La Jolla High Vikings 46, Kearny Komets 0
The La Jolla High Vikings (4-5) put the clamp on the Kearny Komets (2-6) offense Friday night en route to their second shutout in consecutive weeks with a 46-0 victory. The Vikings came out of the gates quickly, striking early and often, leading 33-0 at the half.
After forcing a punt on Kearny’s first offensive possession, a bad snap set up La Jolla with a 1st and Goal at the four yard line. It only took one play as Yohann Ponsaty put the Vikings up 7-0 with 10:00 minutes left to play in the first quarter. After forcing another punt on the next possession, the Vikings were forced to settle for a 21 yard field goal by Tai Nguyen. On the ensuing kickoff, La Jolla recovered a Kearny fumble, and scored again two plays later as quarterback Cole Dimich ran it in from three yards out, and the Vikings would lead at the end of the first quarter, 17-0. In the second quarter, La Jolla would stop Kearny on a 4th down, Daniel McColl would score the first of his two touchdowns halfway through the second, pounding his way into the end zone from the three yard line.
In the second half, the Vikings continued their domination, intercepting the Komets on the their first possession of the second half. Dimich would connect with Nick Hammel for a 15 yard gain, setting up the second of McColl’s touchdowns, this time from the 16 yard line. After getting the football in great field position yet again, Dimich would find Tanner Watson for a 15 yard gain, setting up an Alex Dockery 17 yard scoring run. By the end of the third, La Jolla would lead by the final margin, 46-0. And just to show how successful the Vikings played, they would down a punt at the one yard line on the first play of the final quarter.
Looking ahead to next week, the Komets will host Crawford (3-5) for their final home game of the regular season. As for La Jolla, they will look to keep the momentum rolling into Week 10 as they host University City (4-4) before finishing their regular season schedule on the road at Hoover.
PREVIEW: Kearny (2-5) and La Jolla High (3-5) will each play their last non-conference game as the Komets host the Vikings on Friday night. Kearny is .500 in their respective Central League after losing a tough game to Clairemont a week ago by a mere seven points. As for La Jolla, following a heartbreaking two point loss to City League opponent Patrick Henry, the Vikings rallied to shut out Serra last week 32-0, and even their conference record as well.
The Kearny Komets are led by a one man wrecking machine in Junior running back Brenton Bell. (Stats are not included from last weeks loss to Clairemont). Averaging over 100 yards per game on the ground, Bell has carried the football a total of 112 times for 646 yards and four touchdowns. Sophomore quarterback Kenyon Williams has thrown for 673 yards and five touchdowns on the year, completing the majority of his passes to Senior receiver DJ Linton (22 receptions, 250 yards, one touchdown). Meanwhile, Sophomore Devon Jones and Senior Treshaun Gray combine for 20 catches, 306 yards and the four other receiving touchdowns. Defensively, Senior end Levi Olumani leads an aggressive defense with team highs in total tackles (47), tackles for loss (12), and sacks (7). Bell also roams the secondary for the Komets, and has proven to be a ball hawk with three interceptions and three pass deflections.
La Jolla High is led by Senior quarterback Cole Dimich. Last week, Dimich posted one of his best games through the air, going 10-17 for 162 yards and a touchdown for a season best Quarterback Rating of 98.8. Dimich was even better on the ground carrying the ball eight times for 145 yards and three rushing touchdowns. Vikings Head Coach Matt Morrison has said before, he likes to get his quarterback involved on the ground early in games, especially given that Dimich is one of the fastest Vikings on the team. Coupled with the big play ability form running back Alex Dockery, and the physical running style of Daniel McColl, this Vikings offense can be dangerous when they stay away from penalties and turnovers. Dockery last week accounted for 11 touches, 135 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns. McColl, who makes his presence felt (literally) from both sides of the ball, leads the Vikings defense from his middle linebacker position. He leads the team in tackles (64 total) and interceptions (2). Senior defensive lineman Ross Martin tends to wreak havoc in opponents backfields with 11 tackles for loss and a team high eight sacks.
With only three games left before the start of playoffs, both teams look to improve their records and possible seedings with a win on Friday night. Kickoff is at 6:30pm from Kearny High School. Be sure to catch all the highlights on the Prep Pigskin Report at 10:30pm, only on KUSI.