El Camino 47, Fallbrook 7
A game that looked to have potential for a balanced match-up proved to be just the opposite as the El Camino Wildcats (3-1) rolled over the Fallbrook Warriors (3-2) Friday night in Fallbrook.
Leading up to kickoff, the Warriors and their fans celebrated the grand opening of the school’s newly completed press box, which had been sought for years. That would be the highlight of the night for the home crowd, which watched El Camino jump to a 47-0 lead before the Warriors could muster a single touchdown late in the game.
Wildcats quarterback Sergio Lopez hit two receivers for touchdowns — Anthony Taele in the first quarter to give El Camino a 10-0 lead and later Eric Wilson in the third quarter to expand the lead to 27-0. Lopez also ran the ball into the end zone himself twice. Though he threw one interception — snagged by Fallbrook’s Oscar Ruvalcaba early in the second quarter — Fallbrook was unable to advance from deep in its own territory to make anything from the turnover.
That’s how the Warriors’ night went, with chances provided but almost nothing capitalized on. While Fallbrook’s top halfback, Roberto Ramirez, was able to make the game-time roster after suffering an injury in Week 4, another of the Warriors’ steadfast rushers, Alex Acosta, was still hurt after also suffering injury a week earlier and was inactive. The loss marks two straight weeks in which the Warriors failed to score at least 10 points after scoring 42, 55 and 55 points in their first three games. El Camino has now won three straight, and has allowed progressively fewer points with each game this season; the team allowed 38 against Point Loma in Week 1, followed by 27 against Mira Mesa, 14 against Poway and now 7 against Fallbrook.
Fallbrook will have time to regroup with its bye next week, but will follow the Friday off with a home Valley League game against the Escondido Cougars (0-5) on Oct. 10 in Week 7. El Camino will next face the non-league San Pasqual Golden Eagles (0-4) at home on Oct. 3 in Week 6.