Week 9: San Diego Jewish Academy Lions 72, Calvary Christian Royal Knights 6
It was a special afternoon at the San Diego Jewish Academy, as the Lions donned pink socks for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and celebrated their seven senior players’ final home game.
The seniors went out in fine fashion, as the Lions’ thrashed the visiting Calvary Christian Knights, 72-6.
Ilan Leisorek made sure to put a stamp on his final home game for SDJA, as he collected three first-half touchdowns and an interception on defense.
Leisorek’s impressive grab in the corner of the end zone opened the scoring for the Lions.
Later in the quarter, the athletic playmaker laid out for a diving interception. Two plays later, he caught a short pass and weaved around the entire Calvary Christian defense for a 36-yard touchdown to make the score 21-0.
Calvary Christian entered the game shorthanded, and with only nine players available for this 8-on-8 matchup, their team battled fatigue for most of the game.
However, the Knights’ two talented brothers, Malachi and Michael Chapman, connected on a nice 47-yard touchdown pass to give their team some hope at the start of the second quarter. Michael beat the cornerback on a deep route, caught the ball in stride, and it was only green grass in front of him as he scampered past the Lions’ defense.
But because the Lions had a much larger roster, the Knights struggled to keep up with the energized SDJA units on defense, offense, and even special teams.
On the kickoff following Chapman’s touchdown, SDJA sophomore Alejandro Goldstein took it all the way back for an 87-yard touchdown. Later in the second quarter, Goldstein picked off the Calvary Christian pass, which set up another SDJA touchdown on the next play. The Lions led 49-6 at the break.
In the second half, SDJA would tack on a few more touchdowns, and a running clock helped to speed up the process of an easy Lions’ victory.
The San Diego Jewish Academy improved
to 3-2, and they now turn their focus towards an important league game at Julian next week. Calvary Christian drops to 4-3 after the tough loss, but they’ll look to rebound at home against West Shores next Friday.
The San Diego Jewish Academy Lions will host the Calvary Christian Royal Knights on Friday afternoon. The league matchup is set to be a big opportunity for both teams to rebound after faltering in recent weeks.
After a hot start to their season, SDJA has hit some roadblocks in their last two games. Difficult losses against Foothills Christian (53-14) and Calvin Christian (16-10) put the Lions at 2-2 midway through their 2018 campaign.
If the Lions want to enjoy the thrill of victory again, they’ll need to reestablish the strong defensive play shown in their first two games, in which they allowed only 12 points in each contest.
Quarterback Isaac Rosen and running back Moises Kanarek proved their abilities as major playmakers for the offense, and they’ll need a few big moments to outlast a high-powered Calvary Christian attack.
The visiting Calvary Christian Royal Knights enter Week 9 with a record of 4-2, and they are equally hungry to return to their winning ways. Despite their respectable record, the Knights have not won since mid-September. After a bye week, an unpleasant 68-0 loss to Foothills Christian, and a loss to Julian by forfeiture, this team is eager to earn another win.
The Knights’ roster is headlined by running back Josiah Carlos and the dynamic partnership of brothers, Malachi and Michael Chapman. Look for Carlos to make a splash in the ground game and cause problems as a pass rusher on defense, as well.
Naturally, Malachi, the junior quarterback, has formed a strong connection with sophomore wideout Michael. The two have consistently linked up for big touchdowns throughout the season, and fans can expect more of the same in Week 8.
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