Week 3: Rancho Bernardo Broncos 17, Valley Center Jaguars 0
The Rancho Bernardo Broncos picked up their first win of the season behind a defense that played its best game of 2019.
Rancho Bernardo (1-2) pitched a shutout Friday night. The Broncos forced four fumbles, had one interception and sacked Valley Center quarterback Frank Stehly three times.
It was an impressive performance for the Broncos defensively. Their first two games, both close losses, saw them give up an average of 34.5 points each game. Friday night, they seemed to bend but never break, and they capitalized on every opportunity they had.
Valley Center (1-2) was able to move the ball, driving down the field on more than one occasion but just could not find the end zone. Their final chance came in the fourth, when Bronco defensive back Carson Palacki intercepted Stehly to end any hope of a comeback for the Jaguars.
Defensively, Valley Center had a solid game. Aside from two touchdowns given up to the Broncos in the second quarter, the Jaguars were very successful in stopping the run and keeping Rancho Bernardo in check. Unfortunately for them, the Bronco defense was on another level.
Bronco quarterback Zeke Payne, fresh off winning the PPR Play of the Week with teammate Noah Morris, did not make mistakes. Despite only throwing for one touchdown, he never put his team in a bad position. He took care of the football and never forced anything.
After connecting with Caleb Armstrong on a 15-yard pass in the second quarter to the 1-yard line, Sammy Dennis punched it in for the first score of the game.
Later in the quarter, Payne found Chris Dartey for a 7-yard touchdown pass.
A third quarter field goal by Rancho Bernardo ended the scoring for the night.
Rancho Bernardo will look to keep this momentum going when they welcome in Point Loma Friday night.
Valley Center will head home to take on Imperial.
One of the most intriguing matchups this weekend will feature the Valley Center Jaguars visiting the Rancho Bernardo Broncos.
Valley Center (1-1) is coming off a big road win at Otay Ranch, where its defense put on a clinic against the Otay Ranch Mustangs, winning 17-7.
After giving up an early rushing score in the first, their defense was lights out. They Jags forced turnovers and shut down Otay Ranch the rest of the way.
Senior quarterback Frank Stahley is coming off a solid outing, throwing for a touchdown while taking care of the ball.
Rancho Bernardo (0-2) will be looking for its first win of the season.
With a challenging schedule to start the season, the Broncos have been in close contests but have yet to come out on the winning end. They have lost both their games by a combined 15 points.
Senior quarterback Zeke Payne has not had trouble moving his offense down the field, averaging 27 points per game. Unfortunately, the defense has not been as reliable, giving up 34.5 points per game.
The key to this game will be both defenses. Will the Jaguars be able to slow down the Broncos offense? Will Rancho Bernardo’s defense give their team a chance and not allow too many points?
It all goes down Friday night. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
For highlights of this game and others around the county, be sure to tune into Season XXI of the Prep Pigskin Report this Friday at 11 p.m. Also, prior to the PPR, be sure to tune in every Friday night at 10:45 p.m on KUSI for 1st and 15.
This week’s PPR Viewing Party will feature the Rancho Bernardo Broncos at Tony Pepperoni down the street from Rancho Bernardo High School. The second PPR Viewing Party stop will be at Knotty Barrel PQ with the Westview Wolverines.
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