SD Game of the Week

Rancho Bernardo uses its big, strong offensive line to push around Torrey Pines and ranks as a solid No. 3 for the section.

With the strength of schedule in North San Diego County creating a situation where top teams are beating each other every week, the Rancho Bernardo Broncos would seem to be playing the most consistent football of all the Div I teams.

But for a couple of plays...and the services of junior lineman Chris Kolone (6'4" 275 lbs.) the Broncos could have upended Vista and still be undefeated. With Kolone at full strength along with seniors Nicholas Allotta (6'5" 260 lbs being recruited by San Diego State and Washington State) and Fred Amano (6' 290 lbs. being recruited by Sacramento State) Rancho Bernardo is pushing everyone around every week on both sides of the pigskin.

In last week's game vs. the big line of Torrey Pines that averages over 280 lbs. was only able to stay with the Broncos for a quarter before folding. The result was a convincing 29-9 undressing of Torrey, a victor over Vista last week, who unfortunately played without starting quarterback, Reilly Murphy, out indefinitely with mononucleosis.

Senior Bronco defensive back Scott Reifinger wreaked havoc on the Falcons, returning a blocked punt 14 yards for a TD to tie the game in the first half as well as bringing back an interception 11 yards for a score in the fourth quarter.

"We may not have the kind of skill players like a Long Beach Poly or De La Salle, but our line can hang with anyone," remarked coach Ron Hamamoto, a native of the Stockton area in his seventh season at the helm of the school off I-15 between Poway and Escondido.

Next week is a well deserved rest with a bye before finishing the season at San Marcos. A win there assures Rancho Bernardo of a share of the Palomar League title. The Broncos seem to be peaking just at the right time to be a definite force in the Div I section playoffs.

Maybe Vista can do it again...or maybe no one in the San Diego Section can beat these guys at the line of scrimmage.

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