Week 10: Otay Ranch Mustangs 34, Mater Dei Crusaders 0
Otay Ranch rises to the occasion on Senior Night blanking Mater Dei, 34-0, for their second shutout of the season.
The Mustangs’ first two drives both eclipsed 90 yards.
Their first possession took 16 plays and went 93 yards as Jonte “Puka” Stewart hit Marwan “Boogie” Phillips for a five-yard touchdown.
The second drive totaled 92 yards as Rayne Llaneta scored from 10 yards out on the tenth play of the possession.
Seniors Stewart and Noah Isley went out in style in their last home game.
Stewart proved his dual-threat ability can give any defense problems doing it with both his feet and arm. Out of three exceptional plays on the night from Stewart, his best was a 45-yard touchdown that didn’t count due to a penalty. He literally went through the whole Crusader defense to score, a play that would have gone down as one of the craftiest in school history.
Once again, Isley did it both rushing and receiving as he had more than 100 scrimmage yards (92 rush, 38 receiving) on the first two drives of the game.
The Mustangs’ defense and special teams were able to capitalize on Crusader errors.
Early in the third quarter, Mater Dei punted one off the back of a Crusader helmet, and Otay Ranch scooped and scored to extend the lead, 21-0.
David Havoka had two interceptions on the night. His second went for a 55-yard touchdown to put the nail in the coffin.
Otay Ranch will defend the Metro-Mesa title as they take on Eastlake for the last regular season game.
Otay Ranch (5-3) seniors Jonte Stewart and Noah Isley will look to lead a group of upperclassmen past Mater Dei (3-6) on Senior night.
After winning their first two league games by double digits, the Mustangs are on the verge of winning back-to-back Metro-Mesa League Championships.
The combination of Stewart and Isley provide the power on offense as they account for 1,130 of the teams 1,286 rushing yards (88 percent).
The Mustang defense is also led by a pair of seniors. Linebacker Miguel Felix leads the team with 83 tackles and Dylan Zolezzi is second with 78 tackles.
While Otay Ranch has a handful of seniors to rely on, the opposite can be said for Mater Dei as the Crusaders roster more than a dozen sophomores.
Michael Harrington, a sophomore, is shaping up to be one of Mater Dei’s best linebackers under the 10-year reign of head coach John Joyner.
The shining star, offensively, for the Crusaders is running back Aiden Calvert, who is a threat to score every time he touches the ball. Coach Joyner finds new ways every week to get the ball in Calvert’s hands.
Watch out for the sophomore tandem of quarterback Trevor Appelman and tight end CJ De Vault, who have built rapport as the season has progressed.
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