Week 1 Final Four: 8/26/16

Week 1 Final Four

Ramona vs St. Augustine

The Saints have proved why they’re once again considered an elite team for the 2016 season. They beat the Ramona Bulldogs, 62-13.

It was staff appreciation night and the Saints held a special pregame tailgate.  They even roasted a pig specifically for us at the PPR.  Plus, St. Augustine was the designated Week 1 school for the KUSI PPR Snapchat Takeover.  With all of the action happening off the field, St. Augustine certainly did not disappoint on the gridiron.

In the first quarter, Saints cruised to a 14-0 lead thanks to their high-powered offense.  Ramona got on the board in the second quarter after Caleb Berman ran it in from 4 yards out.  The score at halftime was 35-7 Saints.

Opening up the second half, St. Augustine’s Darrell Broussard returned the kickoff for a 92 yard touchdown.  For the rest of the game it was all Saints, completed with a running clock in the fourth quarter.

The final score was 62-13, St. Augustine.  Saints’ offense had 188 total passing yards and 249 rushing yards.

Next week the Bulldogs face the Point Loma Pointers at Clairemont High School at 6:30 p.m.  Saints travel to Carlsbad to battle with the Lancers at 7 p.m.

Bonita Vista vs Poway

There is an old adage in sports that says there is a reason games are not played on paper. Friday night at Poway High school was a proven case of just that. Bonita Vista (0-1), on paper, is an intimidating unit up front, with experienced and explosive playmakers at each skill position. Unfortunately for the Barons, questions coming into this season were left nothing short of unanswered Friday night. The Poway Titans (1-0) exerted their dominance early and often. Beginning from the opening drive, almost exclusively featuring running back Jared Adelman, the Titans moved the ball consistently on the ground finally allowing Adelman to punch it into the end zone from four yards out. After missing the PAT, 6-0 remained the score in Poway’s favor for much of the first half. Any and all opportunities had by Bonita Vista were quickly extinguished by a stifling Titans defense that pressured the quarterback and pursued the run game to near perfection. The only big plays they allowed in the first half (a 30 yard touchdown run and 75 yard rocket screen that went to the house) were both called back for holding and clipping penalties respectively. Once the Barons began to move the ball late in the first quarter, Titans free safety Chris Butler made a bone crushing hit on a Baron receiver as he caught the ball down the left hashmark, and knocked the ball free for Poway teammate Michael Ong to recover. Both players would make their presence felt on offense as well, catching touchdown passes from quarterback Robbie Sullivan later in the ball game, but the Titans only lead 12-0 at the half. The Barons looked to make a game of it early in the third quarter, as speedster Keenan Ellis took the opening kickoff of the second half 95 yards for a touchdown. However, they were unable to make the proper adjustments at the break to slow down Jared Adelman and the Poway ground game. Adelman, finishing the night on 45 carries, 291 yards and 2 touchdowns, consistently set his team up in the red zone. At that point, Sullivan had no trouble finding his targets, completing three red zone touchdown passes (19 yards to Butler, 13 yards to Ong, 15 yards to Chase Cowling). Bonita Vista quarterback Anthony Posada found Ellis on another screen pass late in the fourth for a 41 yard touchdown, but it would not be enough. Poway took home a dominant win, 33-14 over Bonita Vista. I knew a Coach who would say quite often that in order to win a football game, you must be able to do two things; Run the football, and stop the run. Poway proved more capable Friday night, but both teams success the rest of this season will be based on their ability to do that. Looking forward down the road, Bonita Vista will need to bounce back quickly, as their schedule is as tough as they come. Next week they will be on the road again at San Marcos (1-0), and then in a three week stretch will play Madison (0-1), Pt. Loma (0-1), and Helix (0-0). As for Poway, the Titans travel south next week to Mt. Miguel (0-1) before returning for another home game versus Olympian (1-0).

There is an old adage in sports that says there is a reason games are not played on paper. Friday night at Poway High school was a proven case of just that. Bonita Vista (0-1), on paper, is an intimidating unit up front, with experienced and explosive playmakers at each skill position. Unfortunately for the Barons, questions coming into this season were left nothing short of unanswered Friday night. The Poway Titans (1-0) exerted their dominance early and often. Beginning from the opening drive, almost exclusively featuring running back Jared Adelman, the Titans moved the ball consistently on the ground finally allowing Adelman to punch it into the end zone from four yards out. After missing the PAT, 6-0 remained the score in Poway’s favor for much of the first half. Any and all opportunities had by Bonita Vista were quickly extinguished by a stifling Titans defense that pressured the quarterback and pursued the run game to near perfection. The only big plays they allowed in the first half (a 30 yard touchdown run and 75 yard rocket screen that went to the house) were both called back for holding and clipping penalties respectively. Once the Barons began to move the ball late in the first quarter, Titans free safety Chris Butler made a bone crushing hit on a Baron receiver as he caught the ball down the left hashmark, and knocked the ball free for Poway teammate Michael Ong to recover. Both players would make their presence felt on offense as well, catching touchdown passes from quarterback Robbie Sullivan later in the ball game, but the Titans only lead 12-0 at the half. The Barons looked to make a game of it early in the third quarter, as speedster Keenan Ellis took the opening kickoff of the second half 95 yards for a touchdown. However, they were unable to make the proper adjustments at the break to slow down Jared Adelman and the Poway ground game. Adelman, finishing the night on 45 carries, 291 yards and 2 touchdowns, consistently set his team up in the red zone. At that point, Sullivan had no trouble finding his targets, completing three red zone touchdown passes (19 yards to Butler, 13 yards to Ong, 15 yards to Chase Cowling). Bonita Vista quarterback Anthony Posada found Ellis on another screen pass late in the fourth for a 41 yard touchdown, but it would not be enough. Poway took home a dominant win, 33-14 over Bonita Vista. I knew a Coach who would say quite often that in order to win a football game, you must be able to do two things; Run the football, and stop the run. Poway proved more capable Friday night, but both teams success the rest of this season will be based on their ability to do that. Looking forward down the road, Bonita Vista will need to bounce back quickly, as their schedule is as tough as they come. Next week they will be on the road again at San Marcos (1-0), and then in a three week stretch will play Madison (0-1), Pt. Loma (0-1), and Helix (0-0). As for Poway, the Titans travel south next week to Mt. Miguel (0-1) before returning for another home game versus Olympian (1-0).

Steele Canyon vs Torrey Pines

The Steele Canyon Cougars were on the road this week, as the team traveled to take on the Torrey Pines Falcons. The Cougars were first to put points on the board, with a twenty-six yard field goal by John Lautner. Second quarter, the Falcons answered back tying the score 3 to 3, with a field goal by Tanner Wyandt. Still in the second quarter, Torrey Pines wide receiver Scotty Gange, scores a twenty-three yard touchdown, putting the Falcons in the lead 10 to 3 before the half. The Falcons continued their dominance into the third quarter, scoring in the first fifteen seconds with a sixty-eight yard pass play from Miles Hastings to Michael Gadinis. The Cougars then respond in the fourth quarter, with a three yard pass from Thomas Fishburne to Jacob Jones 17 to 10 Torrey Pines. The Falcons finished off the game with a seventy-four yard touchdown, scored by running back Luke Duerr. Torrey Pines sealing the deal with a final Score of 23-10. The Falcons will now host Santa Fe Christian in a week two match-up, who are coming in to next Fridays game after a 20 to 17 loss against Olympian. Steele Canyon will go on to play Madison for a 6:30pm kick off. Catch the highlights to tonight’s game, and all the other games around San Diego on The Prep Pigskin Report every Friday night at 10:30pm only on KUSI. Also, don’t forget to follow @Redjacketarmy on Instagram and Twitter for live quarterly updates and more.

Damonte Ranch vs Cathedral Catholic

In the first game of the season, the Cathedral Catholic Dons tamed the Damonte Ranch Mustangs from Reno, NV, with the Dons coming out on top 49-12. This is the second year in a row the Dons have put up 49 points against the Mustangs. Though the Mustangs scored first this year, the Dons had little trouble shutting the visiting team’s scoring threat by the end of the first half.

The Mustangs started off rough, with one of their first passes intercepted by Cathedral’s Matt Stuppiello. However things started to look up for Damonte Ranch when Cameron Sandoval made a 64 yard touchdown run. The PAT was no good, but put the Mustangs up 6-0.

The Dons wasted no time answering. Quarterback Tate Haynes found Jordan Genmark-Heath, this week’s PPR Student Athlete Spotlight, for a 54 yard play, which landed the Dons on the 1 yard line. Haynes ran the ball in, Liam King scored the extra point and Cathedral took the lead 7-6 at the end of the first quarter.

After a pick by Genmark-Heath and touchdown by Adam Eastwood, the Dons pulled ahead in the second quarter 14-6. A 34 yard pass to Dru Jacobs resulted in a touchdown for Damonte, but their 2 point conversion was swatted down by Cathedral’s Mononi Anae. Shortly after, Jack Thompson caught his first touchdown of the season for the Dons. Teammate Jake Cavellier closed out the first half, sacking Cade Mcnamara and effectively ending Damonte’s scoring threat. Cathedral goes into halftime leading 21-12.

The second half saw the Dons dominating the Mustangs. Eastwood scored an additional touchdown and Thompson added two more to his touchdown total, making him the Dons’ leading scorer. Damonte Ranch was unable to make a comeback in the second half. Time ran out and Cathedral emerged victorious over the Damonte Ranch 49-12.

The Mustangs head back up to Nevada for their next game, where they will host Edison High School.

The Dons will be heading up to Modesto, CA, where they will play the Central Catholic Raiders in the 2016 Honor Bowl.

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