Week 6: Otay Ranch Mustangs 37, Valhalla Norsemen 0
Puka Stewart and Noah Isley lead Otay Ranch with a pair of touchdowns each in the first half as the Mustangs shutout Valhalla 37-0 in Week 6.
Even though Otay Ranch won convincingly; they still have room to improve according to Head Coach Lance Christensen.
The offense put up a season-high 30 points but had three touchdowns called back due to penalties. Special teams also had one touchdown called back on a punt return, but started the second half with a Marwan “Boogie” Phillips 78-yard touchdown return.
Isley got the scoring started with a 1-yard plunge in the first quarter.
On the first play, of the second quarter, the senior running back showed his patience and followed his blockers in for a 16-yard touchdown run to extend the lead, 21-0. Isley now leads the team with four rushing touchdowns.
Stewart scrambled and found an open Dylan Baca for a 32-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Later, in the second quarter, the senior quarterback hit Adrian De La Cruz on a deep post for a 34-yard touchdown for his fourth passing touchdown on the season.
Otay Ranch (3-3) gets back to .500 as they start league play next week at Olympian (1-5).
In Week 7, Valhalla (0-5) remains on the road as they play at Grossmont (1-4).
PREVIEW: Jonte Stewart and the Otay Ranch Mustangs (2-3) shoot to remain undefeated at home as they welcome the Valhalla Norsemen (0-4) into town.
The Mustangs have relied on Stewart’s uncanny ability to beat defenses with his arm and legs and has been instrumental in the two wins. In both games won, the senior accounted for 219 of the 428 rushing yards (51%) and 289 passing yards.
In the last two games lost, the Mustangs had a total of 71 rushing yards and 109 passing yards. Some of those numbers come from playing quality defenses (Steele Canyon, St. Augustine), but Stewart is the player that ignites the offense.
The motor that keeps the engine running is running back Noah Isley, who leads the team with 66 carries for 327 rushing yards. The senior is also tied for the team lead with a dozen receptions and is second on the team with two rushing touchdowns (behind Stewart, 3).
Other than Isley, Stewart’s favorite targets are wide receivers Marwan Phillips and Adrian Merino. The senior duo has combined for 23 receptions with Phillips (12) edging Merino (11) by one catch through five games.
The Mustangs have recently outmuscled the Norsemen going 3-0 since 2014 and have outscored Valhalla 66-32 in the three games played.
When looking at this year, the only correlation between the two teams is each has played against one team from the other’s league.
Last week, the Norseman, out of the Grossmont-Hills league, got a taste of Eastlake and were shut out 52-0. The Mustangs, out of the Metro-Mesa League, lost to Steele Canyon 25-7.
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