Kearny Komets 55, San Ysidro Cougars 10
The Kearny Komets (1-0) cruised south and toppled San Ysidro, 55-10, in the 2015 season opener.
After the Cougars (0-1) went three-and-out on their first possession, the first touch of the ball for Kearny was taken 50 yards for a touchdown on a punt return by Senior Takoda Browne for an early 7-0 lead.
San Ysidro’s offense struggled early unable to get a first down on their first three offensive drives while Kearny capitalized getting out to an early 19-0 lead halfway through the first quarter.
On the second play of their second possession, Kearny QB Lerone Randle threw a deep ball on the money to Bryan Le for a 44-yard touchdown. On their following drive, after an interception by Frank Galloway III, Takoda Browne scored his second special teams touchdown, this time, on a fake field goal scurrying right while getting a couple blocks to free him for a 21-yard touchdown.
San Ysidro cut into the deficit with a nine play, 61-yard touchdown drive before the end of the first quarter to make the score 19-7. Running Back Armando Varela capped off the drive with a three-yard touchdown run off the left side. The senior back was the only bright spot for the Cougars rushing for more than 100 yards on the day.
After a successful 36-yard field goal by Cougar Kicker Daniel Hernandez, to make the score 19-10, the Komets offense kicked it into gear scoring on a 49-yard run by RB Frank Galloway III and a 52-yard connection from Randle to Senior WR Damontae Hill to give the Komets a commanding 34-10 lead right before the half.
The Cougars turned the ball over on their first possession in the second half to have Kearny, once again, capitalize with a little trickery on a toss-pass from WR Takoda Browne to WR Don Juan Linton.
The tide was too rough to turn for the Cougars as they couldn’t get anything going offensively in the second half.
First year Varsity Head Coach Will Gray got a great start to his career with a win and will look to carry the momentum in to Week 2 as he gets his first shot in front of the home crowd to take on Santana (1-0).
San Ysidro and first year Head Coach Bobby Hatchett will look to rebound Week 2 as they travel to Southwest of El Centro (1-0).
The San Ysidro football program welcomes first year Head Coach Will Gray and the Kearny Komets to Cougar Nation in a Div. IV non conference season opener.
The Cougars, out of the Metro Pacific, will also introduce their first year Head Coach Bobby Hatchett as he looks to lead San Ysidro to their first winning season in the school’s 11-year varsity history. San Ysidro aims to change the tide and bring a winning tradition to the football program after going 3-7 in their last two seasons.
Coach Gray and the Komets are also in hope of a winning record this season after combining for three wins in their last three seasons. Gray replaces former Head Coach Kenny Nears after his five-year reign coaching his best season in 2011 with an 8-3 record; which was Kearny’s best record in the last decade. The Komets cruised through Cougar territory to open the 2013 season with a 50-36 win, their only win that season. The history between the two programs has each school beating each other once, but the history to be made could be significant as one of the first year head coaches, Gray or Hatchett, will start their career with their respected program with a win.
Kick-off is at 7 P.M in San Ysidro but if you can’t make it down South for the game, catch these highlights and more on KUSI at 10:30 P.M on the Prep Pigskin Report.