By Gideon Rubin
Santa Fe Christian
team that started the season slowly has broken out into a full-blown sprint.
The Eagles, who lost their first three games, extended their winning streak to four games with a 51-33 victory Oct. 18 over Horizon Christian Academy in a Coastal League game.
Benton Weeks rushed for 197 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries as the Eagles rolled up 408 of their 460 yards on the ground.
Kevin Loney rushed for 74 yards and one touchdown on eight carries, and Sam Ray gained 68 yards and scored once on six carries.
Carter Roberts completed five of six pass attempts for 52 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. Roberts also rushed for 52 yards on 11 carries.
Caleb Armendariz contributed a four-yard scoring run.
Chris Hermes had nine tackles, and Ray and Gavin Dill each had nine tackles and two sacks to lead the Eagles defensively.
The Eagles improved to 2-0 in league and 4-3 overall for the season.
• La Costa Canyon
showed its resiliency, but the plucky Mavericks ran out of comebacks in a tough 27-26 overtime loss to Carlsbad in an Avocado League West game on Oct. 17.
The Mavericks overcame 20-13 deficit in the final minute of regulation when quarterback Duke Mackle’s scoring run from the 7 tied the game.
Then, after Carlsbad scored on its opening possession of overtime to make it 27-20, the Mavericks answered with a 16-yard scoring pass of their own from Mackle to Chris Cassi.
The Mavericks attempted a potential game-winning two-point conversion, but they couldn’t convert it.
The Mavericks fell to 0-2 in league and 4-3 overall for the season.
• Cathedral Catholic
continued its domination of Eastern League play with a 48-0 rout of Lincoln on October 17.
The victory extended the Dons’ winning streak to seven games since opening the season on the losing end of a lopsided 55-10 loss to Folsom.
The Dons have outscored their two league opponents by a combined 111-7.
Clayton Dale threw for two touchdowns to lead the Dons.
The Dons jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead in the first quarter on scoring runs by Drew Cowell and Adam Eastwood from eight and 30 yards out, respectively.
Hogan Irwin scored on a 3-yard run to make it 21-0, and Choyce Bostian III’s 16-yard interception return gave the Dons a 28-0 lead going into the intermission.
Dale connected with Cowell and Will Lamond on scoring passes from the 12 and the 4, respectively, that made it 42-0 in a third quarter that broke the game open.
Carter Hamilton added a 24-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.
The Dons improved to 2-0 in league and 7-1 overall for the season.
• Torrey Pines
lost to Oceanside 42-21 in an Avocado League West game on Oct. 17.
The Falcons rallied from an early 14-0 deficit, scoring twice in the second quarter on scoring runs by Sandy Plashkes and Christian Gange from the 1 and the 23-yard lines, respectively, to tie the game.
But Oceanside reeled off 28 unanswered points to put the game out of reach.
Murray Kim scored on an 8-yard run in the fourth quarter to make it 42-21.
The Falcons fell to 1-1 in league and 3-4 overall for the season.
• Cathedral Catholic went 4-2 at the prestigious fifth annual Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix.
The Dons won four of their last five matches after opening with a 2-0 loss (25-20, 25-20) on Oct. 17 to O’Connor of Phoenix.
They defeated Mayfield of Pasadena twice, including 2-1 in their final game on Oct. 18, in which Lauren Woodard had 13 kills to lead the Dons and Cambria Galloway added nine kills.
Jeni Clark had 19 assists and Lexi Dorn added 12 assists.
After the O’Connor game, they defeated Catalina Foothills of Tucson (Ariz.) 2-0 (25-11, 25-21) and Mayfield 2-1 (21-25, 25-22, 15-3) later in the day.
Woodard had 11 kills to lead the Dons in the Catalina Foothills game and Dorn added five kills.
Woodard had 10 kills to lead the Dons against Mayfield. Galloway contributed six kills and Madison Linxwiler added five kills.
Woodard had 11 kills to lead the Dons in a 2-0 (25-18, 25-17) win against Pacific Ridge and seven kills in a 2-0 loss (27-25, 25-20) to Horizon of Scottsdale (Ariz.) the next day.
The 72-team tournament was hosted by Chandler High.
The Dons improved their overall record for the season to 15-12.
• San Dieguito Academy
lost to Del Norte 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-16) in an Avocado League East match on Oct. 17.
Karina Langli had 10 kills to lead to the Mustangs and Emily Kimball added eight kills.
Megan Scherer and Lindsey King had 16 and 14 assists, respectively.
The loss followed a 3-0 (25-17, 27-25, 25-21) league victory over Escondido two days earlier.
Sarah Hyndman had eight kills on 12 attempts with no errors to lead the Mustangs.
Langli and Sarah Colla contributed 10 and nine kills, respectively.
King and Scherer had 17 and 13 assists, respectively.
The Mustangs fell to 3-1 in league and 17-10 overall for the season.