South County football fans have likely never seen anything quite like it, well, at least since Moses Moreno was throwing laser beam passes for the Castle Park Trojans before heading off to Colorado State and NFL stints with the Chicago Bears (1998) and San Diego Chargers (1999-2000).
Mater Dei Catholic senior quarterback Joseph Legerrette-Luke has been grabbing the lion’s share of attention of late with his precision passes — particularly of the long-range variety.
The ball sails high, long and … true into receivers’ hands.
TV commentators have already given his throwing arm an NFL rating.
The Crusaders look to follow Legrette-Luke’s strong arm to their second consecutive Metro-Pacific League championship.
Legerrette-Luke was all over the field in last Friday’s 37-7 non-league victory at Southwest, firmly stamping his name on the win with 222 passing yards and 163 rushing yards. He threw for three touchdowns and ran for a pair.
Two of Legerrette-Luke’s scores went to Iman Chatman-Dixon, who has made a habit of hauling in long bombs from the MDC signal-caller. Chatman-Dixon caught a pair of 20-yard touchdown passes while Evan Bebee caught a 13-yard pass for a touchdown.
Legerrette-Luke scored on runs of 59 and five yards; Paul Ortiz also kicked a 27-yard field goal.
The visitors scored on their first five possessions in the game to improve to 5-2 on the season (including a forfeit win over Rancho Christian).
The Crusaders are averaging 30.5 points per game. As potent as the MDC offense has been, its defense has also made some noise.
Sebastian Aluza leads the team with 42 tackles. The Crusaders have eight interceptions to their credit this season.
With Sweetwater, Castle Park and Montgomery each sporting a 1-6 record, one has to wonder which team will challenge Mater Dei for this year’s league championship.
League play, of course, starts 0-0 for all teams concerned.
Montgomery junior Charles Williams has rushed for 583 yards and scored four touchdowns so far this season. He’s rushed for more than 100 yards in three games this season, including 172 in a 21-7 non-league win over Southwest on Sept. 21.
Also for the Aztecs, Aust’n Morga has 19 pass receptions for 259 yards and two scores.
Montgomery’s bugaboo: holding onto the football. The Aztecs have fumbled the ball 17 times, losing it on 15 occasions.
Castle Park senior Juan Luna has passed for 580 yards and six touchdowns against just one interception while Daniel Hernandez has rushed for 226 yards and five TDs.
Defensively, the Trojans have collected nine sacks, two interceptions and three fumble recoveries.
Sweetwater has been outscored 199-87, though the Red Devils lost 9-6 at Whittier and 21-13 last Friday at San Ysidro. SuHi QB Michael Gregorio had two TDs in last week’s loss.
Prep Football Scoreboard
Friday, Oct. 12
Olympian 34, Otay Ranch 20
Chula Vista 51, Bonita Vista 21
Chula Vista Calvary Christian Academy 40, Julian 6
Sunset League (8-Man)
Ocean View Christian Academy 44, Warner 0
Upland Christian 70, Lutheran 30
Mater Dei Catholic 37, Southwest 7
Hilltop 27, Montgomery 6
San Ysidro 21, Sweetwater 13
Mar Vista 36, Castle Park 0
Friday, Oct. 19
Olympian at Chula Vista, 7 p.m.
Bonita Vista at Eastlake, 7 p.m.
Escondido at Otay Ranch, 7 p.m.
Mater Dei Catholic at Montgomery, 7 p.m.
Sweetwater at Castle Park, 7 p.m.
Metro-South Bay League
Hilltop at Southwest, 7 p.m.
San Ysidro at Mar Vista, 7 p.m.
Mojave at Ocean View Christian Academy, 3 p.m.
Lutheran at Van Nuys Fulton, 7 p.m.
Olympian 1-0, 7-0
Eastlake 1-0, 5-2
Otay Ranch 1-1, 6-1
Chula Vista 1-1, 5-2
Bonita Vista 0-2, 2-5
San Pasqual Academy 2-0, 4-2
Calvary Christian Academy 1-0, 5-1
Classical Academy 1-1, 2-4
Borrego Springs 0-1, 1-4
Julian 0-2, 2-5
Sunset League (8-Man)
Ocean View Christian Academy 1-0, 3-2-1
St. Joseph Academy 1-0, 1-2-1
Warner 0-1, 1-4
Lutheran 0-1, 1-5
Prep Playoff Ticker
Division I: Otay Ranch 6-1, Eastlake 5-2, Chula Vista 5-2
Division II: San Ysidro 4-3, Hilltop 3-4, Bonita Vista 2-5, Sweetwater 1-6
Division III: Olympian 7-0, Southwest 2-5, Castle Park 1-6, Montgomery 1-6
Division IV: Mater Dei Catholic 5-2, Mar Vista 4-3
Division V: Chula Vista Calvary Christian Academy 5-1
8-Man: Ocean View Christian Academy 3-2-1, Lutheran 1-5