An uplifting atmosphere surrounded Kearny High as the Patriots celebrated senior night and homecoming. However, on the field awaited an opponent looking to spoil the evening. Patriots held up their own throughout the night, but it was the University City that left smiling with a 41-21 victory.
Patrick Henry pushed the ball early, fighting their way to first downs. Unfortunately, those hard-fought drives would end in punts as the Centurion stubborn defense kept producing stops.
Keeping them in throughout the night however, was quarterback Ethan Gomez who looked like a swiss army knife with a helmet. On the air and on the ground, Gomez found ways to be productive and keep drives alive. He threw for 150 yards while rushing 93 yards and accumulating two rushing touchdowns.
It was a well-balanced game in the first half was Centurions went into the break with only a 21-14 lead.
Second half, it was the University City show.
The Centurions neutralized the efforts of Gomez, with a triple threat attack on their own. From the backfield, running backs Marcel Patterson and E’lonie Rico ran the field, literally and figuratively. Patterson ended his night with 139 yards, complemented by another 114 yards from Rico. In the air, Gunnar Gray torched the defense with 212 yards and a couple of touchdowns.
University City improves now to 8-1. They now prepare for the La Jolla Vikings in a battle of undefeated league teams.
Patrick Henry drops to 2-7. They’ll be searching for a better outcome next week against the Hoover Cardinals who have yet to acquire a win in league.
This week’s matchup at Kearny Mesa High School will feature the Patrick Henry Patriots playing host to the red-hot University City Centurions. The Centurions are looking to finish the month of October perfect, making it four straight wins. Patriots will be trying to end a two-game losing streak.
Patrick Henry is struggling with a 2-6 (1-1) record and have another a tough assignment waiting for them this Friday. University City stands at an impressive 7-1 (2-0).
Centurions have proven to be a juggernaut on offense, averaging 44.25 points per game. Their defense? Just as capable. They are currently holding the opposition to 14.63 points per game and held their last three opponents to under 10 points.
Keep an eye out on sophomore quarterback Gunnar Gray, and his main target junior Casey Granfors, and their anchor on defense, senior Jake Jones.
They’ll first have to get past junior quarterback who has shown to be capable of causing some damage to defenses.
To catch the highlights of this game and 32 others, you can tune into the Prep Pigskin Report starting at 10:30 Friday night with Paul Rudy.