Valley Center Jaguars 42, Escondido Cougars 0
Diversification. It’s a word high on the list for any investor. Friday night, investors were seeing a lot of it on the field at Wilson Stadium in Escondido — at least on the visitors’ side of the field — as the Valley Center Jaguars cashed in on a well-rounded offensive attack and blanked the hosting Escondido Cougars 42-0.
With the win, the Jaguars (6-3) remain undefeated in the Valley League with a 4-0 league record. The team will next compete in its final regular-season game for the top spot in the league come week 11 when it meets the Ramona Bulldogs (6-2, 3-0). Escondido (3-6), meanwhile, lost any chance of a break-even regular season; the team faces a similar prognosis in the Valley League, in which the Cougars could now finish no better than 2-3, and that’s only if it succeeds in an upset of San Pasqual a week from now.
Where Week 10 presented challenge for the Cougars, the Jaguars found opportunity. Chrishawn Gordon’s two interceptions of Escondido’s Robert Ramos in the fist half each lead to scores — one directly, in the form of a 74-yard interception that Gordon would wind, dash, dance and juke his way along the left edge of the field and into the end zone.
The Jaguars’ diversified attack included multiple touchdowns for the team’s leading rusher, Mateo Sinohui, a 17-yard toss in the end zone to leading Jaguars receiver Tuupash Turner and a 12-yard keeper for points by none other than Mazzetti himself.
Keep an eye on that Week 11 match-up between the Jaguars and Bulldogs. It’s sizing up to be quite the fight.
This Week 10 match-up looks fairly straightforward: one team with a wining record, and another that’s sub-.500; one riding the coattails of victory a week ago, and the other the hangover of defeat; one with a shot at winning the Valley League outright, and the other hanging by a thread just to compete in the league for a top-three position.
By almost all measures, the Valley Center Jaguars (5-3, 3-0) will have the advantage over the Escondido Cougars (3-5, 1-2) in this one.
That said, this will be Escondido’s final regular-season home game, and the Cougars’ winning record at Wilson Stadium – in addition to pride – is on the line. For the Jaguars, the motivation lies in finishing the season strong against a team it should not lose to.
Look for Valley Center quarterback Rikki Mazzetti to find his favorite receiver, Tuupash Turner, more than a few times in this one, but for running back Mateo Sinohui to charge forward on the ground most often. His 1,357 yards gained this year account for nearly 80 percent of the Jaguars’ total rushing yards. They also surpass all the team’s combined passing yards gained.
Catch the highlights for this and more than 30 other games around the county this Friday on the Prep Pigskin Report, following the 10 p.m. news on KUSI.