The Metro-Mesa League’s five teams made a collective statement on the strength of the South County’s top tier high school football circuit by each recording impressive victories last Friday.
Eastlake won its third consecutive game to improve to 3-1 on the season by drubbing the visiting Steele Canyon Cougars 56-26.
The Bonita Vista Barons snapped a two-game losing streak with a 49-33 win at Scripps Ranch. Meanwhile, Chula Vista, Olympian and Otay Ranch each remained undefeated on the season at 4-0.
They were all moments to savor.
An undermanned Olympian squad used a late defensive stand to outlast an athletic Lincoln Hornet team 21-14.
Chula Vista passed its first real test of the 2012 prep pigskin campaign by recording a 28-24 come-from-behind win over traditional Division I power Mira Mesa.
The biggest win of the night, however, had to go to coach Anthony Lacsina’s Otay Ranch Mustangs, who racked up major prestige points following their exciting 29-27 non-league victory against the seventh-ranked St. Augustine Saints at Mesa College.
“Getting a win against the Saints is a big win for us and our program,” Lacsina underscored. “Anytime you get a win against a quality program like the Saints, it’s a good feeling. Coach (Richard) Sanchez (a Sweetwater alum) and his staff do a great job.”
The Mustangs, who host Castle Park on Friday, did a great job themselves.
The visitors rolled up a 29-14 lead through three quarters and weathered a late 13-point rally by St. Augustine (3-1).
Kyle Hawkins threw for 228 yards and three touchdowns — all to Chris Martin, who also returned a punt for a touchdown.
The difference in the game turned out to be an Andres Burgoin field goal in the third quarter.
Martin finished the game with four catches for 150 yards, including a catch-and-carry for 80 yards. He also returned two punts for 75 yards, including one 53-yarder.
He did a back-flip in the end zone after scoring one of his touchdowns.
The Otay Ranch defense was active, recording four sacks (one each by Justin Doton, Francisco Solis, Angel Tegardine and Rasheed Farha) and one fumble recovery (Solis).
Doton had 17 tackles.
The Saints mustered 83 rushing yards and 81 passing yards. JoJo Hudson, one of the heroes of St. Augustine’s 28-10 victory the prior week against Mater Dei Catholic, was limited to negative six passing yards and negative 29 rushing yards. Hudson also fumbled twice and was intercepted once.
Anthony Williams led the Mustangs with 12 carries for 77 yards, including a 45-yard jaunt.
Olympian took the field after a stadium dedication to John C. DeVore, the school’s first principal, and scored touchdowns in each of the opening three quarters to build a seemingly safe 21-7 lead.
The Eagles rushed for 284 yards — 203 on 18 carries by Andrell Snowden, who finished the night with three touchdowns (two rushing and one receiving).
Snowden scored on runs of 35 and 53 yards and also caught a 19-yard scoring pass.
“It was a big win for us, especially with the stadium dedication,” OHS coach Gil Warren said. “We had two running backs hurt, so we had Andrell step up with a huge game (two interceptions and three touchdowns). We’ve got to make sure we improve each week, play better and better.”
The Eagles, who next play at winless Sweetwater, netted three interceptions (two by Snowden and one by Christein Humphrey) and one fumble recovery (Paul Padilla) to sting the Hornets (2-2).
Chula Vista rallied from a 17-7 halftime deficit in an impressive showing. Jevante Reed scored on a one-yard run and caught a 20-yard TD pass from Ricky Estevez while younger brother Jayvon Reed scored on a one-yard run. Hui Wolfgramm scored the game-winning touchdown on a one-yard run for the only points of the fourth quarter.
Jevante Reed rushed 22 times for 225 yards (the Spartans totaled 253 overall), including one 62-yard burst.
Wolfgramm rushed eight times for 28 yards and also made 10 tackles on defense while booting a 41-yard punt. Jaylon Candler and David Zavala each had sacks.
Eastlake’s victory against Steele Canyon was its third consecutive and sets up Friday’s titanic match-up against St. Augustine, also at Mesa College. Will the Metro-Mesa make it two wins in a row over the highly regarded Saints?
EHS’s rushing game remains potent after generating 391 yards against the Cougars (1-3). Aaron Baltazar rushed 23 times for 191 yards and scored three touchdowns while Tavarus Green (11 carries, 55 yards), Isiah Olave (seven carries, 42 yards), Isaiah Strayhorn (six carries, 67 yards) and quarterback Ty Stevens (three carries, 17 yards) each scored one rushing TD.
Stevens also passed for 195 yards and one score (to Vince Panaligan) and had two picks on defense.
Olave had three catches for 92 yards and also made a two-point conversion.
The Titans bolted in front 21-7 and were up 42-13 at halftime.
Keifer Graham led Eastlake’s defense with 13 tackles (nine first hits). He also recovered one fumble. Blake Wilson had 11 stops, including eight first hits.
PREP FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD
Friday, Sept. 21
Eastlake 56, Steele Canyon 26
Otay Ranch 29, St. Augustine 27
Olympian 21, Lincoln 14
Chula Vista 28, Mira Mesa 24
Bonita Vista 49, Scripps Ranch 33
Montgomery 21, Southwest 7
Imperial 41, Mater Dei Catholic 11
Hoover 32, Castle Park 14
Grossmont 35, Mar Vista 21
El Capitan 38, Hilltop 14
El Cajon Valley 32, San Ysidro 3
Whittier 9, Sweetwater 6
Lutheran 50, Calvary Chapel 0
Mountain Empire 56, Chula Vista Calvary Christian Academy 27
Faith Baptist Academy 46, Ocean View Christian Academy 42
Thursday, Sept. 27
Milken at Ocean View Christian
Friday, Sept. 28
Castle Park at Otay Ranch, 7 p.m.
Olympian at Sweetwater, 7 p.m.
Bonita Vista vs. Hilltop at Olympian High School, 7 p.m.
Calexico at Montgomery, 7 p.m.
Lutheran vs. St. Joseph Academy at Hilltop High School, 7 p.m.
Eastlake vs. St. Augustine at Mesa College, 7 p.m.
Chula Vista at Brawley, 7 p.m.
San Ysidro at Borrego Springs, 7 p.m.
Mar Vista at Santana, 7 p.m.
Southwest at La Jolla Country Day, 7 p.m.
PREP FOOTBALL RANKINGS
(SD Sportswriters/Sportscasters Poll)
Top 10: 1. Oceanside 3-1, 2. La Costa Canyon 3-1, 3. Helix 3-1, 4. Mission Hills 3-1, 5. Cathedral Catholic 2-2, 6. Eastlake 3-1, 7. Poway 2-2, 8. Chula Vista 4-0, 9. (tie) Grossmont (4-0), Otay Ranch (4-0).
Others: 11. Valley Center (3-1), 12. Olympian (4-0), 13. St. Augustine (3-1), 14. San Pasqual (3-1), 15. West Hills (4-0), 16. Torrey Pines (2-2), 17. Hoover (4-0)
Prep football Playoff Ticker
Division I: Chula Vista 4-0, Otay Ranch 4-0, Eastlake 3-1
Division II: Bonita Vista 2-2, San Ysidro 2-2, Hilltop 0-4, Sweetwater 0-4
Division III: Olympian 4-0, Southwest 2-2, Castle Park 1-3, Montgomery 1-3
Division IV: Mater Dei Catholic 3-1, Mar Vista 1-3
Division V: Chula Vista Calvary Christian Academy 3-1
8-Man: Ocean View Christian Academy 2-2, Lutheran 1-3