Week 13: Vista Panthers 35, Christian Patriots 14
The Christian Patriots (6-5) visit the Vista Panthers (7-3) for the second round of the San Diego CIF Division II playoffs.
Just 57 seconds into the game, Vista’s running back Desmond Taua electrifies the stadium when he lights up the board with a 41-yard touchdown run. It would be the first of many well-deployed run plays for the Panthers this night. The Christian Patriots would score just four plays later when quarterback Gabriel Krug keeps it for a 48-yard touchdown run. The Patriots would take the lead over the Panthers for the first and last time of the game but this fate wouldn’t be evident until later on.
Just before the second quarter Vista’s Travis Bennett sends it to Eddie Nelson for a 24-yard touchdown pass and the Panthers miss the extra point for the second kick of the night which makes the score 12 – 7 giving Vista only a 5-point lead. The Patriots’ defense caused a turnover on downs in two of the Panthers’ first four drives. And when two personal fouls between both teams offset each other, it looked as though the No. 6 seeded Patriots were possibly getting in the heads of their third-seeded counterpart.
Then with 3 seconds left before halftime, Desmond Taua with a 1-yard run into the end zone takes the Panthers up 20-7 over the Patriots. In the third, David Flores widens the gap with 2 touchdowns, and after a two-point conversion Vista is up 35 to 7.
The Patriots’ defense in Gabe Stine, Alex Markowicz, Noah Pisia, and Nate Stine, pressured Travis Bennett all night long.
On the Panthers’ Defense Michael Medrano, Zach Schipper, Leonardo Barajas, and Alberto Cortez made stops on Gabriel Krug and the Patriots.
The final score is 35-14. And the Vista Panthers advance to the semi-finals to face off against the El Camino Wildcats who have been battling it out since the first round of playoffs.
NEXT WEEK! The Vista Panthers will face off against the El Camino Wildcats at home for one final matchup before the Championship game.
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