The Calvin Christian Crusaders (10-0, 2-0) finished the regular season undefeated with a win over Foothills Christian High School (7-3, 1-1) Friday night, clinching the Ocean League title and securing them a spot in the CIF Division VI Championship game.
Senior quarterback Matt Lafler set the tone for the Crusaders, opening up the game with a 21-yard rushing touchdown.
The Knights answered back with one of their own, returning the kickoff 90-yards down the field by Tony Mroz. Foothills Christian attempted the 2-point conversion, but did not complete the pass. Crusaders led 7-6 with 8:36 left in the first quarter.
Later on in the quarter, Matt Lafler found a gap in the Knights defense, running 58-yards to place the Crusaders within yards of the endzone. This set up a 2-yard touchdown run by Paco Corona to increase Calvin Christians lead 14-6.
To start the second quarter, Matt Lafler found the endzone for his second time of the night with a one-yard rushing touchdown. Several plays later, the Crusaders regained possession of the ball, setting up a Wesley Salzman 70-yard rushing touchdown.
Foothills tried to make a comeback with an 11-yard touchdown run from quarterback Steven Leoncini, but Calvin Christian would finish on top with a 75-24 victory.
The season is over unfortunately for Foothills Christian, but Calvin Christian will play for the CIF Division VI title next Friday. The location for that game is tentatively set at Ramona High School with kickoff at 7:00 p.m.
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PREVIEW: Rivalry week is finally here, but this week’s match-up has a lot more on the line than some friendly competition – it will decide who wins the Ocean (8-man) League and will be also be a game of redemption. The Foothills Christian Knights (7-2, 1-0) will be making their way up North this Friday to take on the undefeated Calvin Christian Crusaders (9-0, 1-0).
Last year, the Crusaders took home the league title, but were upset in the CIF Division VI Championships by the Knights, losing 44-38. Calvin Christian Head Coach Randy Kreglow and his team are hoping to get redemption this Friday, striving to finish the season out undefeated.
However, it’s not going to be an easy feat for the Crusaders. The Knights are also having an unprecedented season, currently sitting on a seven game winning streak. Head Coach Joe Mackey is only in his second season with Foothills Christian, but has turned the program around exponentially. In Coach Mackey’s first season, he was able to lead Foothills Christian to a CIF title game and take home the gold. In retrospect, back in 2014 the Knights finished the season without a win.
Friday’s game will kick off at 6:30 p.m. to decide who will take home the Ocean League title.
There have been no injuries reported for either team, and both are expected to be playing with full, active rosters.
Highlights of this game and 35 others from around San Diego County can be seen on the Emmy-Award winning high school football show "Prep Pigskin Report." Kick off is at 10:30 every Friday night during the fall on KUSI-TV Channel 9/51. Live streaming of the show will also be available on KUSI.com.