(photo by Ralph LoVuolo)
Falcons win league, remain undefeated
The Scripps Ranch High School varsity football team captured the CIF San Diego City League title on Oct. 25 in a 64-8 home victory against Patrick Henry High School. The team’s 9-0 record is such a big accomplishment not only because the team is undefeated, but also because it has earned the school its first league varsity football championship in 25 years.
Next, Scripps Ranch will strive to keep its 2019 season record perfect as it takes on Mission Bay High School at home in the last regular season game of the year on Friday, Nov. 1, starting at 6:30 p.m.
The game against Patrick Henry had fans scratching heir heads as the opposing team put up a quick eight points in the first quarter. The first quarter had the momentum of the game going in Patrick Henry’s favor. Then, in the Falcons’ first series of downs of the game, the team fumbled the football.
Patrick Henry’s offense looked threatening as it lined up in three and four wide receiver sets, pressing the Falcons deep coverage. Patrick Henry completed several quick passes to the outside with the receiver suddenly traversing the field toward the middle inside of a downfield blocker. But the Scripps Ranch defenders came up with big tackles to limit the progress of such tactics.
Scripps Ranch managed to come back and take the lead late in the first half, continually driving down the field despite several penalties. Meanwhile, the officials failed to throw penalty flags for personal fouls on the Patrick Henry defense during some highly questionable plays revealing what many Falcons fans deemed poor sportsmanship on several occasions.
None of this affected the outcome since the Falcons scored late in the second quarter repeatedly. Next thing you know, the Scripps Ranch offense had the ball again with less than 2 minutes remaining in the first half, and scored once more, this time on a perfectly executed quick screen to the right flank. The receiver bolted downfield with three blockers leading the way for another touchdown, essentially putting the game away before the first half ended.
The Falcons defense played more consistently as the game progressed, not allowing Patrick Henry any more points the rest of the game. The Scripps Ranch offense came alive as well, and there was no more doubt as to the outcome in the second half.
This week, a victory against the Buccaneers would end a perfect regular season at 10 wins and no losses for the Falcons, and prepare the team for playoff action as the number one seed into November as Scripps Ranch drives for a CIF San Diego Championship.
Photos by Ralph LoVuolo. Visit ralphlovuolophotography.com.