Updated: Aug 24, 2021
Varsity and JV start the season with victories
In the first ever match-up between Scripps Ranch HS and San Pasqual HS, the #FalconFootballFamily walked away with a decisive win. The victory was led by Player of the Game, Jalen Shaw (Sr.) who was everywhere. Jalen ran for 85 yards on 7 carries (12.1 yards per carry), scoring three rushing touchdowns. If that wasn't enough, Shaw had two interceptions, one for a touchdown on the defensive side of the ball. Don't forget his punt return which should have been ruled a touchdown and his kick returns. Congratulations Jalen for setting the tone for the night.
Starting his first high school varsity football game, quarterback Jax Leatherwood (Jr.) had a fantastic night, completing 21/31 passes for 268 yards. Jax connected with Connor Lawlor (Sr.) for two touchdowns and another to Ethan Rochet (Jr.). Leatherwood threw at least two passes to six different receivers.
Lawlor lead the receiving corp with seven catches for 88 yards and two touchdowns. Nijah Richards (Sr.) also tallied 88 yards with four catches with a 50 yard touchdown reception thrown by Dylan Wenger (Sr.). Wenger also had a great night with several critical receptions. Tight-end Ethan Rochet (Jr.) caught three passes for 60 yards and a touchdown. Ethan had a long TD reception called back with a holding call. Jalen Shaw and William Miller (Sr.) also had two catches.
After an early score by San Pasqual, our defense had a great night, forcing the Eagles to punt six times. As usual Defensive Coordinator John Taylor and the defensive staff made quick adjustments. Were it not for a couple of miscues on special teams and penalties San Pasqual would have had a much harder time putting their remaining points on the board.
A couple of defensive standouts impressed, although the entire defense did well:
Dylan Stoney (Sr.) our captain and vocal leader had a great night, playing very physical, in your face football. He was everywhere, leading the team in tackles with nine, and four assists.
Hudson Wanner (So.) was next with four solo tackles and two assists. Hudson played aggressive, which is nice to see from a sophomore.
Reece Keahey (Jr.) played football. Now I know that was obvious, but when I say played, I mean "played" football. He was tough on both sides of the ball.
The offensive line; Jack Theilacker (Sr.) left tackle, Ruben Garcia (Sr.) left guard, Alex Hasson (Sr.) center, Kyan Lincoln (Sr.) right guard, and right tackle Austin Downen (Sr.) provided great protection for our QB and open nice holes for our running backs, which was made more difficult by the 4-4 defense they faced.
Likewise, our defensive line and linebackers adjusted well to the run heavy Eagles and their constant misdirection which can make it incredibly difficult to find the football. Starters Brady Durkin (Jr.) at defensive end, Jack Theilacker (Sr.) defensive tackle, Ryan Stepenosky (So.) defensive tackle and defensive end, Randy Ross (Sr.) played well. Linebackers Xander Medina (Sr.), Stoney and Hudson completed the front seven.
Sophomore, Ryan Stepenosky is feeling pretty good. There was no fracture. They will follow up in the next week and keep us updated. Otherwise, we came away healthy and ready to take on La Jolla this week.
I want to thank the staff. New offensive coordinator Chris Blevins was great. New coach Alex Muckle had the O-line ready, and the eyes in the sky Coach Mark Bolt gave us a real advantage contributing to both offense and defense for the first real game as members of the #FalconFootballFamily.
I know I mentioned a lot of people. But that's what it takes to come away with the win. I look forward to more exciting Friday Nights with the #FalconFootballFamily.