Desert Ridge QB Kevin Pantastico had a big night against Marcos de Niza, especially in the first half. Pantastico shredded the Marcos defense like he was playing 7 on 7, but no matter what he did, Marcos always had an answer as the Padre's speedy set of skill players hit plays all night.
In the second half, Desert Ridge moved into Marcos territory twice early, but the Jaguars could not convert. Taking advantage of the situation, Schira hit receiver Tevin Newell for an 81 yard score. Padres up 21-14.
Early in the fourth, Schira would strike again, this time on a skinny post to ultimate playmaker Ramon Abreu. The touchdown bumped the score to 28-14. Two minutes later, Desert Ridge countered as Pantastico hit mighty mite Buck Deleon for a quick pass and score. The PAT failed. 28-20. Padres
With the game tightening, Abreu struck once again, this time on a highlight reel 30 yard run in which Abreu shook tackles, darted and then dove into the end zone. With the extra point, Marcos held a solid 35-20 lead with five minutes left to play. Pantastico and crew attempted to come back one last time and things looked promising as Pantastico connected with big junior Sam Papa, getting ball to the Marcos 30. A timely sack by Roy Garcia dashed the hopes of a comeback as Marcos prevailed to stay undefeated at 5-0.
Marcos de Niza has too many players and too much speed not to be dangerous. Desert Ridge stayed tough, but the Padres had an answer every time.
Schira delivered, Rodriguez made big plays in the first half, but it was Abreu whose two second half scores put this on away.