With its stifling defense swarming Mission Bay, the Dogs sent the Buccaneers sailing home a defeated crew after a 13-0 drubbing.
The visitors managed only 42 yards running and four yards passing in the Pointers’ second straight shutout of the Bucs (14-0 last season). The Bucs recorded only two first downs, both coming in a failed third-quarter drive.
The Pointers moved their overall record to 6-2 (3-0 in Western League) in preparation for the big Nov. 4 showdown at Madison for the league championship. The Bucs dropped to 3-4-1 overall (1-2 in league).
“Mission Bay’s not a bad team,” said Pointer head coach Mike Hastings after the game. “They have good athletes and good coaches over there and, truthfully, we knew it was going to be a battle. They weren’t pretty [the Pointers’ wins this game and last year over the Buccaneers], but we needed the win to stay perfect in Western League. To get to 3-0 was critical, and that sets us up for a very good game next week against Madison.”
The Pointers will need to take it up a couple notches if they have hopes of grounding the Warhawks, who are currently undefeated and averaging 40 points a game. Highly-rated quarterback Chase Knox has already thrown for 1,630 yards and 18 touchdowns with only four interceptions. On the ground, Pierre Cormier, who has scored 18 times, is just five yards short of a 1,000-yard season.
As a team, Madison is averaging 431 yards in offense per game.
Offensively against the Bucs, the Pointers posted 281 yards, but only found the end zone once as quarterback Branden Martin capped a 45-yard Point Loma drive with a one-yard run. The score came on the Pointers’ first possession of the game following a Buccaneers punt.
From that point, field goals by Felipe Soares (30 yards, second quarter) and Ruben Diaz (28 yards, third quarter) were all PLHS could muster.
Fullback Eric Bueno earned top honors for the Dogs with 73 yards on 13 carries. Jaivon Griffin (62 yards) and Morris Mathews (21 yards) added to the total.
Through the air, quarterbacks Sam Augustine and Martin shared duties. Augustine completed four of seven (61 yards) and Martin connected on two of three (49 yards). Neither was intercepted.
Three completions went to Matt Magers (49 yards total) while Tevin Heyward (23 yards), Mohsen Gharram (21 yards) and Griffin (17 yards) had one catch each.
Defensively, Ikeem Wright had a big game with six tackles and two sacks. Heyward (four tackles, one sack), Edmond Tucker and Steven Arreola (four tackles) also topped the charts. Dirk Lacy had an interception on the first play after the Bucs recovered a PLHS fumble.
Looking forward to the Madison battle, Hastings said, “We’ve just got to do our homework, and luckily I’ve got a great coaching staff. We break teams down (on video) very well and I know our kids will be well-prepared come next Friday night.”
Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. after the schools’ junior varsities meet in a 4 p.m. preliminary game.
BITS ‘N’ BITES:
• Both Point Loma (Christian Heyward) and Mission Bay (Dillon Baxter) have high-profile graduates playing for national power USC. That was until last week when Trojan head coach Lane Kiffin, in a national news story, announced Baxter was no longer a member of the team. Although a gifted running back, Baxter apparently wasn’t used to following team rules and was suspended almost immediately after arriving in 2010 amid much fanfare. Heyward, on the other hand, is red-shirting and has impressed coaches with his efforts and attitude as a defensive lineman, opening potential for a bright Trojan future.
• An injury to running back/defensive back Jamal Agnew is more serious than first thought. Agnew, a make-things-happen player, has been out for several weeks while healing.
• The Pointer junior varsity moved to
5-3 with a 44-12 trouncing of the Bucs in Mission Bay.
• The freshman Dogs team remained at 5-2 when Mission Bay forfeited their scheduled game.
• Mission Bay joins Lincoln as the second school on the Pointer schedule unable to field a freshman team. Many factors enter into this trend, with first-quarter classroom grades among the top reasons. Many schools must consolidate their junior varsity and freshman teams when younger athletes fail to meet eligibility standards.