Patrick Henry 41, Mission Bay 14
The Mission Bay Buccaneers came into this week freshly off a bye week. The Patrick Henry Patriots have had an early roller coaster season with a (1-2) record. As the game started, Mission Bay came out with energy and emotion. The Buccaneer defense was able to force two punts on Patrick Henry after sacking quarterback Cruz Samaniego. Mission Bay’s strong run game began to take over. The Buccaneers had a revamped offense off the bye week with usual running back Derrick Clark lining up as the teams quarterback. Mission Bay’s option style offense ended the drive with 64 rushing yards which included a two yard quarterback keeper for a touchdown. Mission Bay forced another punt in which they were given great field position starting from the Patrick Henry side of the field. This is where Mission Bay’s emotions began to run to high.
Mission Bay began to commit multiple penalties throughout the drive which led to a Mission Bay punt. Starting from their own 20 yard line, Cruz Samaniego hit junior wide receiver Dezmon Patmon for an 80 yard touchdown bomb. This is where the momentum shifted that carried on the entire game. Mission Bay was penalized for an unsportsmanlike conduct which pinned them back in their own end zone allowing Patrick Henry to start from Mission Bay’s 43 yard line. A couple plays later Samaniego connected once again on a wide receiver screen with Dezmon Patmon measuring 35 yards. Mission Bay started to drive the ball after a 43 yard run by Derrick Clark. This same drive was capped off by a Derrick Clark fumble that was recovered by corner Brandon Brooks who returned the ball 79 yards for the score. At 20-7, Patrick Henry looked to have full control of this game. The onslaught of Patrick Henry’s passing game continued and led them to a 41-14 win.
Besides Cruz Samaniego’s impressive night (9-15 269 yards 5 TD’s), the story of the game was Mission Bay’s repeated penalties erased 14 points from the score board. Crucial unsportsmanlike conduct penalties served as drive killers and wasted great field position Mission Bay could have capitalized on. Mission Bay drops to (1-2) and Patrick Henry evens up on the season at (2-2).