Classical Academy Caimans 29, Maranatha Christian Eagles 14
The Classical Academy Caimans were able to handle business out in Valley Center on Friday night, beating the Maranatha Christian Eagles 29-14.
It was all Caimans in the first quarter on both sides of the ball. The defense didn’t allow a first down through the first 12 minutes. The offense was able to get the ball up the field fairly easily thanks to senior running back Luke Myzel.
Myzel found the end zone on a 46-yard run, and the Caimans were able to tack on a field goal on their following possession to take a 10-0 lead into the second quarter.
Maranatha Christian’s offense began to find a bit of a groove in the second quarter. A couple of big runs from sophomore tailback Isaac Stone put the Eagles into Caimans’ territory. Classical Academy’s defense had the Eagles on 4th down, but a hard count from the quarterback caught them offside.
That mistake by the Caimans’ defense kept Maranatha Christian’s drive going, and Stone was able to capitalize. He scored on a run from eight yards out to cut Classical Academy’s lead to 10-6.
Classical Academy took the momentum right back, as senior quarterback James Duncan found senior wide out Brendan Archibeck for a 39-yard touchdown pass to take a 16-6 lead into halftime.
The Caimans’ Duncan was able to find senior wide out MaxiMus Brown for his second touchdown pass of the day into the third quarter to take a 22-6 lead.
Maranatha Christian made things interesting in the fourth. With about five minutes to go, sophomore quarterback Joshua Young found Stone on a screen pass. He took it 41 yards to the house, and also completed the 2-point conversion to make it a one-possession game at 22-14.
The Eagles’ defense wasn’t able to stop the Caimans’ on their following possession though. After a long run from Myzel, Duncan found Archibeck again for a 33-yard touchdown pass to put this one away.
Maranatha Christian falls to 1-4 on the year, and will play La Jolla Country Day at home next week. Classical Academy improves to 3-2 this season, and will take on Tri-City Christian next Friday.
PREVIEW – We’re onto week six in high school football action, and this Friday we have the Classical Academy Caimans (2-2) taking on the Maranatha Christian Eagles (1-3) at Valley Center high school.
Maranatha Christian is coming off their first win of the season, and will look to build on that momentum this week against the Caimans.
As it has been for this season so far, the Eagles did it through the air. Senior quarterback Patrick Collins threw for 183 yards and a touchdown. Last week, senior wide out Josh Simpson had more than half of Collins’ yards at 97. Look for the pair to continue to show their chemistry together this Friday. Simpson has 15 catches for 227 yards so far this year.
Simpson also does his thing on the defensive side of the ball. He leads the team in tackles at 31, and also has three tackles for loss on the season. His tight end running partner, Bennett Volek, also helps him out on defense. Volek has 14 tackles on the year, in addition to leading the team with two sacks.
Classical Academy has had an up-and-down start to this season. They’ve alternated each week with a win and a loss, including losing a close 19-18 game to Mar Vista in the first game of the year.
However, the team is coming off of a big 49-18 win over O’Farrell Charter. The Caimans are hoping the offensive explosion can carry over to this week against Classical Academy.
Senior quarterback James Duncan is a do-it-all for the Caimans, as he has thrown for 742 yards and 10 touchdowns. Duncan also leads the team in rushing with 139 yards and a touchdown.
His two top wide receivers, seniors MaxiMus Brown and Brendan Archibeck, have 275 and 269 yards on the year, respectively. Archibeck leads the team with four touchdowns, while Brown is tied for second at two.
Defensively, senior linebacker Blake Thomas is all over the field. He leads the team in both tackles (24) and sacks (3.0). Brown also does his part on the defensive side of the ball. He’s tops on the squad with three interceptions on the year.
Last year’s matchup between these two teams ended in a 37-0 blowout win for Classical Academy, so Maranatha Christian will be looking for some revenge come Friday night.
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