The Chula Vista Spartans closed out regular season play with a 41-28 non-league loss at Aliso Niguel on Nov. 10. The Spartans will be looking to showcase their explosive offense in Friday’s San Diego Section Division I playoff game against the visiting Escondido Cougars while also beefing up their defensive showing.
Chula Vista led Aliso Niguel, 38-21, entering the final quarter but surrendered 20 fourth quarter points in absorbing the setback. A repeat performance could spell disaster in the CIF playoffs.
Jevante Reed turned in a career-defining game with 37 carries for 389 rushing yards and scored three touchdowns on runs of five, 78 and 37 yards.
Ricky Estevez completed 10 of 14 passing attempts for 146 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown strike to Richard Walker. Kevin Ayers scored on a one-yard run while Omar Rebollo kicked a 25-yard field goal to account for the Spartans’ other scores.
Jordan Chambers had four catches for 71 yards while Ray Holden made four catches for 60 yards.
The CV defense was aggressive against the Wolverines (7-3) with four sacks (two by Brandon Nealy and one each by Rudy Jaimes and Alex Toilolo), one fumble recovery (by Adrian De La Vega) and one interception (by Maake Wolfgram).
Isaac Martinez had three kickoff returns for 123 yards, including one 81-yarder.
Estevez has passed for 1,340 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. His main targets include Holden (42 catches, 596 yards) and Walker (26 catches, 399 yards). Holden has five TD catches to his credit this season while Walker has three TD grabs.
Reed leads all CV rushers with 117 carries for 882 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Chula Vista and Escondido have no common opponents this season, which should give an unpredictable feel to Friday’s playoff game.
The Cougars are coming off successive Avocado East League losses to Mission Hills (41-7 on Nov. 4) and San Pasqual (45-7 last Friday). However, Escondido’s 14-13 setback to defending Division I champion Vista on Oct. 14 has to send a shiver of concern down opponents’ backs.
Division II Playoff Preview
Bonita Vista at Westview
Tenth-seeded Bonita Vista (3-6-1) will be out to break at four-game losing streak — all in Metro-Mesa play — when the team takes the field for Friday's playoff opener at seventh-seeded Westview (7-3).
Jon Manjarrez racked up 145 passing yards, hitting Ryan Miguel for the Barons’ lone touchdown in the team’s regular season finale against Olympian. The visitors ran the ball by committee, with eight players combining for 189 yards
Manjarrez has passed for 1,247 yards and nine touchdowns this season. Chris Moore is averaging 50 receiving yards per game and has three TD catches this season.
John Matranga leads BV with 531 rushing yards and nine touchdowns while Josh Santos has rushed for 360 yards. Sean Fuimaono and John Sherman lead the Baron defense with 55 and 54 tackles, respectively. Matranga has six interceptions and two fumble recoveries to his credit.
Westview is coming off last Friday’s 24-7 Palomar League victory at Ramona. Quarterback Eric Beagle is averaging more than 230 passing yards per game.