The improbable at Mission Bay remained just that as the Buccaneers fell for the eighth straight game this season. St. Augustine elevated their record to 5-3.
The Bucs entered the game as a long shot to win this game and with slim chances of pulling an upset. The Saints made sure to reduce that chance to nothing and kept the game a one-sided affair.
Mission Bay’s first possessions were fairly quick as they couldn’t move past a three-and-out drive. In between that however, St. Augustine quarterback Angelo Peraza connected with Ryan Cummins for a 15-yard touchdown pass.
On the ensuing possession, senior running back Deandre Daniels extended the lead by 14, taking it 28 yards to the end zone. Daniels would end the game as the leading rusher, accumulating 94 yards and a score.
Saints dominated both sides of the ball, and standing out on the defensive side was cornerback Tyson McWilliams. The sophomore would go on to have two interceptions on the night, with one of those being returned for a touchdown.
Buccaneers were able to put some points on the board in the second quarter with a touchdown pass between seniors Joshua Buck and Wessly Denzy. At that point, they were in a 35-7 hole. The climb to victory was simply too steep as they would go on to lose 56 to 15.
Mission Bay will continue to fight for a win at home against the Morse Tigers next week. St. Augustine hosts the Mira Mesa Marauders.
Friday's game at Mission Bay High School has all the potential to be a David and Goliath story. The St. Augustine Saints (4-3) visit a Buccaneers team (0-7) still searching for their first win of the season.
The Bucs have a steep uphill battle, but perhaps they can follow in the footsteps of the Saints who are coming back from an upset of their own.
Last week, St. Augustine upset the undefeated Madison Warhawks on their home turf. Adding to the surprise of the victory was how hot out the gate they came out from the opening kick. Running back Deandre Daniels had a 70-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and the team scored 13 of their 19 points in the first quarter. They also got it done on defense, limiting the opposition who averaged 41.8 points entering the game to only 10 points.
Mission Bay has struggled all season long. With a young team along with a first-year coach and defensive coordinator, the experience is not on the Buccaneers side. The team has scored a total of 45 points all season. Opponents are averaging 41 points alone against this defense.
The game starts at 6 P.M. Friday at Mission Bay. Can an upset be possible? You can find out on the best high school football show in the nation, the PPR starting at 10:30 P.M.