It looked like the Diablos were in danger of blowing a prime opportunity after driving deep into SC territory at the end of the first quarter.
A illegal procedure penalty and a tackle for a loss brought up a third-and-15. Not a problem. Allan Bridgford found two-way star Alex Mascarenas for a 33-yard TD pass to push the Diablos lead to 14-3 with 11:04 left in the half. That capped a 6-play, 48-yard drive.
Key play: Marshall’s 20-yard run at the end of the first quarter.
Note: If the Tritons don’t get any pressure on Bridgford, they will be in serious trouble.
MV linemen Alex Stamos and Marc Millan sacked Duke DeLancellotti for a 6-yard loss to bring up a third-and-14 for SC. The Tritons were unable to convert on third down and were forced to punt.
MV proceeded to drive 64 yards in eight plays to take a 21-3 lead with 5:14 left in the half.
Alex Mascarenas made a spectacular 6-yard run on an end-around play. It looked like SC had sniffed out the play, but Mascarenas put on some nice moves to keep the Diablos moving in a positive direction.
FB John Akiba capped the drive with a 9-yard run up the middle. RT Richard Sandoval had another huge block to creat a massive hole for Akiba, who went virtually untouched into the end zone.
Key play: Allan Bridgford let go of a pass as he was getting hit. It tipped off the hands of MV RB Dallas Kessman and into the hands of sure-handed WR Kevin Chandler for a 13-yard gain to the SC 11-yard line.
Note: This game is in danger of being put in the refrigerator if SC has no response.
Never count out the Tritons even though I almost did. SC responds wit a 10-play, 80-yard scoring drive.
On third-and-5 from the MV 13, Duke DeLancellotti found Dominick Ela on a swing pass for TD. That cut MV’s lead to 21-10 with 2:16 left in the half.
Key play: Ela made an amazing one-handed catch for a 28-yard gain that got the Tritons to MV’s 18.
Note: Did SC leave too much time on the clock for MV to get a quick score before halftime? We’ll see.
SC did leave too much time on the clock for MV’s quick-strike offense.
The Diablos moved right down the field on a 7-play, 74-yard drive to push the lead to 28-10 with 1:07 left on the clock.
Jake Marshall broke a 45-yard run to SC 29-yard line.
Marshall picked up 9 yards on a third-and-four play to get to the 12-yard line.
Allan Bridgford connected with Kevin Chandler on an 8-yard gain.
On first-and-goal from the 1-yard line, FB John Akiba powered it in for his second TD of the game.
Key play: MV went for a halfback option pass that was almost picked off by SC’s Aaron Jones. Instead of SC taking over at the 20, MV ends up going in for the score.
Note: SC still unable to get any pressure on Bridgford, and that’s mainly due to the O-Line blocking and the establishment of the Diablos running game early on. SC doesn’t know if MV is passing or running on any given play.
It looked like SC had something gone after Duke DeLancellotti connected with Graham Tenney. But MV’s Alex Mascarenas tattooed him at the 47-yard line to force a fumble. MV’s Colton Fitch made the recovery with under a minute to go in the half. MV was unable to put any more points on the board.