At the end of a seesaw fourth quarter featuring four lead changes, Christian's Justin Roehl deflected a fourth down pass from Point Loma's Kyle Grady to give the Patriots a 44-37 win in the El Cajon Ford East County Game of the Week.
Christian (8-2) got off to a hot start, creating turnovers and converting on the other end. Jesse Matthews ended the first drive of the game for Point Loma (6-4) with an interception, then caught a toe-tapping 15-yard touchdown pass from Brad Jeremiah for a 7-0 lead.
After a 1-yard plunge from the Pointers' Josh Ball tied it at 7 at the end of the first quarter, Jeremiah hit Alonzo Richardson for a 61-yard score and then connected from 28 yards to Alex Gonzalez to put the Patriots up 21-7. Grady finished a drive with another 1-yard score, and Andy Medina hit a 28-yard field goal for Point Loma to make the gap just 21-17 at the half.
Jeremiah and Matthews teamed up again for a 7-yarder in the third quarter, but Ball responded by rumbling in from 30 yards out. And he opened the fourth quarter with a 4-yard score to give the Pointers their first lead of the game, 30-28.
The big plays kept coming for the Patriots, with Gonzalez taking a pass in the flat and sprinting 71 yards to the endzone to take back the lead. But Ball kept the Point Loma offense churning, powering in for an 8-yard score to put the Pointers back on top by one, 37-36.
Jeremiah marched the Patriots to the Point Loma 19, where he took a snap and immediately felt heavy pressure. Just before getting hit, he lofted the ball to Matthews for yet another go-ahead score. All told, Jeremiah completed 19 of his 27 passes, for 439 yards and 6 touchdowns -- this one giving Christian a 44-37 lead.
The Pointers made it back to the Patriot 19, facing fourth and 13 with 34 ticks left on the clock. But Roehl's deflection ended their comeback bid, sealing the win for Christian.
PREVIEW: Western League meets Eastern League, as the #10 Point Loma Pointers (6-3, 3-1) travel to El Cajon Valley to take on the Christian Patriots (7-2, 3-1) in the regular season finale of the El Cajon Ford East County Game of the Week.
While both sides have finished their respective league slates, this contest has plenty of playoff seeding implications. Point Loma ranks ninth in the Division I standings, just behind St. Augustine and ahead of Grossmont. In their current slot, they would be the top seed in the Division I bracket; if they manage to move up to eighth or higher, they would earn a spot in the Open Division.
Kyle Grady pulls the strings on offense for the Pointers, who overcame an 0-2 start with a 6-1 streak. They've scored over 34 points a game during that stretch, capped off by wins over Madison and Cathedral the past two weeks.
The Patriots are coming off a 59-19 win over Scripps Ranch. Javier Jimenez turned 7 carries into 88 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Brad Jeremiah completed 14 of 15 passes for 350 yards and 3 scores of his own.
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