Week 6: Morse Tigers 34, Chula Vista Spartans 7
The Morse Tigers defeated the Chula Vista Spartans in a rout, 34-7, at Joseph Rindone Stadium.
The first half was entertaining, to say the least, and was full of offensive fireworks.
The first offensive drive of the game for the Tigers was capped off by Michael Cunningham on a 22-yard touchdown run.
He left the Spartan defenders in the dust, putting Morse up 8-0 on a successful two-point conversion.
Morse held Chula Vista again and on their next offensive drive, the Tigers put another touchdown on the board.
Putting the Tigers up 14-0 with four minutes to go in the first quarter.
However, the Spartans would eventually get on the board with a touchdown pass from Carlos Serratos to Dylan Sallee for a 13-yard contested touchdown catch, Spartans cut the lead to 14-7 midway through the 2nd quarter.
However, the ensuing kickoff Roland Hammork answered with a 79-yard kickoff return touchdown zooming by the Spartans kickoff coverage to put the Tigers up, 22-7.
It was 22-7 going into halftime.
After a few turnovers and stalled drives in the third quarter, Morse finally shut out all hope for Chula Vista.
When Michael Cunningham scored on a 9-yard touchdown run with a great cutback making defenders miss to put the Tigers up 28-7 late in the third quarter.
The end result was 34-7 in favor of the Morse Tigers.
Morse had five total sacks in the game.
Morse improves to 4-1 on the season and will take on a tough St. Augustine team.
For Chula Vista, they fall to 0-6 and will face Monte Vista on the road to get a win on the season.
The Morse Tigers take on the Chula Vista Panthers in a Week 6 non-conference matchup at Chula Vista High School under the Friday Night Lights at 7.
For Morse, it comes into this matchup with a record of 3-1.
Last week, the Tigers defeated the Hilltop Lancers, 36-23.
The Tigers are led by coach Tracy McNair and he will be looking to keep his team fired up and continue this great start to the season.
On offense for the Tigers, watch senior running back Michael Cunningham. He comes in with 624 all purpose yards on the season. He even has 18 passing attempts on the season.
Look for Cunningham to be all over the field because he also plays on defense as a safety.
For the defense of Morse, the player to watch is junior Jaycob Hicks, who will be lined up at safety. He is second on the team in total tackles with 19 on the season.
“(Hicks) is the leader of the defense,” McNair said.
Hicks will be everywhere on the field for the Tigers because like Cunningham, Hicks plays on offense, as well. He has 352 all-purpose yards and will be used as a running back, too.
Morse will have a two-headed monster on the field with Cunningham and Hicks on the field Friday night.
The Chula Vista Spartans come in with a winless record of 0-5.
The Spartans are coming off a loss to Mater Dei in the previous week, 50-14.
Spartan starting quarterback Omar Perez will be out due to a separated shoulder so other guys will have to pick up the offense this week.
Coach Howard Bannister said there are two players to watch for this week.
The first player to watch is captain Dylan Sallee, who is a wide receiver and safety.
The Spartans will be relying on Sallee a lot with Perez out this week. He has 327 yards receiving on the season so far.
The second star on the Spartans to watch for is Alex Guzman, who had 140 receiving yards last week against Mater Dei and has 457 yards receiving on the season.
“They’ve been really amazing on both sides of the ball this season,” Bannister said of the duo.
The Morse Tigers will look for their fourth win of the season to add to their record.
For the Chula Vista Spartans, they will look to add their first win to the win column at home this Friday night 7 at Chula Vista High School.