By Gideon Rubin
Needing a win to clinch an Eastern League title, Cathedral Catholic left nothing to chance in a 42-11 trouncing of Mira Mesa in a league game on Oct. 26.
Tony Johnson broke a scoreless tie midway through the first quarter with a 55 yard scoring run that set the tone for the victory.
Johnson rushed for 237 yards and four touchdowns on 18 carries to lead the Dons.
Theo Hardson rushed for 102 yards on four carries highlighted by a 77-yard scoring run late in the game that sealed the win.
Dons quarterback Garrett Bogart completed seven of 17 pass attempts for 113 yards.
Bogart completed a 17-yard scoring pass to Drew Gaffney in the second quarter that gave the Dons a 14-0 lead.
The Dons took a 21-3 lead into the intermission when Johnson scored on a 3-yard run.
Kyle Davis led the Dons with nine tackles and Xavier Ulutu, Taylor Esoldi and Connor Larkin each contributed eight tackles.
Michael Kaai, Brandon Michel and Toshaun Poumele each had one interception.
The Dons improved to 4-0 in league and 7-2 overall for the season.
Santa Fe Christian extended its winning streak to four games with a decisive 55-14 Coastal League victory over Escondido Charter on Oct. 26.
The Eagles clinched at least a share of the league championship with the victory. They can win the title outright on Nov. 2 when they play at Francis Parker at 7 p.m.
Eagles quarterback Hunter Vaccaro rushed completed three of four pass attempts for 86 yards and two touchdowns and no interceptions.
He also rushed for 100 yards and one touchdown on three carries.
Harper rushed for 58 yards and one touchdown on two carries and Cole Needham rushed for 51 yards on three carries.
The Eagles combined for 456 yards of total offense and 372 rushing yards, with nine players carrying the ball at least once.
Darrian Barboa led the Eagles defensively with 13 tackels and Slater Howe added 10 tackles.
The Eagles scored first on Harper’s 40-yard scoring run midway through the first quarter.
They extended their lead to 14-0 later in the first quarter when Vaccaro completed a 45-yard scoring pass to Harper.
Harper completed the scoring trifecta late in the third quarter with an 83-yard kickoff return that made it 48-6.
The Eagles improved to 4-0 in league and 6-3 overall for the season.
Torrey Pines rallied from an early deficit but the Falcons couldn’t complete their comeback in a 38-24 Palomar League loss to Ramona on Oct. 26.
Chase Pickwell rushed for 56 yards on 16 carries and Cole Jaczko rushed for 56 yards on six carries to lead the Falcons. Both scored one touchdown.
Falcons quarterback Mike Ward completed five of eight pass attempts for 85 yards.
After Ramona took a quick 14-0 lead, Collin Brown got the Falcons back in the game with a 47-yard field goal early in the second quarter.
Jaczko scored on a seven yard run to close the Falcons within 14-10.