Mater Dei Crusaders 42, Bonita Vista Barons 14
An air of excitement followed the Mater Dei Crusaders as they stepped foot onto the field of Southwestern College, the home field of Bonita Vista, Friday night. The Crusaders were able to add another victory to their now seven week win streak, as they defeated the Barons 43-14. With the win Mater Dei advance to an impressive 9-1 record, while a Bonita Vista loss drops them to 1-8.
First quarter opened with some dramatic plays as Bonita Vista was able to gain some momentum early in the game. Barons’ Diego Torres got the ball rolling, sacking the quarterback on the Crusader’s first drive. A Baron defense held their ground, continuing to add pressure to Mater Dei’s offensive. On their first drive, Bonita Vista found themselves a quick four downs, but on the ensuing punt, a BV defender would strip the ball out of Crusader hands, recovering it and resulting in a turnover for the Barons. Making use of their running start, Bonita Vista was able to capitalize on the extra downs as quarterback Anthony Posada would connect with Torres right field and right into the endzone. With the score at 7-0 and Bonita Vista, the Crusaders would not accept the score easily and would quickly find their footing. Mater Dei quarterback Christopher Jones’ long bomb pass would find senior Kyle Moses lonely in the end zone, leaving Mater Dei and Bonita Vista tied 7-7 at the end of the first quarter.
From here, the Crusaders found their momentum, continuously putting points on the board for the duration of the game. Second quarter began with Bonita Vista having possession of the ball, but for only a short time as an errant Baron pass would find its way into the hands of Crusader Kyle Moses who rushes for 12 yards. This sets up Mater Dei in Baron territory, where running back CJ Verdell would tussle through a host of defenders for a 10 yard touchdown. Followed by a PAT from Andres Septian, the score is brought to 14-7 Mater Dei. On the following possession, MD found themselves on fourth down, pressure on to make a first, but Verdell finds a hole open up on the line allowing him to sprint down the center and into the endzone for another touchdown. Score at the half, 21-7 Mater Dei.
Back for the second half of the game, Bonita Vista comes in with high hopes pushing their way down the field on their opening drive to the one yard line. Just when the Bonita Vista band is preparing to play their fight song, the Barons fumble the ball into the end zone where it is then recovered by the Crusader defense. Mater Dei is then able to capitalize on their turnover with yet another beautifully thrown overhead pass from Jones to wide receiver Elijah Shelton who finds the endzone bringing the score to 28-7.
Heading into fourth quarter, Crusader Pierce Jeffreys would slip through the grips of a series of BV defenders, and rush 30 yards for a touchdown. Score, 35-7. Mater Dei’s defense showed their bonafide strength putting pressure on the Baron offense. On the ensuing drive, cornerback Elias Eribez would pick off an interception, resulting in a Crusader turnover. MD was able to put some points on the board one last time as Cameron Smith runs the ball in for a touchdown. The Crusader defense, led by defensive tackle Nicolas Dell’acqua, had four sacks, two interceptions in the game, and continued to keep them off the scoreboard until the weaning moments left of the game. On their final drive, Bonita Vista took their last breath, fighting their way down the field to the 10 in the remaining minute left of the game. It was first and goal with :35 left on the clock when Quentin Frazier found the endzone, putting the final score 42-14.
Mater Dei, currently #1 in the Division 2 rankings, is looking to move up and come out on top as they face their rival, Eastlake, next week. Next up for the Barons is Division 2 Otay Ranch. Be sure to catch next week’s highlights on the Prep Pigskin Report.
PREVIEW: Friday night’s match up will consist of two Chula Vista teams as the Mater Dei Crusaders (6-1) face off with the Bonita Vista Barons (1-6) at Buena Vistas home field, South Western College.
Mater Dei, a favorite in the Division II title picture ranked at #1, is looking to continue their four game win streak coming off an impressive win last week against Castle Park, 41-6. The Crusaders previous wins include a victory against North County powerhouse Mission Hills and a blowout win against Valley Center, with their only loss to Los Angeles team, Hawkins High School. Mater Dei is led offensively by Oregon commit, running back CJ Verdell, who has an impressive 970 yards and 16 TD’s in the season. Combined with quarterback Chris Jones who has 1014 yards and 62 completed passes, the two form a threatening Crusader offense. Mater Dei operates a tough offense balanced by an equally strong defense. Jovan Bayless contributes to the Crusader defense with 54 tackles so far this year.
On the other side of the field is Bonita Vista, who is hoping to find their footing after winning leagues last year. The Barons have seen some tough losses this season, being defeated by Madison, ranked #4 in the San Diego section, and Poway who is #8 in the Division II rankings. Coming off of last weeks loss to Olympian, Bonita Vista hopes to turn their season around. Quarterback Anthony Posada has 82 completed passes this season and 12 touchdowns. Posada often finds senior Robert Cota, who has 23 receptions and 264 yards as well as Keenan Ellis, who has missed a few games but still racks up an impressive 318 yards. Bonita Vista’s key defensive players need to be on their game to stop a strong Crusader offense Friday night.
See the results of the game and catch the highlights on the Prep Pigskin Report at 10:30pm.