East County Sports

Historic Braves win third league game

El Cajon Valley's Kal-El Gordon reaches for the goal line against Mt. Miguel. / Vanilla Gorilla



East County Sports staff report

EL CAJON – The El Cajon Valley Braves continued to make history on Thursday night. This time, it came at the expense of the visiting Mount Miguel Matadors.

The Braves won a third Grossmont League football game for the first time in 17 years by defeating Mount Miguel, 47-32, in a Grossmont Valley League game at Priest Field.

El Cajon Valley also snapped an 11-game losing streak to the Matadors and the Braves set another high-water mark this century in scoring.

In this 2022 campaign — shaping up to be the Braves’ second-best season in the 21st century — this year’s club has racked up several accomplishments.

On Thursday (Oct. 13), ECVHS established a high point for points in a single game against a Grossmont Conference opponent, by tallying those 47 points.

The 47 points broke the previous 21st-century mark of 42, first set against West Hills in 2005, then equaled against Santana in 2009.

The total is also the most points scored by a Braves team in Grossmont League play since ECV put up 49 points against Grossmont in 1997, another of the Braves’ few but notable stellar seasons.

The Matadors opened the scoring on a 5-yard TD pass from Matthew Barton to Jeremiah Castillo on the game’s second drive.

Paris Dixon returned the ensuing kickoff 50 yards to the Matador 25.

The Braves cashed in with a 5-yard keeper by quarterback Darick Dubose.

Next possession, Castillo took a short screen for a 34-yard gain to the Brave 18.

Mount Miguel senior Antrell Burbidge finished the drive with a 2-yard TD run to put the Matadors back in the lead. Mount Miguel scored on each of its first two possessions.

Kal-El Gordon scored consecutive touchdowns for the Braves in the first half to tie the game, 13-all, then give the Braves the lead, 20-13, with another rushing touchdown just past the midway point of the second quarter.

Yasir Blair had two sacks in the first half for ECV. He had three sacks in the game.

Davian McGowan races with the ball on Thursday for Mount Miguel. / Vanilla Gorilla

A touchdown pass on fourth down from the 11 to Davian McGowan from Barton with 4:33 left in the first half brought the Matadors back as a wild one appeared to be shaping up. The extra point was no good as Mount Miguel tried to run it on a fake from kick formation but Castillo was stopped short by a group of Braves tacklers.

Minutes later, Dubose powered in from the 5 for a touchdown for the Braves. The extra point is good by Cristofer Gonzalez to make it 27-19 with :40 left in the first half.

Junior Chris Cosio had an interception at the goal line as the Matador quarterback scrambled right under pressure and chucked it to the end zone but came up short to send the game into halftime.

El Cajon Valley also had an interception at the goal line by Joseph Johnson IV in the third quarter.

From there, a 95-yard drive was capped off by Gordon scoring a TD. The extra point is good by Gonzalez and the Braves lead 34-19 with 3:40 left in the third quarter.

A key play on the drive came when the Braves converted a fourth and three on a quarterback keeper by Dubose.

Mount Miguel punched another one in as Castillo made a couple of runs at the end of the drive including the touchdown and El Cajon Valley led 34-26 in the fourth quarter.

A touchdown to Castillo in the corner of the end zone brought Mount Miguel within a two-point conversion of a tie game as the Matadors went for two but didn’t get it, as El Cajon led 34-32 with five minutes left in the game.

Behind some fine interior blocking, Gordon went in from 30 yards for a touchdown with 1:59 left. El Cajon led 40-32 as the extra point was short.

On the fourth and 34 after a sack and penalty, El Cajon Valley’s Paris Dixon records a pick-six.

Cosio had his second interception of the game in the end zone with seven seconds remaining.

The 2022 Braves have already set program high-water marks this century for margin of victory in a shutout (56-0 over Hoover) and the largest margin of victory in a league game (37-8 over Monte Vista).

The Braves are virtually certain to host a playoff game in the opening round of the Division V postseason.

Mount Miguel fell to 3-6 overall and 1-4 in the GVL.

El Capitan 45, Valhalla 0

RANCHO SAN DIEGO – El Capitan rushed for five touchdowns and passed for another in racking up a shutout win over the host Valhalla Norsemen in a Grossmont Valley League game on Thursday.

The Vaqueros opened their scoring ledger with a 15-yard pass. Jaylin Padilla caught a 15-yard TD pass from Brandt Barker.

El Capitan also had rushing touchdowns of 15, 3, 33, 13, 23, and 4 yards.

Laila Rodriguez kicked six point-after touchdown conversions.

Angel Diaz rushed for 121 yards and four of the touchdowns for El Capitan (6-2, 4-0 GVL).

Bruce Newland also rushed for a TD. Austin Cordeiro and Chance LaChappa had interceptions for the Vaqueros.

Aden Ramirez kicked a 39-yard field goal. Valhalla fell to 0-8 (0-4 GVL).

The Norsemen are 3-34 in their last 37 outings.

El Cap has out-scored Valhalla, 115-13, over their last three meetings.


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