Spartans Snatch Victory From Barons In Fourth Quarter Rally
Tonight was a true battle in the South Bay and the end could not have been predicted by anyone, but comebacks are what makes sports so unpredictable and great.
Starting off the first quarter, Bonita Vista’s Kevin Rozar rushes in for a 3-yard touchdown, with the PAT no good. Barons are the first on the board 6-0. There would be no more big plays or points added by either team in the first quarter.
Second quarter Chula Vista starts to fight back. With a few plays in action and no where to go but a field goal, kicker Issac Gardner goes for a 27 yard field goal. Score 6-3 Barons. The Barons got the ball back with the kick return and was able to gain some yardage, but Chula Vista stopped them. At 1st and 10, the Spartans would fumble, with the recovery by Barons own Joseph Cantwell. He would go for 52 yards and even add on a touchdown. One extra point was not good enough, so Barons went in for the 2-point conversion. Barons still lead 14-3 entering halftime.
Going into the third quarter, Chula Vista’s super star quarterback Darrion Hamilton would pass to Justin Cantwell for a 15 yard touchdown. Chula Vista was still down 21-9.
The fourth quarter is where the comeback story came to life. Darrion Hamilton would again throw to Justin Cantwell for a 6 yard touchdown pass, and decided to go for not one but two extra points. Two point conversion is good. 21-17, Bonita Vista still holding the lead. With just two minutes left, Chula Vista would intercept Bonita Vista. This would then set up Chula Vista’s comeback victory with less than 45 seconds on the clock. Darrion Hamilton was frantic and looking for an open man, but decided to run it in himself! CHULA VISTA SPARTANS SNATCH IT FROM THE BARONS!
Both teams fought hard, but Chula Vista took the win. Chula Vista is now (3-2), while Bonita Vista still has yet to get a victory and are now (0-5). Turn in next week as Chula Vista takes on Eastlake in any away match, and Bonita Vista has a bye. Next matchup for Bonita Vista will be against fellow South Bay Olympian the following week.
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Week 5 of the nation’s number one high school football show takes us down to the South Bay, where the Chula Vista Spartans will be taking on the Bonita Vista Barons for a non-conference matchup. Bonita Vista is still looking for their first win, holding a record of (0-4) whereas Chula Vista holds an even record slate of (2-2) and are looking for their third straight victory after last weeks 27-6 win against Castle Park and week three’s 15-6 upset win against Morse.
The last time the two team faced each other was back on October 30, 2015, where the Spartans lost 47-17 to the Barons.
Chula Vista, who has had an even slate of wins and losses so far this season, is looking to improve in strength, physically and mentally, since their 5-6 record last season. Coach Howard Bannister is proud of his team so far this season and says, “The plan is to always continue to get better. It is a new system for both sides of the ball and the boys like the challenge.” When asked about this week’s game, he says that Bonita Vista is not to be underestimated. “Although Bonita Vista has not won a game this season, that does not mean they are a bad team. They have one of the toughest schedules in all of San Diego high school football, we are not to underestimate them. They are a talented, tough Division 1 school, whereas we are Division 4, so this week it will not be easy.”
In the past four games, the Bonita Vista Barons have only been able to get a total of 13 points on the board; 7 in week one and 6 in week three. No matter how hard they try, Bonita Vista can not seem to catch a break and grab a W. Although the Barons lost almost two dozen seniors last season, the team and first season Barons head coach Aaron Jones start each week fresh and should not be forgotten. The team hands down has one of the toughest schedules in the county, playing against other top schools such as Helix, Madison, and Olympian. Having a hard schedule is tough, but the team is talented and they are not giving up until they win a few battles. From Madison assistant coach to now first year head coach at Bonita Vista, Jones, says "although it has been a smooth transition, it has been tough not getting a victory, but I am not giving up and neither are the boys. Sometimes you have to play big teams and face hard battles, that is sports for you. We are working on our confidence and only going uphill from here."
From the Spartans side, three players to watch during this weeks matchup are quarterback Darrion Hamilton (Sr), running back Victor Agraz (Sr) and sophomore Kajahan Duncan, who have a combine total of 719 rushing yards in the past four games.
Respectively from the Bonita Vista side, some key players to keep an eye on are defensive back Raymond Terrones and 6 foot 3, 275 pound outside linebacker Diego Vasquez. With Vasquez being the only returner starter, he feels responsible for guiding his team on and off the turf, not only as a leader, but a mentor.
Will the Barons take their second win against the Spartans , or will the Spartans even out the record between the two teams?
Kickoff is at 7pm at Southwestern College in Chula Vista.
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