East County Sports

Patriots, Matadors thrill at SDFNL game

Christian players huddle before the 2017 SDFNL Kick Off Classic in La Jolla on Saturday.


SDFNL KICK OFF CLASSIC at La Jolla Country Day


By Ramon Scott



LA JOLLA – While practically every team schedules some type of game-like scrimmage before the opening week of the season, the SDFNL Kick Off Classic has become recognized as the unofficial opening of the high school football season in San Diego.

This year’s seventh rendition of the charity event featured games spread out over two evenings at La Jolla Country day and received enough canned goods to feed nearly 100 families.

Three teams from the East County were featured in the event, playing over the final two games of the series.

Unlike some controlled scrimmages around the county this weekend, the SDFNL event is played under near regular-season conditions. The only difference is that the quarters are 11 minutes instead of 12.

El Capitan closes in on an Eastlake ball carrier Saturday night. / photo by Billy Ortiz

The event concluded on Saturday evening with Christian outlasting Mount Miguel, 41-26, behind five touchdown passes from senior BRAD JEREMIAH.

The Patriots rolled up a 21-0 lead in the first quarter as their offense appeared in mid-season form.

Jeremiah hit junior running back BRYCE RIEPL with a short pass that was run into the end zone for a 15-yard score.

The Patriots JESSE MATTHEWS, a senior, hauled in a 6-yard and a 13-yard reception for a score for the three-TD lead.

Christian junior back ALEXANDER GONZALES had a 93-yard touchdown run the end the scoring.

Mount Miguel senior SHEMAR GREENE scored on a 66-yard reception that brought the Matadors back to within 35-19 in the third quarter.

Greene scored on a nine-yard touchdown pass from senior MUGABEE MILLER in the second quarter to send the game 28-13 into halftime.

Matadors senior SANTINO PACHECO had a 37-yard touchdown reception to close the score to 35-26 in the fourth quarter to make a comeback seem a reality.

Christian’s ALONZO RICHARDSON, an impressive looking sophomore, had a 56-yard touchdown reception from Jeremiah to make it 35-13 in the third.

Mount Miguel senior JARVIS HEARD had a 37-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter to get the Matadors on the scoreboard.

Matthews hauled in a 21-yard touchdown in the second quarter as the Patriots went up by three touchdowns once again.

Earlier, Eastlake sent notice that it should be improved on its lackluster record from last season, defeating El Capitan, 41-7.

El Capitan scored in the second quarter on a 26-yard run, as the score was 21-7 at halftime.

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