SD Sect Special: Santa Fe Christian

Coach Brian Sipe firmly believes his No. 3 state ranked Div. V Eagles can compete with anyone in the San Diego Section and after a 36-0 homecoming drubbing of La Jolla Bishop's it's hard to argue with the former NFL MVP.

Thus Santa Fe Christian moves into the county top 15 for the first time this season at No. 14 overall. These are according to my own rankings that combines the two major polls of the county with my own input added on.

This past Saturday it was the Eagle defense that did most of the talking, pushing the Knights, who played without their injured starting quarterback, all over the field on both offense and especially on the defensive side of the ball.

Defensive lineman Casey Roel led the charge with three sacks and a forced fumble that led to a touchdown and a fumble recovery. Overall the Eagle defense was sparkling as Bishop's only had minus 35 yards rushing and minus 17 yards of total offense for the game. In fact, Santa Fe Christian never allowed the Knights to cross the mid-field stripe.

Offensively the Eagle's Wing-T was working to perfection as eight different runners combined for 200 yards. The early season loss to Christian, when the Eagles were without much of their offense due to injuries, is but a distant memory. After beefing up their schedule with games and victories over Coronado and other higher division opponents, Santa Fe Christian deserves to be acknowledged with other top teams in the section and looks to be an odds-on favorite to repeat as Div IV section champions.

In other small school action from the San Diego Section, Vincent Memorial (6-0), after a two-week layoff, the No. 6 state-ranked Div V Scots returned to action with a 33-21 victory on the road over Holtville. The Scots seem to be totally in control of Imperial Valley football. The question is can Vincent compete this year with Christian and Santa Fe Christian for the section Div IV (Small School) title. We'll soon find out.

8-Man Football

Julian (9-0) -- Thank goodness for the mercy rule. In just three quarters the No. 1 state ranked 8-Man squad's Brad Daugherty rolled for 251 yards on 18 carries with five TDs as the Eagles overwhelmed San Pasqual Academy 54-6.

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