Scripps Ranch Falcons 48, Serra Conquistadors 6

Going in to Friday night’s game, both the Scripps Ranch Falcons and the Serra Conquistadors were looking for their first win of the season. It was also Serra head coach Sergio Diaz’ first game back at Scripps Ranch, as a head coach. He had originally coached the Falcons from 2002-2009 and had led them to five playoff appearances. However, unfortunately for Coach Diaz and his Conquistadors, they continue their season on a losing note (0-3) because it was the Scripps Ranch Falcons who were able to fly away with a 48-6 victory on their home turf.

The Falcons won the coin toss but elected to defer and it was a wise choice because they would get the ball back sooner than they thought. Seconds into the game, Serra lost the football and the fumble was recovered by Scripps Ranch. This was the first turnover of the night that proved to be very costly for the Conquistadors. On the first play of the Falcons’ drive, quarterback Zach Pedroza threw a 32 yard pass to set up a 1 yard touchdown run for running back Jordan Batts. Only 43 seconds had gone by in the game and the Falcons were already up 7-0. 

Fast-forward to 15 seconds later and another turnover would result in more points on the scoreboard for Scripps Ranch. This time it was an interception by Cameron Breckenridge that he returned all the way back for a touchdown. Two turnovers in 58 seconds and just like that we had a 14-0 ball game. Then things got interesting.

For a moment it looked like the Serra Conquistadors’ offense was meshing and it looked like they had discovered a running game with their speedy running back Bryan Pratt. Back to back runs by Pratt and the Conquistadors found themselves at the Scripps Ranch 2 yard line. However, the Falcons defense refused to give up despite them having the Conquistadors knocking on their front door. A strong defensive effort resulted in the Falcons blocking Serra’s field goal attempt to keep their 14-0 lead intact.

With 8.8 seconds left in the 1st quarter the Conquistadors were able to record their first touchdown of the season and it was a beauty. A 70-yard catch and run by wide receiver Isaiah Harris gave the Conquistadors a breath of fresh air and after the play was over they looked energized. Their defense kept the momentum going by causing a Scripps Ranch turnover. Defensive back Michael Hardwick had the interception to give his offense the ball back. But in the end, turnovers proved to be Serra’s worst nightmare.

The Falcons continued to capitalize on Serra turnovers and when the game was over the final score had Scripps Ranch winning by a score of 48-6. However, the scoreboard is a bit misleading because the game really turned in to the battle of the turnovers. Both teams had nearly 10 combined interceptions throughout the game and penalties plagued both teams. Therefore, both teams can leave tonight’s game with something to improve on because the Week 4 of the Prep Pigskin Report will be here before they know it.

Next week the Serra Conquistadors will return home to face the Point Loma Pointers.  The Scripps Ranch Falcons will stay home to face the Bonita Vista Barons. Be sure to tune in next week to the KUSI Prep Pigskin Report, San Diego County’s home for prep football highlights and features!  

PREVIEW: This Friday will be the third week of the Prep Pigskin Report and for teams who have yet to record their first win of the season, the phrase “third times the charm” comes into play. One of the schools hoping that Week 3 will be their charmer is the Serra Conquistadors. They travel to Scripps Ranch to face the Scripps Ranch Falcons in hopes of winning their first football game of the season.

New head coach of the Conquistadors Sergio Diaz began the season at Serra, but where was his last head coaching job? The answer to that question is Scripps Ranch High School.  He led Scripps Ranch to five straight playoff appearances from 2005-2009.  He was the head coach of the Falcons from 2002-2009, with a 41-47-1 record. After Scripps Ranch, he went on to work as defensive and offensive coordinators for various high schools throughout San Diego. Then in February 2015, Serra principal Vince Mays came calling.

A rough start to the their season, the Conquistadors have been shutout in their last two performances. In Week 1 they lost to the Lincoln Hornets by a score of 60-0. In Week 2, they lost to the Fallbrook Warriors 47-0.

Now this Friday’s match up is also somewhat of a special homecoming for a man named Tate Forcier. Does that name sound familiar? If it doesn’t, it should. Tate Forcier was a 2008 finalist for the most coveted trophy in high school football, the Prep Pigskin Report’s Silver Pigskin Trophy. Although he did not win the award he played football at the collegiate level with the University of Michigan and had an impressive freshman year. But where did his football career take place before he reached the Big Ten Conference? He was the quarterback for the Scripps Ranch Falcons, where he threw an impressive 61 touchdowns in his career. Now he will be returning to Scripps Ranch on the coaching side with the man that coached him in high school, Sergio Diaz. Tate Forcier brings his experience and knowledge of the game with him to Serra as their offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

As for the Scripps Ranch Falcons, they are coming in to Friday’s game with a 0-1 record. They had a bye week the first week of the season and last week they traveled nearly 500 miles to Livermore, CA to take on the Granada Matadors, where they lost 47-24. Unlike the Conquistadors, the Falcons have not one but two new head coaches this season. Roger Engle and Mikel Moran are sharing head coaching duties for the Scripps Ranch High football program this season and they are also looking for their first win of the season.

Week 3 of the Prep Pigskin Report showcases a battle between three new head coaches, all seeking the first win of the season for their teams. However, only one team can come out victorious, while the other continues the 2015 season with a winless record. Will Coach Sergio Diaz and his Serra Conquistadors get their first win of the season? Or will it be co-head coaches Roger Engle and Mikel Moran and their Scripps Ranch Falcons? Kickoff is this Friday at 7 PM at Scripps Ranch High School. After the game is over, be sure to tune in to KUSI’s Prep Pigskin Report, San Diego County’s home for prep football highlights and features! 

Categories: 2014 PPR Archive, 2015 PPR Features, 2015 PPR Features Part 2, Week 3: September 11, 2015