Week 7: Maranatha Christian Eagles 13, Army-Navy Warriors 10

Another great week of San Diego Section football is in the books, and this week the Maranatha Christian Eagles triumphed over the Army-Navy Warriors, 13-10. The Eagles now stand at 4-3 on the season, while the Warriors now carry a 2-4 record.

Fans who came out to the game and might not have been used to having two run-dominant teams would likely have been surprised by how quickly the first half came and went. The first quarter itself only took eighteen minutes, as both teams kept the ball almost exclusively on the ground.

As the second half rolled around, Army-Navy began to find their spark in the form of running back Hadi Assi. Assi was one of the most dynamic and explosive players on the field of either team, and this repeatedly showed on frequent double-digit gains that he posted throughout the night. It was his efforts that got the Warriors in position for a 27-yard field goal and the first points of the night for either squad.

We entered halftime with that 3-0 score, but the opening drive of the second half immediately bred drama and scoring.

Maranatha began the half with the ball, but fumbled on the opening play, giving Army-Navy unexpected field position and momentum.

Assi then converted this into two consecutive 21-yard rushes, the latter of which ended with a touchdown and a 10-0 lead.

Maranatha wouldn’t allow this to go unanswered, however.

After QB E.J. Wiksten left the game to a lower-leg injury on a desperate scramble for the end zone, running back Logan Godwin stepped into a Wildcat-type role and powered his way to two rushing touchdowns and a 13-10 lead early in the 4th quarter.

The Eagles then forced a punt and proceeded to decimate the game clock, removing more than six minutes before fumbling the ball with just three minutes remaining and a three-point lead.

Army-Navy would have this final chance to salvage victory, and after Wiksten returned to throw a 37-yard pass to Assi to move the ball into the Eagles’ side of the field, it looked as though they had all the momentum they needed. However, a late holding call robbed the offense of the momentum it had just built, and the following turnover on downs sealed the win for Maranatha Christian.

Next week, Maranatha Christian will take on Tri-City Christian on the road, while Army-Navy will visit Francis Parker. Catch all the highlights and final scores on KUSI’s Prep Pigskin Report at 11 p.m.


PREVIEW

It’s time for football under those Friday night lights again, and this week will see the (2-3) Army-Navy Warriors host the (3-3) Maranatha Christian Eagles. This Pacific League showdown will see a young Eagles squad take on a much more experienced Warriors team, but both schools will bring plenty of talent to the field this week. If you enjoy seeing two rush-heavy offenses battle it out in the trenches, this is the matchup for you.

The Warriors have leaned heavily on the duo of junior quarterback Caleb Clark and senior running back Hadi Assi for the bulk of their offense in conjunction with a dedicated stable of receivers. Assi has shown an ability to torch defenses, rushing to the tune of more than 470 yards in just the first two games of the season, which made up both Warrior wins. He’ll have plenty of opportunity to catch that fiery form again this week. Army-Navy has an undeniable run-first mindset, and we can expect to see this on display all-night, with enough passing to keep the Eagles defense honest.

Speaking of the Eagles, Maranatha will bring their own dominating rushing attack that has notched 200-yd performances in all but two of their games this season. Logan Godwin has been the genesis of this run game, but after missing last week, the responsibilities may again fall to his senior classmate, E.J. Wiksten and junior Patrick Collins. We may also see the Eagles flex their wings a bit more this week if the rushing options are slim.

This should be another great week of CIF football, and this matchup should be yet another entertaining entry in the Pacific League standings. Come out to Army-Navy at 7pm to witness the action in person or catch all the highlights and the final scores at 11pm on KUSI’s Prep Pigskin Report!

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