Week 4: Del Norte Nighthawks 15, La Jolla Vikings 7
They say defense wins championships, and for the Del Norte Nighthawks, defense was the reason they were able to defeat the La Jolla Vikings, 15-7, on Friday night.
On a night where emotions were high as the Nighthawks honored Manai Hazlett, their junior running back who is fighting cancer, Del Norte was flying all around the field on defense. The defense forced four turnovers on the night which helped them improve their record to 2-2, while the Vikings fell to 2-2.
Senior safety Jake Hadzicki led Del Norte on defense, he had two interceptions in the first half.
One of those interceptions led to an 8-yard touchdown run by Sam Issacson.
The Nighthawks would score again as quarterback Jack Borer threw a 28-yard dime to receiver Michael Ashton early in the second quarter.
How about some love for the special teams? Del Norte’s senior kicker Anthony Meader booted a 42-yard field goal to extend the Nighthawks lead to 15-0 as time expired in the first half.
La Jolla would manage to get a touchdown late in the fourth quarter when sophomore quarterback Jackson Stratton found Diego Solis wide open in the end zone for a 10-yard score. However, it was too little, too late for the Vikings as the Nighthawks would end up winning 15-7.
Del Norte host Rancho Bernardo next week while La Jolla is at Scripps Ranch.
This Friday, the Del Norte Nighthawks soar over to the coastline to play the La Jolla Vikings for a non-conference matchup.
La Jolla (2-1) has a two-game winning streak after coming off of a 28-14 win last week over Santa Fe Christian.
Key players to watch for on the Vikings side are junior outside linebacker and running back Max Smith, who has 25 carries and 194 all-purpose yards, and sophomore quarterback Jackson Stratton, who has 328 total passing yards and 32 pass completions.
Del Norte (1-2) is looking to add its second win to the record this week after being defeated the past two games.
The team has nearly 25 seniors on the roster and are more than ready to make this season one to remember and turn it around. The Nighthawks have what it takes, they just need to regroup and be the team they were in week one with a 44-0 win over Fallbrook.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at La Jolla High School.
So will the Nighthawks soar over the Vikings and even their record to 2-2 or will the Vikings make it a three-peat?
To see which team takes home the victory, tune in to the Prep Pigskin Report Friday night at 11 p.m. and follow @RedJacketArmy on Twitter for live updates throughout the game.