Christian Patriots 56, Serra Conquistadors 0
The Christian Patriots (5-2) played for more than their fifth win of the season Friday night. All throughout the stands the letters L-Y-O-N could be seen, honoring the late Jason Lyon. The Patriots were no doubt inspired as they rolled to a 56-0 win over the Serra Conquistadors (0-7).
When the Serra Conquistadors looked at their opponents, the 88 on the side of their helmets should have tipped them off. This night was all about getting a victory in remembrance of #88 Jason Lyon, and the Patriots would have nobody ruin their night.
Its been a long season for Serra, and Friday was another of what has to be tiresome feelings. The offense side of the ball could not get going for the Conquistadors. Throughout the night the special teams unit set the offense up in great field position, but they were all following Patriot TD’s. Christian grew its lead through the chemistry between quarterback David Jeremiah and wide receiver Nick Sexton. The duo had two connections in the first half alone as the Patriots ballooned there lead to 35-0 and never looked back.
On a night filled with special events for the circumstances surrounding the game, the highlight was featured at halftime. While Christian celebrated their homecoming and honored Jason Lyon, the student body announced Jason Lyon as their homecoming King. The late Jason’s Mother, Father, and sister were midfield for the presentation in an emotional scene for all present.
Next week Christian will take its two game win streak to Morse. While the win less Conquistadors will fight for their first win at home against Hoover.
City League play continues Friday night in El Cajon at Granite Hills High School as the Serra Conquistadors (0-6) face the Christian Patriots (4-2). The teams come into the contest off much different emotions. Christian is riding high from its big comeback win after being down 20-7 to Patrick Henry and full of inspiration from their teammate Jason Lyon who is hospitalized after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. While their opponent, the Conquistadors come off a one-sided 41-3 loss to Morse.
A loss to Los Angeles’ Salesian and a game in which the Patriots were without Silver Pigskin Contender running back Adrian Petty is the only thing that stands between Christian and an unblemished record. In his first game back from a hamstring injury Petty racked up 157-yards and 2 TD’s on 21 carries. David Jeremiah, the county’s second leading passer was not the same without Petty and returned to form last week against Henry. Jeremiah found Benjamin Goodwin and second leading receiver in the county Nick Sexton for a combined 262-yards and 2 TD’s on 10 total receptions.
In the first season under controversial Head Coach Sergio Diaz, the Serra Conquistadors are just plain struggling. Whether it be the change in system, the controversy surrounding the head coach, the loss of some of last years stars, the Conquistadors are not clicking. Serra’s Principal Dr. Vincent Mays gave Coach Diaz his deserved “second chance”, but it has resulted in a 0-6 start. Under Tate Forcier as offensive coordinator, quarterback Jack Radley has shown progress but with the Serra defense struggling it hasn’t been enough to show up in the win column. The defense has not given up any less than 41 points this season, and will need to do so Friday against the ground and pound of Adrian Petty and Joey Morones. Christian does have an equally talented passing game, but if Serra can force the Patriot offense to be one dimensional they could turn it into a low-scoring defensive battle.
The match up to look for will be the Patriot defense lead by captain Nate Cazares against Serra’s offensive line. Nate was a constant force against Henry last week with 15 tackles, 6 for a loss of yards, and added 2 sacks. If Cazares can disrupt the Serra offense and the Patriots own offense continues to click, it could be a long day for the Conquistadors out East.