The Otay Ranch Mustangs came into Mater Dei and spoiled Senior Night for the Crusaders by a final score of 47-9. It only took the Mustangs two plays to come up with their first touchdown. Running back Sammy Paranada scored his first of three touchdowns with a 24 yard run. Later in the first, it was Gus Espiritu's turn when he popped off a 36 yard TD run to make the score 14-0. The Crusaders took the ensuing kickoff all the way back to the Mustang 26 yard line. Two plays later, they hit pay dirt with a tricky halfback option play. Mater Dei QB Cameron Smith would pitch it to Johnathan Miller who aired it out to a wide open Simeon Speight for the touchdown cutting the deficit in half. The Crusaders employed some more trickery when they attempted an onside kick and recovered the ball at the Mater Dei 40 yard line. Unfortunately they could not make anything out of it and had to punt the ball. Starting from their own 5 yard line, the Mustangs marched right down the field and scored on a Sammy Paranada 51 yard TD run. On the Crusaders next possession, Cameron Smith was picked off by "Vita" Hafoka who took to the house. And just like that, the Mustangs had a three touchdown lead and the game was still in the first quarter. Otay Ranch would intercept Smith one more time on the following possession and turned that into more points with Paranada's third TD. The second half was played with a running clock. The third such game in a row for the Crusaders. When it was all said and done, Otay Ranch finished the season with a 7-3 record and a perfect record in league play to earn a trip to the playoffs. The loss closes the book on the Crusaders who finished with a 4-6 record.?
PREVIEW: Week 11 on the Prep Pigskin Report brings us to November. Where the air is a little colder and the fields a little slicker. My travels take me to Chula Vista where the Mater Dei Catholic Crusaders will play host to the Otay Ranch Mustangs. The Mustangs, winners of their last four games, come into Mater Dei with a perfect record in the Metro-Mesa league and an overall record of (6-3). They boast the leagues best rushing offense. Gus Espiritu leads the team with 815 yards, but Sammy Paranada and Alfredo Garcia have combined for 791 yards. Quarterback Puka Stewart keeps defenses honest with a pass attack that has amassed just under 1200 yards and 13 TDs this year.
Mater Dei comes home after two weeks on the road. Having lost their last two matches, they hope that being at home is just what they need to get back on the winning side. Three of their four victories this year have come at home. With the defense having their hands full this week, the Crusaders offense is going to have to find a way to score some points. Quarterback Cameron Smith and running back Christian Paquian need to keep moving those chains and sustain drives to keep the ball out of Otay Ranch's hands. A good offense can also be a good defense. You can see highlights of this game this Friday night on the Prep Pigskin Report on KUSI.