East County Sports

RedHawks, Norsemen suffer shutouts

Mountain Empire against Mission Bay on Friday. / P.J. Panebianco

2021 EAST COUNTY PREP FOOTBALL

 

 

EastCountySports.com staff report

 

 

MISSION BAY 49, MOUNTAIN EMPIRE 0

MISSION BAY – The Bucs’ Clash Orsborn threw for 393 yards and five touchdowns against the RedHawks.

The RedHawks were limited without the services of their top impact player – senior Larry Clark.

Clark suffered a fractured wrist in the loss to Holtville.

The injury was suffered during the game but Clark finished that contest.

Nikai Lindholm led the RedHawks against Mission Bay with an interception and eight tackles.

Mountain Empire had just 97 yards of total offense against the Bucs.

Cody Whitehead, a senior, had five receptions from sophomore quarterback Corey Vann and finished with 43 yards of total offense.

Vann hooked up with Mannix Gonzalez for a 25-yard connection.

Senior inside linebacker Pedro Castaneda had seven tackles to Mountain Empire.

“With the adversity in our faces, we had nothing to do but play our hearts out,” Castaneda said. “We’ve lost several key players that form a huge part of our offense, so all we could do was go out there and try our hardest. It was a tough game and we couldn’t really take any breaks because of our (short roster). It’s not the outcome we wanted, but we are going to play hard regardless of the opponent.”

Laskey, a while defensive end, had six stops and five hurries.

“This was my first week back from an injury so I definitely thought I could’ve played a lot better,” Laskey said. “I’m excited to great back to practice and learn from our mistakes.”

The RedHawks can bounce back with a competitive matchup on Friday against visiting Crawford High, in what could be a closely-rated contest, especially if the RedHawks still aren’t at full strength.

“It was a rough one,” Mountain Empire coach Ricky Prince said. “We got off to a very slow start and never really got going. Unfortunately, we had four key players out. Larry Clark, Rodrigo Gonzalez, and Wyatt and Hunter Morgan. Our bright spots on defense were Pedro Castaneda and Landon Laskey.”

 

MT. CARMEL 38, VALHALLA 0

EL CAJON – The Norsemen were no match for one of the hottest clubs in the section at any level in the Sundevils.

Mt. Carmel couldn’t be stopped, really, posting a 31-0 lead at halftime.

Mt. Carmel averaged eight yards per play.

Senior Harmon Shamo had an interception and three tackles for Valhalla.

For Valhalla, Mubein Abbas and Randall Shamon both had tackles for loss for Valhalla when the Sundevils were in the red zone in the third quarter.

Sophomore linebacker Dominic Silva had five tackles and an assist for Valhalla.

Junior Dylan Kasyouhannon had a fumble recovery on a muffed punt in the fourth quarter for the Norsemen. He also had two tackles and an assist.

Valhalla sophomore running back Dustin Avant had 16 carries for 59 yards.

Valhalla junior A.J. Cornthwaite had three receptions for 38 yards and also had a 27-yard kickoff return.

Senior Josh Aboytes and junior Christian Estiefanos had pass break-ups for the Norsemen.

Valhalla fell to 1-3, while Mt. Carmel improved to 4-0.

 

ARMY AND NAVY ACADEMY 27, FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN 6 – The Knights closed the gap on the Warriors from a season-opening defeat, although this loss was the one that officially counts in the league standings, as play got underway.

Foothills Christian junior receiver Jayden Gascon had five receptions for 53 yards. He also had an interception on defense.

Freshman Ben Hernandez completed 10-of-17 passes for the Knights.

Senior Hunter Dillon had two of the Knights’ six sacks in the game.

Army-Navy had only eight other pass attempts, meaning Foothills got to the quarterback on almost half of the opponent’s drop-backs.

Freshman Kameron Brown had an interception for the Knights.

Sophomore Dylan Koenig forced and recovered a fumble for Foothills.

Junior Colin Perot had 10 tackles for FCHS.

Junior Trey Clark had six solo stops for Foothills.

The Warriors rushed for over 300 yards in this one.

The Knights will host Hoover at Seau Field on Friday.

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