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Southwest SD Raiders 34, Castle Park Trojans 0

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The Southwest Raiders (4-6, 1-1) get their first shutout of the season and beat Castle Park, 34-0, for the first time since 1991. Their fourth win of the season marks their best regular season record since 2010. It was also a memorable night for Alice Cerda who was crowned Homecoming Queen. 

The Raiders once again relied on their run game with four rushing touchdowns. Leonard Hoar led all backs with two rushing touchdowns, Jovan Young with one and Joshua Sanchez added one late in the second half. Hoar’s pair of touchdowns gives him eight in the last three games played and Sanchez’ 35-yard touchdown run helped him eclipse 150 rushing yards for the third time this year. The Raiders are 3-0 when Sanchez rushes for more than 150 yards in a game. The senior has rushed for more than 100 yards in a game for a team high six times this season.

We know about the two-headed beast that makes up the Raiders backfield, but the player of the game was Jovan Young who had multiple sacks on defense, a pick six, and a 25-yard touchdown run to open the second half. The senior was all over the field Friday night both offensively and defensively for Southwest.

Castle Park doesn’t have much to write home about after their winless season. It was a tough year and tough night for Head Coach Ansolabehere as he watched some of his favorite players play their last game on the football field in a Trojan uniform. The first-year head coach had his hands full this season and did the best he could with the players he had. 

In order for Southwest to reach the Division V playoffs they had to have a convincing win against Castle Park. Will it be enough? We will know and update the article when the seedings come out Saturday November 4.

PREVIEW

The Southwest Raiders (3-6, 1-1) look to improve their home record (2-2) to above .500 for the first time in a decade as the Castle Park Trojans (0-9, 0-3) are still searching for their first win of the season in Week 11.

Head Coach Paco Silva has improved the programs record each year since he started in 2015. They are on the verge of having their best regular-season record since 2010. You could attribute the success to the change of culture Paco has brought with him, but the Raider coach will tell you the kids make it all possible. It’s come full circle for Silva and a few seniors as they began their journey together. Seniors Lenny Hoard (fullback/linebacker), Joshua Sanchez (running back/defensive back) and David Espinosa (quarterback/strong safety) have been key parts to the Raiders recent success with Silva.

The Raiders run game has been the bright spot in games won this season. The two-headed monster of Hoar and Sanchez have exploded in their three victories with Sanchez combining for 444 rushing yards and two touchdowns while Hoar rushed for 430 yards and eight touchdowns. They’re both on track to be selected for first-team all league in back-to-back seasons with Sanchez averaging 100 rushing yards per game and Hoar 111 rushing yards per game. Last week in their league win over San Ysidro, Hoar had 18 rushing attempts for 168 yards and five touchdowns and Sanchez rushed the ball 14 times for 174 yards and a touchdown.

Castle Park’s head coach Bernard Ansolabehere is in a similar position Silva was in back in 2015, and in speaking with first-year head coach, he speaks with the same passion and conviction when talking about his program and players. “I have an incredibly tough group of young men who have earned all that they have gotten and who deserve more than they have gotten; but we don't feel sorry for ourselves, we continue to work, battle, and stay bought in to the process,” proclaimed Ansolabehere. “These young men are laying a foundation for success in their futures and in the future of this football program, I could not be prouder to coach a group of young men.”

No matter the records of both of these schools, it’s safe to say they are in good hands with the people in place to lead the way. You can find out who will chalk up a win in the standings only on KUSI’s Prep Pigskin Report, Friday at 10:30 pm. 

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