(photo by Ralph LoVuolo)
Undefeated SRHS advances to semifinals
The Scripps Ranch High School football team remains on its quest to capture the 2019 CIF San Diego Section Division III Football Championship following a 42-7 quarterfinal victory over West Hills High on Nov. 15. The win bumped up the team’s undefeated record to 11-0.
The Falcons will face Central High School of El Centro at Scripps Ranch at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22 in a semifinal contest.
The Falcons played like a skilled undefeated team against West Hills High during its first CIF football playoff game in years. Although West Hills grabbed a first quarter touchdown to take the lead, the Falcons offense soon drove downfield to tie the score. The West Hills defense began executing powerful blitzes up the middle, one leading to a quarterback sack. The last time they attempted this tactic, they failed to tackle the Falcons runner who sliced right past the West Hills defenders for a touchdown.
Then, two West Hills turnovers led to two more Falcons touchdowns and extra points. Those mistakes turned the tide and the Falcons held a decent lead as the first half ended.
The game was never in doubt in the second half as the Falcons took charge with authority. The Scripps Ranch defense, which has been incredibly effective all season, did not allow any points the rest of the contest.
Scripps Ranch looked sharp, like a playoff team peaking at the right time. The team played with more intensity than in the regular season. Their timing and reflexes had improved. Quarterback Luke Durkin’s passes were even more precise. The line blocked more intensely and completely.
The running game was powerful and effort was sustained. Tackling was more aggressive. The fans could hear the pads popping where they sat in the stands. The kick coverage had more hustle, and placekicker Matt Killam was perfect on all extra point attempts. The remarkable season continues.