Week in Sports: Santa Fe Christian stays unbeaten with 42-21 win

Santa Fe Christian remained unbeaten after defeating La Jolla 42-21 in a nonleague game on Oct. 2.

Keaton Giannotti rushed for 112 yards and scored three touchdowns on 10 carries and Sam Hoekstra rushed for 100 yards on eight carries to lead the Eagles.

La Jolla struck first, scoring on a 1-yard run early in the first quarter to take a 7-0 lead, but the Eagles answered quickly, with Giannotti scoring on a 73-yard run on the Eagles ensuing possession for the first of three unanswered SFC touchdowns.

Giannotti also scored on a 62-yard interception return in a decisive fourth quarter, when the Eagles outscored their opponent 21-0 to snap a 21-21 deadlock.

Kurt Luedtke rushed for 53 yards and two touchdowns on six carries, and Travis Burglund rushed for 66 yards on five carries.

Connor Moore led the Eagles defensively with 14 tackles, and Luedtke, Giannotti and Joshua Estill each had 10 tackles.

SFC improved to 5-0 overall for the season.

  • San Diego Jewish Academy opened Southern League play with a 10-0 victory over Borrego Springs on Oct. 1.

The Lions improved their overall record for the season to 4-0.

Joseph Mizrachi led the Lions, completing 11 of 18 pass attempts for 280 yards with one touchdown and one interception, and rushing for 52 yards on nine carries.

The Lions led 3-0 on Noam Baltnester's 39-yard field goal in the first quarter.

They stretched their lead to 10-0 when Mizrachi completed a 76-yard scoring pass to Rafi Lurie.

Jordan Sharf rushed for 76 yards on nine carries. Lurie caught three passes for 101 yards, and Kevin Yedid caught three passes for 107 yards.

  • Cathedral Catholic continued its assault on the archives, extending its school record winning streak to 26 games with a 48-6 thrashing of San Pasqual of Escondido in a nonleague game on Oct. 2.

The Dons' winning streak includes two San Diego Section Div. III titles and a state title last year.

But for now, it is their 5-0 overall record for the season that seems to be all that matters to coach Sean Doyle.

The Dons currently own the fourth longest winning streak in county history. Sweetwater set the county record with 36 straight wins in 1985, according to the San Diego Section's official website, cifsds.org.

"I think they know that just by winning the state (title) last year we have a bigger target on our backs than we would normally," Doyle said. "I'm sure if people keep writing about it, that makes it bigger, but I don't think the kids really think of it in that manner.

"I know that their focus on that next game."

With a bye this week, the Dons have an extra week to prepare for their Oct. 16 Eastern League opener against Lincoln (all four area teams have byes this week).

The Dons focus on both sides of the ball was readily apparent in the San Pasqual game.

They scored 34 unanswered points to start the game, with running back Jonny Martin running in from the 45 and 31 in the first quarter, when the Dons opened up a 13-0 lead.

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