Week 12: El Camino Wildcats 42, Valley Center Jaguars 25
It’s that time of year. Time for holiday décor, early sunsets, and of course the playoff edition of the Prep Pigskin Report. For the first round of the 2019 CIF San Diego Section Football playoffs, the Valley Center Jaguars traveled to El Camino High to take on the Wildcats.
After a thrilling comeback rivalry win against the Oceanside Pirates, El Camino came into the game buzzing with momentum. That energy would stay alive all night long both on the field and in the stands as the Wildcats would defeat the Jaguars, 42-25.
For the tenth year in a row, the Wildcats are making a playoff run. As El Camino is no stranger to the postseason, this year’s squad saw its fair share of close losses that could’ve easily have been won, which just goes to re-enforce, that unlike most sports, a 4-6 record in football could just as easily have been a 6-4 record.
In the first quarter, a pass attempt from El Camino’s Kiah Reid to Demarcus Griffin would start a game of hot potato as Kyler Riche would intercept and then fumble the ball, which was then recovered by El Camino’s Isaac Tinoisamoa, who would run it into the end zone for a 29-yard touchdown.
In the second quarter after a nine-play drive, El Camino would go for it on fourth-and-10. Reid sent it to Sterling Fields III for a new set of downs keeping the Wildcats in possession.
Six plays later on fourth down, coach Michael Hobbs would go for it again and on first-and-short, as Noah Sega would score his second touchdown of the night. Just before the half, Sega tallied a third score for the Wildcats, putting them up 35-6 over the Jaguars.
Frank Stehly to Xavier Jones was the dynamic duo for Valley Center throughout the game.
Stehly would throw for 249 yards this game and in dual-threat fashion, has rushed for a total of 134 yards on the ground in the last three games. In the third, Stehly sent it to Jones for a gripping 42-yard touchdown pass.
El Camino’s pass rush caused problems for Stehly and the Jaguars until the final seconds of game time.
The Wildcat defense was all about making big plays. From the linemen to the middle to the safeties, the group has playmakers on all three levels.
Next week will be the quarterfinals and the Wildcats will travel to Escondido to face coach Tony Corley and the San Pasqual Golden Eagles, who finished the regular season with a 9-1 record.
San Pasqual’s beasts in Mark Santar (RB), Masato Thompson (WR), Trevor Jungman (QB), Kody Ketcham (WR), Johnny Vega (MLB) and Jesus Anguiano (OLB) will be sure to bring their best game against the explosive Wildcats next week.
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