Orange Glen Patriots 48, Maranatha Christian Eagles 7
The Orange Glen Patriots have advanced to the semifinals of the Division V playoffs after their dominant 48-7 win over Maranatha Christian.
After enjoying a first-round bye, the #1 seed showed no signs of rust on Friday night. The Patriots quickly jumped out to a 20-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back.
Orange Glen relied on a heavy rushing attack to take control in the first half and dominate time of possession. Cael Patterson, the junior running back and indisputable MVP for the Patriots thus far, was spectacular, per usual.
Patterson had 2 short rushing touchdowns to give the Patriots an early 13-0 lead. On their next drive, quarterback Ethan Villalobos connected with a wide-open Moray Steward for a 41-yard touchdown pass to make the score 20-0.
Steward was electric for the Patriots’ offense; he broke free for a number of big, drive-saving plays throughout the first half.
Though they entered this matchup as undermanned underdogs, Maranatha Christian fought hard and showed a few flashes of brilliance in the loss.
Running back Wyatt Gillespie broke through the defensive front multiple times, and he accounted for the Eagles’ only touchdown with a 59-yard catch-and-run off a screen pass in the first quarter.
Despite this spark for a potential comeback, Maranatha Christian struggled to maintain drives and could not stop the Patriots’ offensive onslaught.
Patterson continued to have his way in the second and third quarters, and he finished with an astounding 302 total yards and six touchdowns. Steward had 95 total yards and one score. Villalobos played solid, mistake-free football and racked up two passing touchdowns.
A great season comes to an end for Maranatha Christian, but the Eagles should not hang their heads. The school’s football program has continued to improve in recent years, and reaching the second round is a milestone for this team.
Orange Glen is firing on all cylinders and will prepare for an exciting semifinals matchup against Holtville next week.
The Orange Glen Patriots host the Maranatha Christian Eagles in the second round of the Division V playoffs this Friday night. A potential spot in the semifinals will be the furthest either of these teams has reached in recent years, so this matchup will be exciting and emotional for both sides.
Orange Glen is the #1 seed in the Division V playoffs, and the team is well rested after enjoying a bye last week.
The Patriots earned this spot after a great regular season, in which their commitment to the run game and a strong defense helped them finish with a 6-3 record. Orange Glen utilizes a powerful rushing attack to piece together long drives and control the time of possession.
Running back Cael Patterson, son of head coach Jason Patterson, is the main cog in their dominant rushing offense. After transitioning from playing quarterback last year, the junior has been more than comfortable in his new role. In their eight regular season games (one win by forfeiture), Patterson averaged nearly 200 rushing yards per game and racked up 20 touchdowns.
The Patriots’ swarming defense is led by a couple of younger players, as well. Junior middle linebacker Julian Lesa and sophomore safety Dylan Ewing are all over the field, as they have combined for 131 tackles and 8 tackles for loss during the regular season.
Maranatha Christian is coming off a gritty 7-0 win against Castle Park in the first round of the playoffs.
A dominant defense effort in last week’s win means the trend continues for the Eagles: when they hold their opponents to 20 points or fewer, they come out on top.
Unlike the younger Orange Glen unit, the success of Eagles’ defense lies in its experience. Their two standout senior linebackers, Logan Godwin and Josh Allen, have continually made crucial plays for Maranatha Christian throughout the season. Both ballers average over 8 tackles per game and 2 tackles for loss. There is no doubt that the Eagles will need stellar performances from these linebackers to contain the run and potentially advance in the postseason.
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