back wins over Mission Bay and Serra.
La Jolla is hoping for some consistency to finish out the season. They currently sit at 2-4 after blowing out Hoover High 52-10.
This pivotal game will feature contrasting offenses: the rushing attack of Patrick Henry and the La Jolla passing game.
Patrick Henry is averaging 187.2 rush yards per game, according to maxpreps.com. Those yards come by committee. They have seven players who are averaging more than 30 rush yards per game.
Quarterback Ethan Gomez leads the ground attack, averaging 40 yards per game on 51 carries along with 137.2 pass yards per game.
The Vikings prefer to air it out. They are lead by senior quarterback Trevor Scully. He is averaging 230 yards per game through the air with 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. His favorite target is junior wide receiver Gabe Solis. Solis has caught 34 passes for 620 yards with seven touchdowns this season.
The La Jolla defense will have to take away the run game and force Gomez to beat them through the air. Gomez has only four touchdown passes along with five interceptions this season.
Patrick Henry will need to blitz Scully constantly and make him uncomfortable in the pocket. Expect the Patriots to double-team Solis on every play. If not it will be a long night for the Patriots' defensive backs.
Kick-off is at 6:30 p.m.
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