The win puts the Pointers (4-3 overall) at 1-0 in Western League play. The Komets drop to 1-5 overall and 0-1 in league.
Once an elite prep team in San Diego County, the Komets forfeited two of their scheduled three games against the Pointers last week, apparently for lack of players.
While the Pointers were able to arrange a visit to Coronado to play the freshman game, the Komets committed a huge violation of ethics by simply not showing up at Pete Ross Stadium for the Oct. 10 3 p.m. junior varsity kickoff.
A crew of game referees, athletic trainers, administrative staff, an ambulance, open snack bar and a crowd of students and parents awaited the Komet team, leaving the Pointers on the hook for an estimated $500, plus concession revenue in costs.
The PLHS athletic department has contacted district officials seeking re-covery of these funds from the Komets.
In the varsity game, played at Madison High while Kearny’s field undergoes much-needed improvements, the teams put up identical 21-7 halves in reaching the final score.
It was Dirk Lacy’s 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown that ignited the Pointers and dimmed any hopes the Komets had for an upset win.
“The kickoff return by Lacy was huge,” said Pointer head coach Mike Hastings. “You know anytime you get a special teams spark like that the whole team feeds off it.”
Lacy’s return came after the Komets had scored to close the gap to 14-7 with 3:42 left in the first half.
The Pointers opened the game by taking the kickoff and executing a lengthy drive of nearly eight minutes (of the 12-minute quarter) that ended with Lacy’s short jaunt into the end zone for a 7-0 lead.
The Komets gifted the Pointers their second score when, after the Dogs’ defense held the Komets on their first possession, the long snap on a punt attempt skidded on the ground. The punter picked up the ball, but his run was ended at his own 16-yard-line.
From here, Jalen Griffin made quick work of the miscue, sweeping to his left, narrowly staying inbounds as he crossed the goal line on the first play to double the Pointer lead to 14-0, both scores coming within 1:30.
The Komets opened the second half with a drive of their own that featured a 40-yard run and 25-yard pass play that brought them within 21-14, but was to be their final score.
This time, it was a shanked punt that went out of bounds at the Kearny 25-yard line, giving the Pointers another very short field.
From here, the Dogs covered the distance, the touchdown coming on a lofted pass from Gavin Grady to Jake Wambaugh in the left corner of the end zone from five yards out with 2:13 left in the third quarter.
On the ensuing kickoff, deliberately kicked short, the ball was recovered by the Pointers and taken in, again on a short field, for their fifth score.
This drive ended on the first play of the fourth quarter when Lacy scored for the third time on a short run to build the lead to 35-14 with 11:56 remaining in the contest.
The Pointers scored again on their next drive when, on a fourth-down play from the nine-yard line, Grady tossed a screen pass to Lacy in the left flat and the senior dodged several attempted tackles to score his fourth touchdown of the game that provided the final margin.
With 8:45 still to play, Pointer reserves were given an opportunity to build playing time and perhaps some stories to tell their grandkids.
“We worked some things out offensively in the second half and found some things we could improve on and did. I was proud of our kids,” Hastings said.
Next up tomorrow night on Oct. 18 is the annual rivalry game for “The Shoe,” a once-proud trophy made using an actual football shoe left on the field after one of the earlier games in the series.
The actual trophy now reportedly resides with the widow of a La Jolla football coach who passed away. An “imitation” trophy has been held by the Pointers for a number of years.
The Vikings are 3-3 with wins over Valley Center, Santa Fe Christian and Coronado. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m..
Scripps Ranch deals Pointers 17-10 defeat
One week earlier, the Pointers amassed 268 yards in offense, yet didn’t find the end zone until the fourth quarter in a 17-10 loss at Scripps Ranch in a non-league game.
At halftime, the Dogs were down 3-0 on a Falcon field goal, but even with adjustments, Birds’ running back Sky-ler Ray scored on runs of 16 and 32 yards to put his team up 17-3.
A fourth quarter run of 37 yards by Griffin gave the Pointers their only touchdown.
Lacy recorded 113 yards on 17 carries while the defense was led by Dan O’Beirne (nine tackles) and Cole Kidd (eight). Sacks were recorded by Kidd and Wambaugh.
Jonathan Cook picked off his team-leading third pass.
• Pointer defender Jake Virissimo was diagnosed with a torn ACL and has already undergone surgery.
• The Falcons entered the game at
3-1 under third-year head coach Joe Meyer, son of Herb Meyer, who holds the San Diego County record for most wins (338) by a football coach.
• Herb Meyer, Point Loma legend Bennie Edens (241) and Kearny’s coach Birt Slater (134) have a combined total of 713 victories between them.
• Slater’s Komets and Edens’ Pointers were bitter rivals from 1959-1977 when they coached against each other. Slater attended Edens’ funeral in 2008. Slater passed away Sept. 3 at the age of 89.