La Jolla: 24 / Point Loma: 44 Vikings fight back Pointers, but not far enough on Oct. 18
Photos and Story By Ed Piper
Every boy playing sports dreams of playing for the Chargers or Padres. Closely following on that, it would be every boy’s joy to play for coaches who made it to a major college or the pros.
The La Jolla football team has the latter, giving them a glimmer of what it would be like to accomplish the former. In the high-achievement atmosphere that creates, there is a tension between expecting perfection and the reality of coaching high school players who are still kids. They need constant encouragement and a kinder touch.
The Vikings needed some of that encouragement at home Oct. 18 when they found themselves down 31-7 to Point Loma with 1:59 left in the first half. They were able to muster two touchdowns behind quarterback Collin Rugg with kinder, gentler coaching late in the third quarter to pull within 31-21 at 0:37.6 seconds on the clock. There was a momentum shift for a time in there.
But the Pointers (now 2-0 in the Western League, 5-3 overall) closed the door with their yard-eating wingbacks scoring, and eating up the clock through good ball management to finish 44-24. La Jolla lost its first league encounter while dropping to 3-4 on the season.
Senior noseguard Justin Cook, one of the leaders of the Viking defense, commented: “We should have come out stronger. We dug ourselves too deep in a hole.”
Said linebacker Anthony Stanley: “We all need to play together. We came out in the second half and gave our all on every single play. I see a bright future. We all just have to come together.”
La Jolla fought back in the third quarter on Rugg’s 15-yard pass to Brandon Bonham to make it 31-14 with 3:10 left in the quarter. After an onside kick by Sergio Ortiz failed, noseguard Justin Cook and linebacker Anthony Stanley dropped Point Loma for a loss on 3rd down and 13, forcing a punt. The Vikings then quickly scored again, this time on a bomb of 33 yards from Rugg to Bonham, and a 16-yarder between the two for the touchdown. La Jolla trailed only 31-21 with :26.1 seconds left in the third quarter.
La Jolla put up its first points in the second quarter, already down 24-0, on a 51-yard catch-and-run from the junior Rugg to fleet Nic Skala. The touchdown was set up by an excellent kickoff return by Eric Tims, who played both ways and added offense both on the ground and in the air.
Sophomore place-kicker Trenton Fudge rounded out the scoring for La Jolla with an 18-yard field goal at 6:05 of the fourth quarter. Rugg finished with 24 for 48 passing for 291 yards with two interceptions. La Jolla next plays Mission Bay at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 25, at home for Senior Night (honoring players who are seniors).
• STATS — Rushing: Reid Martin 6 carries for 55 yards. Receiving: Skala 5 catches for 83 yards; Bonham 5 catches for 83 yards; Carlton O’Neal 7 catches for 64 yards.
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