Week 5: Bonita Vista Barons 56, Patrick Henry Patriots 14

The Bonita Vista Barons defeated the Patrick Henry Patriots, 56-14, on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019.

Darian Whaley collected four touchdowns that totaled 142 yards.

Whaley began the scoring with 8:28 remaining in the first quarter with a short run into pay dirt.

On the ensuing Patrick Henry drive, the Patriots went for it on fourth down, something that they would do often on the night.

The Baron defense took the ball back when they registered a sack of Matthew Castillo.

Daniel Kabongo punched it in from a yard out to give Bonita Vista a 14-0 lead with about three minutes left in the opening quarter. Just a few seconds later, Nick Necochea caught a scoring pass from Christopher Kane to put them up 21-0 with 2:13 left in the first.

In the second quarter, another 14 points were board. Half of those were courtesy of a Kane-to-Mark Cornejo connection from 24 yards. The final touchdown of the quarter was cashed in by Gabe Burke to put Bonita Vista up 35-0 at the break.

The Patriots opened the second half with a huge 55-yard touchdown pass, but it was called back due to a penalty. A few plays later, Castillo threw a 13-yard pass to Kai Jessie to get Patrick Henry on the board 35-6 after the 2-point conversion was no good.

Whaley would add a 42-yard touchdown at the 7:37 mark of the third quarter to push the lead up to 42-6 in favor of Bonita Vista.

Patrick Henry didn’t go down without a fight, as their lone fourth-down conversion was a 40-yard pass that sat up Castillo bullet pass to Luke Carrillo-Batson from nine yards out. The two-point conversion was good to make it 42-14. That would be the closest the Patriots would get in this contest.

Four minutes later, Whaley would add a 30-yard score to his scoring line to make it 49-14 at the end of three quarters. The large scoring difference would trigger the automatic running clock that the CIF-San Diego Section mandates.

Whaley would wrap up the night with a 20-yard scoring run to make it 56-14 Bonita Vista.


The Bonita Vista Barons will travel to San Carlos to take on the Patrick Henry Patriots in the final non-league game for both squads. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 pm on Friday, Sept. 20 at the San Carlos campus.

Visiting Bonita Vista (2-2) is in a three-way tie atop of the Metro-Mesa league. Bonita Vista is coming off a week that saw them take on the Cougars of Steele Canyon.

The Barons are still one week away from getting transfer student Josh Buchanon on the field after transferring from Helix.

However, head coach Sam Kirkland III said that he was happy with the effort that his defense showed against Steele Canyon last week.

Bonita Vista quarterback Chris Kane is another storyline that coach Kirkland is happy about.

Two years ago when the coach arrived on campus, Kane was a backup on the JV squad. After working to get his confidence up and working on his fundamentals he is now the starting signal-caller.

Over in San Carlos, new head coach JT O’Sullivan has his team on a roll. Patrick Henry (3-1) is coming into this game hot.

The Patriots squeezed by Mount Miguel in Week 1 and then dropped their home opener to Morse. Since that loss, Patrick Henry has been in two very close games.

In Week 3, the Green and Gold snuck past Monte Vista, 39-36, and then won last week’s track meet with El Capitan. That game will go down in the CIF-San Diego Section record books as a top-10 record as far as most points scored by both teams with 112 points. The top overall mark in San Diego County history was St. Joseph Academy vs. Lutheran in 2008 (8-man football) with a final of 96-74.

As far as 11-man football, look to the 1999 matchup between Rancho Bernardo and West Hills which ended in a 71-48 victory for the Broncos. Of course, just last season, the Santana Sultans defeated La Jolla Country Day, 76-55, in a playoff game in Santee in the highest-scoring game in section history.

Matthew Castillo, a 5-foot-8 senior quarterback, is one completion away from 100 on the season. He is second in the County with 1,312 yards passing, 500 yards behind La Jolla Country Day’s EJ Kreutzmann.

Isaiah Jennings (36 carries, 178 yards, 4 touchdowns) and Elijah Lux (24 carries, 166 yards, 2 touchdowns) are the top two running backs for the Patriots so far this season.

Five different receivers have over 100 yards already this season for Patrick Henry.

That quintet is led by Luke Carrillo-Batson (24 receptions, 310 yards, 1 touchdown). Omar Hammond (9 receptions, 221 yards, 4 touchdowns) and Kadeem Bakare (11 receptions, 157 yards, 4 touchdowns) are tied for the team lead in receiving touchdowns.

On the defensive side of the ball, Raymond Bernard has a team-high 33 tackles and three interceptions.

Check out the highlights of this game and all of the others across the county on the Prep Pigskin Report on Friday at 10:45 p.m.

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