Pointers poised to take on potent Madison squad in regular-season finale
by Scott Hopkins
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Point Loma High quarterback Branden Martin (No. 18) picks up yardage against Mission Bay during the 34-12 Pointer victory on Oct. 16. Blocking for Martin are Mark Nou (No. 68), Oscar Moya (No. 44) and Seth Irby (No. 74).                                           Photo by Scott Hopkins I The Beacon
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In the regular season’s final week, all three of Point Loma High School’s football teams will be playing for Western League titles against Madison High on Nov. 1 and 2.

Only the freshmen (7-1) will play on familiar Bennie Edens Field turf Nov. 1, taking on the Warhawks at 3 p.m.

The main event, a doubleheader, begins at 4 p.m. Nov. 2 with the undefeated (8-0) J.V. Pointers trying to put the bite on Madison before the varsity squad (7-2) square offs off with the Warhawks at 6:30 p.m.

This year, the Warhawks (8-1) are averaging 41 points in each victory, with a 42-28 loss to Valhalla (El Cajon) in week two this season. They will bring a seven-game win streak into this week.

The team is led by running back Pierre Cormier, who is being wooed by more than 20 Div. I universities. On the season, Cormier has totaled 1,300 yards on 113 carries, a whopping 11.5 average per touch and 163 yards per game. He has scored 14 touchdowns.

As a team, the ’Hawks average 9.6 yards per carry and 295 yards per game to complement 118 passing yards per game for 413 total offensive yards.

The Pointers, however, bring a six-game win streak to the game and counter with a strong defense and Jamal Agnew, who has earned a reputation countywide as a threat on offense as a running back and on defense as a bruising hitter. 

Agnew, a game-changing player, has 49 tackles and four pass interceptions on defense, while Zach Eischen and Grant Wilburn each have three interceptions.

Also looking to stop the Warhawks will be Pointer defenders like Greg Verdugo (76 tackles, 2 sacks) and Steven Arreola (67 tackles, 2 sacks).

Agnew has scored six touchdowns as a part-time offensive player and four more on defense and special teams, including punt returns (the longest 66 yards) and kickoff returns (the longest 85 yards).

Offensively, the Pointers offer running backs D.J. Lacy (661 yards, 7.7 yards per touch) and teammates Branden Martin (199 yards), Agnew (175 yards), A. J. Smith (172 yards) and Ja’Markus Watkins (153 yards).

The varsity showdown will be a repeat of last year’s final game, in which the Pointers ruined Madison’s dreams of an undefeated season when the two teams fought to a 13-13 tie in regulation. An overtime session, won by the Warhawks, was used for playoff seeding purposes only. 

That game was also played on Madison’s field in a constant rainstorm that limited each team’s performance. 


On Oct. 26, the Dogs traveled to Mission Bay and disposed of the Bucs 34-12 in a game with a beginning that left the Bucs stunned and in disarray.

The Pointers shocked their hosts, scoring 21 points in less than two minutes to open their Western League football game in what could only be called a textbook illustration of Murphy’s Law for the Bucs.

Mission Bay’s first mistake came when it booted the opening kickoff to Agnew, who promptly returned the ball 80 yards for a score and a 7-0 Pointer lead just seconds into the contest.

After a three-and-out possession by the hosts, the Dogs struck again, with Oscar Moya covering 44 yards on a nicely executed run to put the Dogs up 14-0.

Next, the Pointers used a short kickoff that caught the Bucs sleeping, with Pointer Avery Cramer covering the live ball. 

After Lacy raced 22 yards on the first play, A.J. Smith carried the pigskin four yards into the end zone, giving the visitors a 21-0 lead.

The elapsed game time for the early PLHS scoring drives: one minute, 58 seconds.

On the first play of the second quarter, Eischen picked off a Bucs pass attempt and the former quarterback showed his running skills, dodging and weaving for 66 yards before being brought down short of the goal line.

Several plays later, Moya covered the last yard for his second score and a 28-0 Dogs advantage.

After a scoreless third period, Pointer signal-caller Martin covered 39 yards on a keeper for the final score. A rare missed point-after kick by Miguel Alcantar left the Pointers with their final total.

The Bucs scored on a nine-yard pass play and a five-yard run, failing to convert both two-point conversions on a pass and run.


• The No. 2 jersey of former Bucs star Arian Foster was retired in a halftime ceremony. Foster, now playing for the NFL’s Houston Texans, is currently the leading rusher in pro football. He was able to attend the game because of the Texans’ bye week.

• Before Martin broke loose on his 39-yard touchdown run, he had two scoring dashes totaling 130 yards on the same drive called back by questionable holding penalties far behind play.

• Senior running back Johnny Maes underwent surgery for torn knee ligaments on Oct. 26 and was visited by team members after the game. They presented him with a signed game ball from the Homecoming game on Oct. 12 when he was injured.

• Mission Bay still plays on a natural grass surface without lights. They are hoping to have a new artificial turf field, track and lighting installed by 2014. The current scoreboard is in such poor condition that the numbers could not be read most of the game. It displayed game time as “8:99,” for example, and listed the ball as being on the “60-yard line,” which does not exist in football.

• If the Pointers maintained their opening pace (three touchdowns every two minutes) the projected score would be 504-0.

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