Week 4: Santa Fe Christian Eagles 35, Mount Miguel Matadors 20
The Santa Fe Christian Eagles came out on top against the Mount Miguel Matadors on Friday, winning 35-20.
The Eagles’ run game had been diverse and dominant through the first three games of the season, and that didn’t change against Mt. Miguel.
After fumbling on its first possession, Santa Fe Christian pushed the ball down the field with a mix of run plays on its second one. That led to a 9-yard touchdown run from junior quarterback Perez Denney.
Mount Miguel is a team that depends on its passing game, which just wasn’t able to get going in the first half. The Matadors were unable to capitalize on that Santa Fe Christian fumble in the first quarter and had to punt the ball instead.
After Santa Fe Christian scored on the run from Denney, Eagles’ sophomore safety Matthew Sanford intercepted the Mount Miguel pass to give the ball right back to his offense.
Senior quarterback Kian Hogan knew just what to do with it, and broke out for a 40-yard touchdown run to put the Eagles up, 14-0, after one quarter.
Santa Fe Christian’s offense and defense stayed crisp in the second quarter.
The defense held Mount Miguel scoreless, and only gave up a handful of first downs. The SFC offense was able to get up the field again, with Hogan able to finish off the possession with a short run and his second score of the day.
The Matadors got the ball first in the second half and were able to push the ball into the red zone. However, Santa Fe Christian’s defense was able to force a turnover on downs.
Later in the quarter, with the Matador offense near midfield, the Eagles’ Sanford intercepted his second pass of the day.
On the very next play, Hogan took the ball 25 yards for his third rushing touchdown for the game. That put the Eagles up, 28-0.
Mount Miguel’s offense started to come alive in the fourth.
Junior quarterback Jacob Laverdiere and senior wide receiver Jaheim Allen-Pompey were able to connect on three touchdowns in the quarter, but it was too late for a comeback.
Santa Fe Christian takes this one by a score of 35-20 and moves to 3-1 on the season. The Eagles play host to La Jolla Country Day next Friday. Mount Miguel falls to 1-2 for the year and will welcome Valhalla onto their home field next week.
Week 4 of high school football action brings us to Santa Fe Christian this Friday, with the Eagles welcoming the Mount Miguel Matadors (1-1) to their home field.
After starting off the year 2-0, Santa Fe Christian saw their perfect record fall with a 28-14 loss to La Jolla last week.
The Eagles have been finding great success on the ground this season, and play an old school style of ground-and-pound football. Through three games this season, four players have gotten at least 12 carries.
Three players – senior runningback Blake Weeks, senior quarterback Kian Hogan, and junior running back Stephen Britton – have combined for 521 yards and four touchdowns. Senior tailback Jack Winters seems to handle a lot of the goal line carries, as he leads the team in rushing scores with three.
On the defensive side of the ball, you can expect senior linebacker Jack Hartung and senior defensive lineman Matthew North to be key in shutting down Mount Miguel’s run game on Friday. The two lead the team in tackles through three games.
Mt. Miguel started their season off with a closely fought 40-34 loss against Patrick Henry.
The Matadors were down 18-0 at half, but stormed all the way back and even took the lead at one point. That was due in large part to junior quarterback Jacob Laverdiere, who threw four touchdowns and ran for another all in the second half.
The offense carried that momentum into last week’s game against Chula Vista, winning 44-7. Don’t be surprised if the Matadors air attack continues in full force at Santa Fe Christian on Friday night.
The Mt. Miguel defense also stepped up last week, registering multiple sacks and two safeties against Chula Vista.
Their defensive front is going to have to step up and shut down the Eagles’ rushing attack, the main staple of Santa Fe Christian’s offense. Senior linebackers Jordan Williams and Julius Ford should have their noses in on every play for the Matadors.
The last time these two teams player each other was last year, which was a display of a whole lot of offense. That game saw Santa Fe Christian come out on top, 42-32 over Mt. Miguel. The Matadors will be looking for revenge come this Friday at 7 p.m.
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