Week 2: San Pasqual Golden Eagles 35, Rancho Bernardo Broncos 31
The San Pasqual Golden Eagles (2-0) outlasted the Rancho Bernardo Broncos (0-2) in a high-scoring affair on Friday night, winning 35-31.
San Pasqual received the ball first, and showed off their crisp option-based offense as they moved the ball down the field with ease. Senior running back Mark Santar finished off the drive with a four-yard score to take a 7-0 lead.
Rancho Bernardo’s junior wide out Jonathan Cousins responded with a long, 73-yard kick return to put the Broncos in Golden Eagle territory. Senior Broncos quarterback Zeke Payne led his team to the goal line, where he punched it in to tie the game at 7 with three quarters to play.
Rancho Bernardo’s defense came up big on the first San Pasqual possession of the second quarter. Cousins was able to get into the backfield and disrupt the option-lateral; tipping the ball into a teammates hand. The defense then rumbled to the end zone to give the Broncos a 14-7 lead. The Bronco defense remained strong, as it forced a punt on the next Golden Eagle possession. The punt was returned by junior wide out Ja’shon Williams for 50 yards, which set up a field goal to bring the lead to 17-7.
Rancho Bernardo’s Cousins intercepted a pass to give his team a shot at getting another score before the half, but it was the San Pasqual defense that answered the call. They blocked the Broncos’ field goal attempt to end the half.
The Golden Eagles came out in the second half looking to recapture momentum, and that they did. After forcing a fumble on the kickoff to start the half, San Pasqual marches down the field and caps the possession off with Santar’s second touchdown of the night. After forcing a punt on the next Bronco possession, the Golden Eagles catch their opponents slipping on a 42-yard fake punt play by Santar. That led to senior quarterback Trevor Jungman’s 38-yard QB option keeper score, giving San Pasqual a 21-17 lead going into the fourth.
Early in the fourth, San Pasqual kept their feet on the gas pedal. A long 47-yard run by junior tailback Luke Wilson sets up Mark Santar’s third rushing score of the day.
With the score now 28-17, the Broncos needed to make a move, and fast. Zeke Payne was up for the challenge. He proceeded to lead his team on a drive down the field, hitting several different receivers in the process. A 9-yard touchdown pass from Payne to senior receiver Caleb Armstrong capped off that drive. Their 2-point conversion attempt failed, but trailed just 28-23.
San Pasqual proceeded to cough up the ball, giving Rancho Bernardo a chance to take a late lead. Payne did just that, scrambling out of the pocket to find senior wide out Noah Morris deep for a 51-yard go-ahead score.
Trailing 31-28, San Pasqual had just under four minutes to push the ball up the field and score. Jungman proceeded to run the option perfectly all the way into Broncos territory, and then into scoring position. With just 25 seconds left, Jungman fakes the handoff and trots into the end zone for the game-winning score. The Broncos had a chance to win, but their Hail Mary was intercepted to end the game.
San Pasqual takes this one 35-31. They head to Westview (1-1) to play the Wolverines next week. Rancho Bernardo falls to 0-2 on the year, and will look to get back on track as they face the Valley Center Jaguars (1-1)
PREVIEW – Week two of San Diego high school football action continues with the Rancho Bernardo Broncos (0-1) heading up to San Pasqual to play the Golden Eagles.
The Broncos are coming off of a closely fought game against the Madison Warhawks, falling 34-23. It was an offensive showdown last week, and several Broncos put up very impressive numbers. Senior quarterback Zeke Payne threw went 18 for 29, with 286 yards and three touchdowns. His favorite target was junior wideout Ja’shon Williams, who hauled in seven passes for a whopping 187 yards and two scores. Look for those two to once again show their chemistry against the Golden Eagles in week two. On the defensive side of the ball, watch out for senior linebacker Nick Blanchard, who was all over the field last week and racked up ten total tackles.
San Pasqual cruised to a big win over Sweetwater high last week, winning 42-0. The Golden Eagles’ offense looked like a juggernaut, putting up numbers on the board very quickly. Senior runningback Mark Santar scored two rushing touchdowns in the first quarter alone. He added another in the third quarter to bring his total to three rushing scores. Senior quarterback Trevor Jungman kept the pressure on the defense by being a double threat to pass or run on any given possession. Jungman finished the game with over 100 rushing yards. The Golden Eagles were also dangerous on defense and special teams. Sweetwater struggled to move the ball up the field all game, and San Pasqual even added a 48-yard kick return for a score.
The last time these two teams played was last season, with San Pasqual falling to Rancho Bernardo by a score of 23-0. With a bunch of new faces on both sides of the ball for both teams, you can expect a much closer fought game this Friday.
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