Week 11: Olympian Eagles 47, Bonita Vista Barons 7

Another CIF season is in the books for two Metro-Mesa League programs, as the Olympian Eagles won their Week 11 matchup with the Bonita Vista Barons, 47-7.

The teams came into tonight nursing matching 2-7 records, but one of Olympian’s best offensive nights on the season saw the Eagles jump out to an early lead and never look back.

Olympian was expected to lean heavily on their defense, as they have for most of the season. True to form, the Eagles pulled in an interception on the first Baron possession. They proceeded to drive down the field, punctuated by a 3-yard rushing touchdown by Blake Yamomoto.

It was just the first of Yamomoto’s three rushing touchdowns, all in the first half. By the time the halftime horn sounded, the Eagles already carried a commanding 24-0 lead.

Fans in attendance would then be treated to back-to-back drives ending in 35-yard passing touchdowns.

The first, a lob from Bonita Vista’s Saiyvionn Williams to Raymond Terrones to bring the score to 34-7. It would be the only Bonita Vista score on the night.

The second 35-yard strike manifested itself in a beautiful pass from Olympian’s Lukas Hamillton to Damarian Thornton. This marked the second such touchdown completion between the two on the night and brought the score to 41-7.

Finally, a 75-yard rushing touchdown from Kalehn Newson sealed the deal, and the Eagles were able to finish off the season on an exceptionally high note.

One final “cool” moment of the night was when senior defensive lineman Cole Snelling came into the game with just 3:19 left in the 4th Quarter.

Snelling is autistic, but this doesn’t stop him from being a fearsome presence on the defensive line.

Cole routinely closes games out for the Eagles and enters every game to the entire (and very sizeable) Olympian crowd chanting his name. The clock ran out to cries of “just one more play for Cole,” and it was easy to see the pride the crowd took in Snelling’s play week in and week out.

Bonita Vista fought hard throughout the game, but the Olympian defense was physical and relentless. In fact, it seemed like the hardest hits the defense made continued deep into the 4th quarter. Bonita Vista showed exceptional promise on offense, but every positive play was met with a multitude of Eagles defenders, and those that didn’t were often called back due to penalties.

In fact, penalties were a much bigger part of this game than either team would have liked. There were at least six unsportsmanlike conduct penalties between the squads. Several more penalties, owed to nothing more than the youth and inexperience of each squad, brought back some of the more eye-catching offensive plays of the night.

Both programs can take a lot of positives away from this season.

Each team graduated a number of seniors last year and utilized more inexperienced players than their opponents. Not only that, but these squads faced some of the very best that San Diego Section has to offer.

At the end of the day, both of these programs have the young athleticism that they’ll need to once again be powerhouse programs and will be some of the most interesting teams to watch next season.

Our coverage of San Diego Section football doesn’t stop here, however. Catch our playoffs coverage on KUSI’s Prep Pigskin Report, Friday at 11 p.m.


Preview

As the end of October rushes towards us, it’s incredible to think this CIF San Diego Section season is finally ending. The final week of regular season competition is here, and with it, another great Metro-Mesa League matchup. This time, the Bonita Vista Barons take on the Olympian Eagles in a Southwestern College neutral-field contest.

Each team brings a 2-7 record into the game and are fresh off difficult losses in their last performances. That said, each week is a new week, and these teams will have an opportunity to end the season on a positive note.

This was slated to be a difficult season for both teams, and that was known from the very get-go. Olympian graduated thirty-two seniors last year. Bonita Vista graduated twenty-two. On top of that, both teams were unlucky enough to play some of the top competition in the section this year. One can’t help but realize the records don’t tell the full story of these teams.

The young talent amongst these rosters is remarkable.

Bonita Vista has seen sophomore running back Saiyvionn Williams and junior receiver Roland Cota provide a massive spark in their wins this season. Cota has been especially productive, compiling impressive rushing and receiving yards in each game.

If senior QB Kevin Rozar is firing on all cylinders and can connect with Cota a few times, the Barons stand a great chance at bringing home a positive result.

Bonita Vista was able to take a needed bye week last week after their 49-7 loss to rival Eastlake and should be fresh and ready to go come Friday.

Olympian really had their work cut out for them this season after losing so many seniors. In response, the team has put together an exceptionally solid defense, even if the young offense has some growing pains.

Senior linebacker Jared Desmond is the unquestioned defensive leader, averaging an incredible 15.6 tackles per game, and will spearhead the defense as they try to bring down the Barons.

The Eagles won last year’s contest 54-7, but only time will tell how this year’s edition will conclude. Those planning on attending need only show up at Southwestern College at 7 p.m. this coming Friday. If you can’t make it, catch the final score and highlights from all around San Diego County on KUSI’s Prep Pigskin Report at 11 p.m.

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