East County Sports

3-0 Patriots have Warriors saying ‘uncle’

Christian High's Theo Goodwin turns up field after a reception Saturday night against Fallbrook. / EastCountySports photo




By Ramon Scott



EL CAJON – The Christian Patriots made quick work of the Fallbrook Warriors Saturday.

After leading 28-7 at halftime and 48-7 in the fourth quarter, the game was declared over by mutual consent with five minutes to go. Christian is now 3-0 to start the season.

The Patriots held the Warriors to a three-and-out on the game’s opening series then put together a 66-yard drive to take a 7-0 lead midway through the first.


Christian’s JOEY MORONES winds his way through traffic Saturday night at Valley Stadium. / EastCountySports photo

JOEY MORONES and TSHOMBRE CARTER did the bulk of the rushing work on the ground march, but quarterback BRAD JEREMIAH took it into the end zone with a QB sneak behind AUSTIN MANION and JONATHAN STINE.

The Warriors appeared ready to counter the first-quarter drive with a series of gains aided by a third-down encroachment penalty on Christian.

However, the Pats’ ETHAN CONTRERAS intercepted a pass at the Christian 10 and returned it 32 yards with 1:17 left in the first quarter.

Christian then got a pair of sizable gains from THEO GOODWIN and Morones as part of a drive to get inside the Fallbrook 5.

Carter ran off the left side and smashed into a Warrior defender into the end zone, as Christian went up 14-0 with 10:33 to go before halftime.

“As a team, we were playing in concert,” Christian offensive coordinator David Beezer said.

After another good defensive series for Christian, Morones had a 34-yard reception and then a 23-yard touchdown run for a 21-0 lead with 8:03 left in the first half.


Morones leads a tackle against a Warriors’ ball carrier Saturday night in El Cajon. / EastCountySports photo

Fallbrook put together a couple of good gains on completions to get inside the Christian 5-yard line, then Warriors’ QB Jack Grantham hit Kobie Stallings with a short pass with 2:16 to go in the second to make it 21-7.

Christian quickly answered in just over a minute when Morones picked up 30 yards on a run to the Fallrbook 30, then Jeremiah hit Goodwin on a timing fade inside the 5 in front of the left front corner of the end zone for a touchdown with a leaping catch over a defender and a 28-7 halftime advantage.

Then, on the opening kick off of the second half, BEN GOODWIN electrified the home crowd with a 88-yard TD return.

Later, Morones had yet another big run, rumbling 24 yards to the Fallbrook 28 with 7 1/2 minutes left in the third.


Morones rushes against the Fallbrook defense. / EastCountySports photo

Morones finished with 112 yards rushing on 9 carries. He also had two receptions for 47 yards.

Jeremiah would cap the drive with an 8-yard TD pass for Contreras for a 41-7 lead.

Jeremiah threw for another score when he hit tight end GARRETT NIELSEN for a 6-yard score with 2:57 left in the third.

Goodwin had five receptions for 76 yards overall.

Jeremiah was super-efficient with his throws once again, going 11-for-12 for 157 yards and the three scores.

GARRETT FLETCHER, a senior linebacker, had an interception for Christian.

Carter had 59 yards on 11 carries, as Christian outgunned Fallbrook, 351-187.

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