Small School Game of the Week: Julian Eagles 26,Calvin Christian Crusaders 21

The 2017 football season for 8-man football has come to an end as Julian defeated the undefeated Calvin Christian in the championship game 26-21. Calvin Christian may have an a cappella group named Leptin but the Crusaders were the ones singing the blues tonight and the Eagles took home the championship after 16 years in the making.

In the first quarter, the Julian Eagles were the first to score with a 65 yard touchdown run by Osvaldo Martinez. The point after touchdown was no good which brought the score 6-0. Moments later the Calvin Christian Crusaders answered right back, this time with a nice little 3 yard touchdown run by Daniel Esguerra and the Crusaders took the lead 7-6. The Eagles answered right back with a 10 yard touchdown tun by Nyemetaay Linton taking the lead back fro the Crusaders 12-7. 

Now in the second quarter, Calvin Christian with the ball but Eddie Phillips said nope not today and got the interception and the Eagles took over. Calvin Christian not happy with the turnover so they answered right back with another interception, unfortunately for the Crusaders it did not lead to anything, but helped the Eagles and they would score again with a nice little 1 yard touchdown run by Martinez. First half ended with the Eagles up by 11, 18-7. 

Coach Munson must have said something to keep the Eagles going, they scored again in the 4th quarter with another 1 yard touchdown run by Martinez. Thats when the fire was lit under the Crusaders. Matt Lafler to Wesley Salzman for a nice 64 yard gain which lead to a 2 yard touchdown run by Salzman changing the score 26-15 Julian still ahead. Moments later there Crusaders scored again this time Lafler to Noah Brouwer for a 59 yard touchdown pass. Crusaders only down by 5, trying to score another touchdown but it would be intercepted by Roman Sanders and the Eagles took home the win and the 8-man championship title. 

PREVIEW: The Small School Game of the Week in Week 12 of the Prep Pigskin Report takes us to Ramona for the 8-man league championship game between Julian Eagles and Calvin Christian Crusaders.

The Julian Eagles are coming off a great win against West Shores 44-22 last Friday night. The Eagles enter into the Championship game 7-2, with two losses against Calvary Chapel and Desert Christian Academy. Julian has outscored teams like Noli Indian, Warner, St. Josephs Academy, Ocean View Christian, Borrego Springs and San Pasqual Academy.

Head Coach Scott Munson is in his 2nd year with the team. He previously coached the Eagles back in 2001 for 6 years. Junior quarterback Shane Cranfield has developed into the Eagles leader with 668 passing yards and 13 passing touchdowns and 153 rushing yards for 3 touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Will Hatch is Crainfield’s main target. Hatch with 151 receiving yards for 4 touchdowns. Caleb Biliunas and Osvaldo Martinez control the running game. Biliunas with 354 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns while Martinez has 1314 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns.

On the other side of the field, the Calvin Christian Crusaders enter Friday nights game undefeated. Head coach Randy Kreglow in his 7th season with the Crusaders. Coach Kreglow knows he can turn to senior quarterback Matt Lafler to lead the team. Lafler has 579 passing yards for 8 touchdowns and only one interception. He also has 468 rushing yards for 13 touchdowns. Daniel Esguerra and Wesley Salzman dominate the running game. Esguerra has 752 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns and Salzman with 547 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns.

The last time these two teams meet was back in 2012 and Calvin Christian took home the win 42-13. The Crusaders have defeated the Eagles 5 out of the 6 times they have faced each other dating back to 2007.

Don’t miss this Small School Game of the Week at Ramona. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday. Check out the highlights and more on KUSI’s 60-minute Prep Pigskin Report Friday at 10:30p.m.

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