Week 4 high school football action brings us to Santa Fe Christian this Friday with the Eagles welcoming the Mount Miguel Matadors to their home field.
After starting off the year 2-0, Santa Fe Christian (2-1) saw its perfect record fall with a 28-14 loss to La Jolla last week.
The Eagles have been finding great success on the ground this season, and play an old school style of ground-and-pound football. Through three games this season, four players have gotten at least 12 carries.
Three players – senior running back Blake Weeks, senior quarterback Kian Hogan, and junior running back Stephen Britton – have combined for 521 yards and four touchdowns. Senior tailback Jack Winters seems to handle a lot of the goal line carries, as he leads the team in rushing scores with three.
On the defensive side of the ball, you can expect senior linebacker Jack Hartung and senior defensive lineman Matthew North to be key in shutting down Mount Miguel’s run game on Friday. The two lead the team in tackles through three games.
Mount Miguel (1-1) started its season off with a closely-fought 40-34 loss against Patrick Henry.
The Matadors were down 18-0 at half but stormed all the way back and even took the lead at one point. That was due in large part to junior quarterback Jacob Laverdiere, who threw four touchdowns and ran for another, all in the second half.
The offense carried that momentum into last week’s game against Chula Vista in a 44-7 victory. Don’t be surprised if the Matadors’ air attack continues in full force at Santa Fe Christian on Friday night.
The Mount Miguel defense also stepped up last week, registering multiple sacks and two safeties against Chula Vista.
The Matador defensive front is going to have to step up and shut down the Eagles’ rushing attack, the main staple of Santa Fe Christian’s offense. Senior linebackers Jordan Williams and Julius Ford should have their noses in on every play for the Matadors.
The last time these two teams played each other was last year, which was a display of a whole lot of offense. That game saw Santa Fe Christian come out on top, 42-32, over Mt. Miguel. The Matadors will be looking for revenge come this Friday at 3:30 p.m.
For highlights, tune into the Prep Pigskin Report on KUSI Friday at 10:45 p.m.