Maranatha Christian Eagles 7, Castle Park Trojans 0
The Maranatha Christian Eagles shutout Castle Park for their first playoff victory in school history, defeating the Trojans 7-0.
It was a great defensive effort from both sides as the solo score would come halfway through the fourth quarter. Eagles Linebacker Josh Allen was a factor defensively as his interception halted the Trojans drive inside the red zone. It was the fourth time Castle Park would come up empty inside the red zone.
On the pursuing drive, running back Logan Godwin would plunge it in from 1-yard out. The bell-cow had 30 carries for 160 yards. The senior embodies the team’s strength as the Eagles only suited up 25 players with seven going both ways. Their resilience paid off in a big way tonight.
The game would come down to the last drive. With 2:11 remaining, the Trojans Ramon Cabal would recover a fumble on the 31-yard line giving the offense one last opportunity. Quarterback Diego Martinez completed six throws on the last drive, but was unable to convert on a 4th-and-5. Martinez connected on his first couple pass attempts in the game but was inconsistent most of the night.
The Eagles advance and will play No.1-seed Orange Glen in the quarterfinals.
The Metro-Pacific Champions, Castle Park Trojans (6-4, 3-0), play Pacific League’s third-best team, Maranatha Christian (5-5, 2-2), in the first round of the Division V playoffs.
After a two-year drought, the Trojans reach the playoffs for the first time under Head Coach Bernard Ansolabehere. Also acting as Athletic Director, Ansolabehere took over the team last year.
With grey skies in the forecast, after an 0-10 season in 2017 and two forfeits this year, Ansolabehere, the silver lining, sparked a Trojan revival.
Castle Park lost 43-7 to Mar Vista In Week 2. The following two weeks, Castle Park would forfeit in back-to-back weeks for the first time in school history. Since then, the Trojans are 5-1.
During their four-game winning streak, the Trojans are beating their opponents on average by double-digits thanks to a trio of seniors. Quarterback Diego Martinez has four passing touchdowns in two of those games. His favorite target, Joel Torres, has two 100-yard receiving games in that span. On the ground, Tyrone Lake is averaging a touchdown per game during their winning streak.
Maranatha Christian’s Kyle Duggin is in his third year as head coach. He reached the playoffs for the first time last year.
Coach Duggin has one of the best kept secrets in Division V. His name is Logan Godwin. The trip-sport athlete has rushed for 1,028 yards and 15 touchdowns while adding 248 yards and two touchdowns through the air. The senior accounts for 49 percent (1,276 out of 2,621 yards) of the Eagles offense.
The Eagles also have a great compliment back who is a duel threat. E.J Wiksten is second on the team with 557 rushing yards, and leads the team with 27 receptions for 331 receiving yards. The senior has 6 touchdowns (2 rush, 4 rec) on the season.
The game will be played at a neutral site, Otay Ranch, with kickoff at 7 pm.
Winner will advance to play No.1-seed Orange Glen.
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