They entered undefeated in league and they stood with an 8-2 overall record, but they left the regular season disappointed with the end results. The Francis Parker Lancers pulled off the upset against the first place Maranatha Christian Eagles with a final score of 28-13.
Francis Parker came out of the gates ready to play. Not only would they score on their first two drives, but managed to keep the Eagles scoreless throughout the first quarter. By early in the second, the Lancers built a 21-0 lead when quarterback Ryan Sanborn ran it in on a perfectly executed fake field goal run.
Throughout the entire night, the junior captain was the antagonist of this Maranatha nightmare. Sanborn torched the Eagles both on offense and defense. He finished the night with two touchdowns on the ground and one through the air. Sanborn topped that off with two interceptions on defense.
Concern and frustration grew throughout the home field bleachers as they couldn’t recognize dominant football team they were accustomed to seeing. Maranatha looked like the inferior team throughout the first half. Turnovers, sacks, and series of punts made it seem like they had been the underdog. In the end, they couldn’t overcome their mistakes.
Francis Parker makes it’s exit from the 2017 season now with a victory. Maranatha Christian however, will be stepping into the playoffs as the fifth seed. They’ll face Classical Academy in round one of the playoffs. You know the PPR will bring you coverage of the playoffs next week, so be sure to tune in to get your highlights of the playoffs
This week 10 Pacific League matchup takes us to Maranatha Christian High school where the Eagles will host the Francis Parker Lancers. The Eagles (6-2) will be defending not just home field, but their perfect record in league that stands at 3-0. Lancers (2-7), are second to last in the league standings just ahead of Escondido Charter.
Francis Parker is a clear underdog in this game. They’re riding a three-game winning streak and have just one road win on the entire season. One bright spot in their lineup is junior running back Ryan Sanbor. He’s racked up 585 running yards and has seen majority of the workload in the backfield with 585 carries.
On defense, he’d proven to be just as productive. He has the second most tackles with 43 and another 47 assist tackles to go with it.
As good as Sanbor has shown to be, Friday will show how much of an impact his efforts will have on Marantha Christians strong offense.
The Lancers are a dangerous threat with plenty of capable players. Quarterback Nick Glenn has had plenty of success this season, accruing 1336 passing yards, 15 touchdowns, and a .576 completion percentage. Complimenting numbers are receivers James Shannon and Logan Godwin, who have accumulated 501 and 434 yards respectively.
The matchup between the teams begins at 7:00 p.m. To see your recap of game’s highlight make sure to tune in Friday night to the Prep Pigskin Report as Papa Pig and the rest of the PPR gang recap the best of Friday night football. Only on KUSI.