In an amazing numbers game, No. 3-ranked Morse High routed Serra, 71-19, Friday afternoon in the City Eastern League football opener for both teams.
As if scoring 71 points wasn’t amazing enough, consider:
--High school football quarters are 12 minutes long.
--Morse trailed, 13-7, in the first quarter.
--Morse was shut out in the fourth period and still tied Lincoln and Imperial for the sixth-highest single-game point total in San Diego CIF history. Lincoln holds the record (82) in a shutout victory over San Francisco Wilson last year. Morse’s previous high was 69 against San Diego (19) in 1978.
Also consider Jesse Campbell and Jason Counts. Campbell rushed 17 times for 254 yards and 5 touchdowns. Counts carried 10 times for 132 yards and a touchdown. The offense rushed for 474 yards and gained 543 total yards.
When Morse (5-1, 1-0) did pass, Jimmy Rose completed 1 of 2 passes, including a 17-yard touchdown to Teddy Laurence. Mike Liera was 2 of 2 for 52 yards.
The Tigers also made 2 interceptions and returned both for touchdowns: one by linebacker Richard Andrews (36 yards), one by safety Darrell Lewis (51). Lewis also had a 63-yard touchdown run.
In the first quarter, Robert Hamilton put Serra (2-4, 0-1) ahead, 7-0, with a 1-yard run. On the next series, Counts ran 71 yards to tie the score.
Serra’s Derick Evans scored next on a 53-yard run. Morse then scored 36 points in the second quarter, giving them a 50-13 halftime lead.
In another City Eastern League games:
Point Loma 27, Mira Mesa 14--Slowly, the Point Loma football team has been rounding into shape this season. The defending San Diego Section 3-A champions were 2-3 earlier this week, but coach Bennie Edens pointed to his team’s tough nonleague schedule as the main reason.
Then came Friday’s City East League opener against No. 7 Mira Mesa.
Point Loma quickly regained much of its old form, as in 21 points in the first quarter. The Pointers, against the county’s top-ranked defense, scored 3 of the first 4 times they touched the ball. After that, the game wasn’t much of a contest.
On Point Loma’s first 2 offensive plays, Ron Lawson (who finished with 109 yards on 23 carries) went a total of 32 yards for a touchdown.
The Pointers forced Mira Mesa to punt again, and quarterback Danny White and receiver John Louis hooked up on a 30-yard touchdown pass to finish Point Loma’s second possession.
Smelling a kill, Point Loma recovered an onside kick following the play, but ended up punting. The Pointers then scored on their fourth possession when Pedro Torices caught a 7-yard pass from Lee Wiebleski.
All of this against an undefeated Mira Mesa team that had allowed 26 points in 5 games--an average of 5.2 a game.
City Western League
University City 23, Mission Bay 10--Trailing 10-0, University City (3-3, 1-0) scored 23 consecutive points to down Mission Bay (3-3, 0-1). The Centurions Darnes Taylor rushed for 200 yards on 21 carries and 2 touchdowns.
City Central League
Crawford 29, Hoover 18--Despite Tyrone Kennedy’s big rushing day, Crawford (3-3, 1-0) held on to defeat Hoover. Kennedy rushed 16 times for 245 yards for the Cardinals (2-4, 0-1) including touchdown runs of 97, 81 and 6 yards. Crawford’s Chris Johnson threw for 142 yards, completing 7 of 9 passes including an 86-yard touchdown to Eric Turner.
Lincoln 28, St. Augustine 8--Orlanzo Edwards rushed for more than a 100 yards for the fourth consecutive week, gaining 128 yards and 2 touchdowns. Quarterback David Drake threw for 2 touchdowns.
Christian 38, San Diego 7--Shawn Anderson rushed for 140 yards and David Jeremiah added 105 yards passing to lead Christian (4-2, 1-0). San Diego dropped to 0-5-1, 0-1.
Sweetwater 17, Hilltop 6--Tailback David Gibson scored on runs of 68 and 5 yards in the second quarter to lead Sweetwater in Chula Vista. Gibson rushed 24 times for 233 yards. Rene Chavira opened the scoring for Sweetwater with a 33-yard field goal. Hilltop quarterback Chad Boyd completed 19 of 33 passes for 131 yards, including a 5-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver John Barone for Hilltop’s only score. Sweetwater safety Tommy Yaotani blocked a Hilltop field goal attempt and a PAT attempt.
Montgomery 7, Mar Vista 6--Mar Vista couldn’t get its extra pint attempt off after it scored early in the fourth quarter. Mike Dorame threw a 36-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter as Montgomery (1-5, 1-2) led 7-0. Olin Palanca scored on a 4-yard pass from Stan Bettors for Mar Vista (2-4, 0-3).
Southwest 35, Bonita Vista 7--Southwest’s running game prevailed as Hubert Phillips and Jason Silva scored 5 times. Phillips rushed 17 times for 212 yards and scored on runs of 20 and 5 yards and a 98-yard kickoff return. Silva scored on runs of 8 and 27 yards and carried 14 times for 106 yards. Southwest (5-1, 3-0) quarterback Richard Delano completed 6 of 11 passes for 82 yards. Bonita Vista’s (3-3, 2-1) John Funke, who was averaging 210 yards a game rushing, was held to 86 yards on 25 carries. David Bennett had 2 interceptions for Southwest.
Carlsbad 14, Ramona 9--Thaddeus MacNeal capped a 70-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run with 1:14 remaining for Carlsbad (4-2, 1-2). Jason Waite’s 13-yard field goal with 11:25 to play had given Ramona a 9-7 lead. Troy Wood caught 6 passes for 132 yards for Ramona (4-2 and 1-2).
El Camino 29, San Marcos 7--Eric Robinson ran for 2 touchdowns and passed for another to lead 10th-ranked El Camino (5-1, 2-1) past host San Marcos (0-6, 0-3). Robinson scored on runs of 1 and 15 yards in the second quarter and passed 9 yards to Ricky Spears in the fourth quarter.
San Pasqual 35, Escondido 14--Andy Loveland ran for 2 touchdowns and passed for 2 more as No. 8-ranked San Pasqual (5-1, 3-0) won at home. Loveland rushed for 128 yards and completed 6 of 12 passes for 128 yards as San Pasqual rallied from an early 14-6 deficit. Paul Anthony returned the opening kickoff 85 yards to give Escondido (0-6, 0-3) a 7-0 lead.
3-A Grossmont League
Granite Hills 31, El Capitan 15--Brian Giles rushed for a school-record 264 yards on 30 carries and scored 3 touchdowns to lead visiting Granite Hills (4-2, 1-0). Giles scored on runs of 73, 1 and 5 yards. Giles broke the record held by Tom Vardell who rushed for 238 yards in 1986.
San Dieguito 29, Fallbrook 0--Todd Ortlieb kicked field goals from 28, 18 and 37 yards and converted 2 extra points as the No. 5 Mustangs (5-0, 2-0) shut out Fallbrook.
Torrey Pines 21, Mt. Carmel 20--Preston Bynes caught 5 catches for 86 yards and scored 2 touchdowns for Torrey Pines (3-3, 1-1). For Mt. Carmel (2-4, 1-2), John Tejcek rushed 35 times for 140 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Orange Glen 17, Helix 7--Fourth-ranked Orange Glen took advantage of several Helix mistakes to defeat the No. 6 Highlanders in Escondido. Helix (5-1) fumbled away its first three possessions and Orange Glen finally took advantage, scoring on a 34-yard drive as quarterback Cree Morris threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Sean Coy. Orange Glen then scored on a 90-yard drive with 62 yards coming on four Helix penalties. Morris hit Tim Richter with a 16-yard scoring pass as Orange Glen (6-0) led 14-0. Shannon Vinjie added a 34-yard field goal as Orange Glen led 17-0. Tory Winrow passed 13 yards to Rob Ippolito for Helix’ score. The touchdown was set up by a 53-yard interception return to the Orange Glen 11 by David Taylor, who had three pass interceptions.
Mt. Miguel 24, Valhalla 0--Gene Ethridge scored on a 50-yard run and Samuel Lee caught a 42-yard touchdown pass from Steve Lindley to lead Mt. Miguel (5-1). Jose Real kicked a 24-yard field goal as Mt. Miguel led 17-0 at the half. Victor Ware scored on a 6-yard run in the fourth quarter. Valhalla is 2-4.
Coronado 20, El Cajon Valley 13--Rich Bledsoe scored a touchdown, kicked 2 field goals and intercepted a pass with 20 seconds left to lead Coronado (2-4). El Cajon Valley is 1-5.