Scripps Ranch Falcons 62, Mission Bay Buccaneers 21
The Scripps Ranch Falcons put on an incredible performance for their family, friends, and fans in attendance on Senior Night. They hosted the Mission Bay Buccaneers, who were aiming for their first win of the season, but it was the Falcons who came out on top with a commanding 62-21 victory.
The player of the game would have to be Scripps Ranch senior wide receiver Keith Davis, who scored six touchdowns on the night. These included four receptions, one rushing TD, and an interception that Davis returned for the score. The Falcons played exceptionally well on both offense and defense, scoring the most points they’ve scored in a single game all season, while holding the Buccaneers to just three TDs.
The Falcons got on the scoreboard first when senior QB Daniel Cox connected with Davis for a 5-yard TD, followed by a 53-yard TD pass again from Cox to Keith. Senior running back Joseph Kabandauli then followed that up with a 6-yard TD run to put the Falcons up 21-0.
Despite the high margin of victory for Scripps Ranch, Mission Bay must be commended for putting up a strong fight early in the game. When Kabandauli scored Scripps Ranch’s third TD in the first quarter, Mission Bay responded with a touchdown of their own. Junior QB Nick Tropio ran it in 55 yards to put the Buccaneers on the board, and then found the open hands of sophomore wide receiver Evan Aguon to bring the score to 21-14 Falcons. Next up, Tropio kept it coming by finding junior running back Anthony Armstrong for a 10-yard TD pass that brought the score to a 21-21 tie.
The Buccaneers’ resilience in the second quarter to come back and tie the game was impressive, but the Falcons came out even stronger in the second half, and quickly pulled away. With tonight’s win, the Falcons’ record improves to 2-8 overall and 1-3 in league. Meanwhile the Buccaneers fall to 0-10 on the season and 0-4 in league. It will be a clean slate for both teams next season, as they look to learn from the experience this year and start fresh.
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PREVIEW: Week 11 of the Prep Pigskin Report takes us to Scripps Ranch High School, where the Falcons will take on the Mission Bay Buccaneers in their final home game of the regular season. Both teams will battle to finish out the season strong, as the Falcons and Buccaneers have each struggled to put points on the board in recent games. Expect to see grit from the Buccaneers, who will strive to get one win before their season draws to a close, this Friday marking that final opportunity.
The Falcons, led by head coach Marlon Gardinera, claim a 1-8 overall record and a 0-3 record in the Eastern League. They have faced tough league opponents including Lincoln and Christian, who boast strong talent on both sides of the ball and consistency game in and game out. The Falcons have a large roster of about 50, but the players are still working to find a rhythm with each other. Senior quarterback Daniel Cox has thrown 1,030 yards for six touchdowns this season, and he will look to improve those numbers this Friday. Wide receiver Keith Davis has 612 receiving yards, so Cox will look to find Davis deep. The Falcons must also rely heavily on their defense to bring its A-game, as they look to get the W at home.
The Buccaneers, led by first-year head coach Kenny Nears, are looking to snap a nine-game losing streak, including a 0-3 league record. Mission Bay began the season with 34 players, but have lost 10 players to injuries while another five players have quit. The difficult games have taken a toll both physically and most certainly mentally, as the Buccaneers have lost the past four games by a combined score of 202-33. This Friday, it will be up to the offense to capitalize on scoring opportunities, while the defense must make stops in the red zone and prevent the opponent from scoring so many touchdowns. In this final week, the Buccaneers are looking to finish their season in confidence with a win on Friday night. From there, the Buccaneers will look to start fresh next season with a clean slate and a new game plan.
Kickoff is set for 6:30pm. Make sure to tune in to the Prep Pigskin Report this Friday at 10:30pm on KUSI for recaps and highlights of this game and more throughout the county, and be sure to follow @RedJacketArmy on Instagram and Twitter.