Francis Parker Lancers 28, Tri-City Christian 20
A dominating second half advances No. 3 Francis Parker to the CIF-SDS Division V Championship game next week, scoring 21 unanswered points to finish with a 28-20 victory over No. 2 Tri-City Christian.
Ryan Sanborn was the Lancers saving grace tonight with four touchdowns, three of which occurred in the second half.
Sanborn’s only touchdown the first half took place during the Lancers opening drive, taking an early 7-0 lead. The 6-foot-3 quarterback ran the ball in from three-yards out, scoring their only points of the half.
Tri-City Christian answered back the following drive with a 20-yard reception from Kiah Reid to Trey Blackford. Francis Parker blocked the extra point, holding on to a 7-6 lead with 2:39 left in the first quarter.
Eagles linebacker Noah Reitmeyer picked off Lancers quarterback Ryan Sanborn, returning the ball 20-yards for a touchdown. Tri-City Christian completed the two-point conversion, taking a 14-7 lead.
Tri-City would take one more trip to the end zone before the end of the half thanks to freshman running back John McKenzie, this time from four-yards out. The extra point was blocked, making the lead only 20-7 at the half.
Despite a rough first half, Francis Parker head coach Matt Morrison rallied his team together to produce an exciting second half.
The Lancers scored 21 unanswered points, all of which were touchdown passes from Ryan Sanborn. Jonathan Gordon caught the last two from Sanborn, which included the game winner.
Francis Parker will face No.1 seed Orange Glen (8-3) next Friday at Otay Ranch High School. The Patriots are coming off a 22-7 victory over Holtville.
Although Week 14 marked the last episode of The Prep Pigskin Report, KUSI News will still have coverage of Friday’s championship games during the 5, 6, 10 and 11 p.m. news.
PREVIEW: Prep football in San Diego has officially reached the CIF San Diego Section semifinals, and one of the top headliners Friday night is the Division V matchup between No. 3 Francis Parker (10-1, 3-1) and No. 2 Tri-City Christian (9-2, 4-0).
Friday’s semifinal game is a rematch from Week 9, which decided who would walk away as Pacific League Champions. Tri-City Christian took the title with a 27-12 victory over the Lancers, handing Francis Parker their first and only loss of the season.
The Lancers are not only coming into this week with a chip on their shoulder looking for revenge but are also riding in with a lot of momentum thanks to a 41-15 victory over No. 11 Southwest San Diego last week.
Lancers quarterback Ryan Sanborn had an impressive game finishing with 210 passing yards, three touchdowns and a quarterback rating of 140.
Want to know what’s even more impressive?
Despite eclipsing nearly 1800 passing yards this season and throwing 25 touchdowns, while also rushing for 11 of his own, the dual-threat quarterback wasn’t recruited by universities for his skills in the pocket. Sanborn was recruited for his talents in the kicking game.
The 6-foot-3 senior is ranked No. 3 on 247Sports list of top punters for the class of 2019. Last season alone, Sanborn had touchbacks on 24 of 29 kickoffs, made all 12 PATs, was 5 of 8 on field goals and averaged 39.4 yards on 38 punts.
Sanborn’s talent earned him an invitation to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl at the end of the season, which headlines the Top 100 players in America on one field.
Tri-City Christian seems to stay away from the spread offense, focusing most of their efforts in the run game, which is headlined by running back Christian Salibo. The six-foot senior leads the Eagles in rushing with 1345 yards on 142 carries and has 18 touchdowns on the season.
Salibo not only averages 134.4 yards per game but is also the team’s strong safety and leads the team in tackles with 57 (26 solo).
In game history, these programs have only faced each other twice, including Week 9’s matchup. Tri-City Christian has won both meetings and is searching for their third victory this Friday to advance to the Division V Championship game.
Will Francis Parker secure their first win over Tri-City Christian and take a trip to the big stage?
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