Football: La Jolla High crushes Kearny High 32-3 amid fog and penalties
FOOTBALL: (School, Score)
• La Jolla High School Vikings, 32
• Kearny High Educational Complex Komets, 3
By Ed Piper
The La Jolla High Vikings kept their heads and their focus to defeat Kearny High 32-3 Nov. 8, 2013 in a bizarre football game to close out the regular season and prepare for the CIF playoffs.
Bizarre for two reasons: first, a fog descended on the field in the third quarter with La Jolla up 17-3 on a 66-yard catch-and-run play from Collin Rugg to Carlton O’Neal, eventually thickening to the point that the scoreboard clock was turned off because personnel in the pressbox could not see the action on the field well enough to start and stop the time.
Secondly, and sadly, officials had to call the game midway through the fourth quarter due to repeated unsportsmanlike conduct by a few Komets players. It was Kearny’s Homecoming game and tempers flew as penalties — and the score — mounted against Kearny.
The Vikings were only too glad to take their first win in the Western League, their fourth win against six losses overall, by again revving up their engine in the third quarter after a slow first half, as they have done on other occasions. La Jolla was rewarded with a bye in the first round of CIF Division 4 playoffs this Friday, Nov. 15, hosting the winner of the Mater Dei-El Cajon Valley game next Friday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m.
So were the adjustments La Jolla made, after struggling to a 10-3 halftime lead on an early bulldozing run by Reid Martin, then a 38-yard field goal by Trenton Fudge as time ran out on the clock to end the second quarter? Coach Jason Carter said a fiery Ian Beed spoke up in the locker room at halftime, “I’m ready, Coach, I’m ready to play,” and “Everybody kind of rallied behind him” to set their minds to doing what they do well in the second half. Beed, a 6-3, 215-pound senior defensive end, followed his words with action minutes later by scooping up a Kearny fumble on the five-yard line and running it in for a score only 25 seconds after Rugg’s strike to O’Neal to go up 25-3 with 9:25 left in the third quarter.
“The Venerable Beed” gushed after the decisive win, “I saw that ball kept bouncing out of people’s hands. I knew I had to get it. We needed that touchdown to secure this game.”
Carter let 225-pound senior Ronnie Griffen, normally a defensive lineman, carry in the two-point conversion. Griffen said of the chance to score a touchdown near the end of his high school career: “It was amazing.” On La Jolla’s Homecoming Night three weeks prior, Griffen donned the retired number 74 jersey to honor his former coach, Luis Moya, who passed away during the 2010 season.
Carter said of his halftime instructions, “I challenged the kids just to play a little harder than they did. We played sloppy football and we didn’t play our brand of football. We weren’t playing bad … but that’s not who we are.”
• Passing – Collin Rugg 8-16, 127 yards, 1 TD, 2 interceptions, 1 sack.
• Rushing – Reid Martin 20 for 92 yards, 1 TD. Carlton O’Neal 2 for 46 yards. Eric Tims 12 for 42 yards, 1 TD. Receiving – O’Neal 3 for 76 yards, 1 TD. Brandon Bonham 1 for 39 yards. Nic Skala 2 for 16 yards.
— DEFENSE: (tackles-assists) – Bret Schuman 7-2, 2 sacks. Tyler Smith 2-0, 2 sacks. Justin Cook 5-3. Anthony Stanley 3-5. Ian Beed 3-0, 1 fumble recovery, 1 TD. Da’Jour Tims 3-0. Nic Skala 2-0. Connor Hayden 1-2. Grant Miller 1-1. Jonathan Levenson 1-1. Eric Tims 1-0. Vail Miesfeld 1-0. Demarco Bland 0-2. Connor Walton 0-1.
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