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Knights’ seniors celebrate with deserved Homecoming win

EastCountySports.com staff report

LA MESA – For the five Foothills Christian seniors, years of hard work has paid off, as the Knights won the biggest home game of their careers on Senior Night and FCHS beat San Diego Jewish Academy on Homecoming, 66-38, in a shortened 8-man game when the lights were turned off at 10 p.m. late in the fourth quarter at Seau Field Thursday night.

FCHS scored four touchdowns in the third quarter to break open a 24-24 game at the half. The Knights then blanked the visitors in the shortened fourth. Foothills led in the second quarter 24-17 before SDJA tied the game before halftime. Foothills Christian is 4-0 at home this season.

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Foothills’ Isaiah Bartolome comes off the field after scoring a touchdown in the first quarter Thursday evening.

SDJA scored very quickly in to the game, but the Knights answered with a touchdown from Isaiah Bartolome and a conversion for an 8-6 lead. Nathan Hamilton, who scored earlier in the game, added an insurance touchdown in the fourth quarter for the final margin.

Hamilton had a good night for the defense in tackles, while Chase Eurich added a sack. Nick Pupa also led the Knights defensively.

Captain Daniel Hoffman returned after missing most of the second part of last week’s game with an apparent knee injury to find the end zone for Foothills Christian. He also threw a touchdown pass to Connor George late in the third quarter to extend the Foothills lead.

The Knights held late leads of 52-38 and 58-38.

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The Knights were effective thanks to a strong offensive front.

“(We had our) best blocking all year,” Hoffman said.

Senior center Gabriel Bates graded out with a perfect night on the offensive front. Bartolome had four two-point conversions on the evening.

It was FCHS’ first win on Homecoming in the last four seasons. The game was called with 1:28 left in the contest.

Foothills moved into a tie for second in the Ocean League with a 2-1 mark (5-3 overall), while SDJA fell to 0-4, 1-5.




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