Week 4: Maranatha Christian Eagles 20, Southwest Raiders 14
Maranatha Christian soared into 20-14 victory after closely defeating Southwest (SD).
The Eagles opened up the night in the first quarter with a 4-yard pass from quarterback Patrick Collins to Benett Volek to lead the game, 7-0.
Leading the game was not enough, the Eagles wanted to secure the win. The Eagles kept pushing forward.
In the second quarter, Issac Stone broke through the Southwest defense and scored a 1-yard touchdown run giving his team a 14-0 lead.
With under two minutes left in the half, Nathaniel Rosillo brought hope to the home team. He plowed through Maranatha’s defense to get an 8-yard touchdown run. The Pirates attempted a two-point conversion that fell short.
The score in the first half was 14-6, Eagles.
In the third quarter, Southwest stepped up its game and showed it wanted the win.
Enrique Gonzalez ran the ball for a 23-yard touchdown run. The team went for a two-point conversion, which tied the game up 14-all.
The game-winning play came at the end of the third quarter with less than 40 seconds remaining.
Southwest punted the ball which was blocked by Stone and recovered by CJ Buenviaje.
The save by both players set up the play for the game-winning touchdown.
Stone returned to the offense and ran the ball for an 11-yard touchdown run. The PAT was no good.
The final score was 20-14, in favor of the Maranatha Eagles.
In the South Bay, Week 4 takes us to the matchup between two teams seeking their first win of the season. The Maranatha Christian Eagles (0-3) are making the trek to the home of the Southwest (San Diego) Raiders (0-2).
In a close match last week, Maranatha Christian lost to the Clairemont Chieftains, 21-16. With just points away from their first win, you can imagine they will bring all their fight this week to get their first win.
Eagles to keep an eye on quarterback Patrick Collins, running back Wyatt Gillespie, and tight end Josh Simpson.
Last week, Collins had 143 passing yards and 11 completions. Gillespie completed 22 carries and 90 rushing yards, and Simpson had 96 receiving yards and six tackles. The all-star, all-out offensive will keep the home team on their feet this Friday night.
The Raiders also fell short last week, 29-20, to the Gabrieline Eagles. They are are also ready for their first win.
Key Raider players to watch are Ray Flores, Daniel Carillo, and Enrique Gonzalez.
Last week, Flores had eight carries and 108 yards. Carillo had five carries and 75 rushing yards. Gonzalez completed 42 rushing yards and a touchdown. They also will keep their opponents on their feet.
Southwest (SD) is going through a growth period. It is under new leadership, as Domonic Cruz is the team’s new head coach. The majority of the team is made up of juniors and the players are developing into their individual leadership roles.
Friday’s game will be the second time both teams face each other. Last season, the Eagles took the win, 42-14, and have a 2-1 record coming into the game. The Pirates have a 1-1 record.
Will the Eagles soar into their first win of the season or will the Pirates sink their opponent’s dream of victory? We’ll find out this Friday night.
The Maranatha Christian and Southwest (SD) at Southwest High School game is at 7 p.m.
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