Week 4 South Bay Game of the Week: Steele Canyon Cougars 28, Bonita Vista Barons 0
No. 8 Steele Canyon (3-0) spoiled Bonita Vista’s Homecoming, blanking the Barons, 28-0.
The Cougars climbed out early with an opening-drive touchdown. Jeremy Mendez-Gal faked the run, sucked the secondary up, and found a wide-open Antoine Walker for the 65-yard touchdown.
Other than the 65-yard touchdown, the passing game struggled a bit in the first half. It was the running game that kicked it into next gear. Wesley Neely III started the scoring in the second quarter and Junior Atkintunde followed suit with his own 25-yard touchdown to give the Cougars a 21-0 lead at halftime.
Neely, the Big Pig on Campus, continued gashing the Baron defense in the third quarter with a 34-yard run and a 46-yard touchdown run on back-to-back plays. The junior had 11 carries for 168 rushing yards and two touchdowns. He also added 48 yards on two receptions.
Bonita Vista (2-2) showed moments of promise in the second half ripping off long drives of 74 yards and 76 yards, but the Cougars stymied the Baron offense on both red zone opportunities. Quarterback Christopher Kane didn’t throw any touchdowns, but he also didn’t throw any interceptions. The senior threw some nice deep balls throughout the game, but couldn’t finish any drives.
A bright spot on offense was running back Darian Whaley. The sophomore didn’t compile many yards, but ran hard and would eventually find some running lanes later in the game.
Bonita Vista will look to get back above .500 as they travel to Patrick Henry (3-1) in Week 5. Steele Canyon will remain on the road in the South Bay as they take on Otay Ranch (2-2).
The Bonita Vista Barons (2-1), a front-runner in the Metro-Mesa League, will be tested as they host No. 8 Steele Canyon (2-0) for the South Bay Game of the Week.
The Barons have won their last two games by a margin of 92-14. Confidence is riding high into Homecoming week, and there will be plenty of buzz rolling through Richard L. Jantz Stadium in Week 4.
Bonita Vista wide receiver Ron Vann has jumped on to the scene, scoring five touchdowns in the last two games displaying his athleticism and ability to make big plays. In order for Bonita Vista to put up points, Vann will need to continue to make big plays offensively and on special teams.
Steele Canyon has played well in all facets of the game including special teams, with big returns and big blocks this season.
Offensively, the Cougars bring a balanced attack. Running back Wesley Neely carries the load with his quickness and toughness. He makes defenders miss in tight spaces and separates quickly after breaking tackles. Quarterback Jeremy Mendez-Gal spreads the ball around and finds the open man. The senior has been efficient in his first two games of the season
The 2017 State Champions were always in games because of their defense. Much is the same for this year’s team as they provide a punch defensively, holding Eastlake to six points and Madison to 14 points.
Head Coach Scott Longerbone is in his eighth year at Cougar country and has created a winning tradition. After going 3-8 in 2016, he has since gone 23-7.
Samuel Kirkland has already matched his win total from last season as a first-year head coach for Bonita Vista. Now in his second season, Kirkland and the Barons can make a statement by defeating a top 10 team in the county.
You can catch highlights of the game Friday on KUSI’s Prep Pigskin Report at 11 p.m.