THE BIG GAME : The Bear Changes Address : High school football: Wooden trophy goes to San Pasqual after its 17-12 upset of Orange Glen.


Orange Glen didn't appear on the football field until seven minutes before the scheduled kickoff Friday.

It took Orange Glen's offense considerably longer to make an appearance.

Seventh-ranked San Pasqual (3-0) scored a 17-12 nonleague upset of fourth-ranked Orange Glen (2-1) in front of about 4,500 who managed to squeeze into the stadium.

For the Golden Eagles, the victory over their neighborhood rivals was a long time coming. San Pasqual, only five minutes down the road from Orange Glen on Bear Valley Parkway, won The Bear, a perpetual wooden trophy that has spent seven of the past eight years hibernating at Orange Glen.

San Pasqual got the victory on the strength of its defense and a pair of third-quarter touchdowns.

Its two running backs, Jamon Buggs and DeSale Wallace, had combined to average more than 300 yards per game, but didn't come close to that number. But quarterback Ryan Hill made up most of the difference, rushing 11 times for 112 yards.

Though their offense showed little in the first half, gaining only 73 yards--most of that on Ryan Hill's 46-yard option carry--San Pasqual opened the third quarter with a 67-yard drive that took nearly seven minutes off the clock.

It ended when Buggs (19 carries for 75 yards) scored from one yard.

Then the defense made its contribution, Albert Castillo intercepting Brady Batten's pass on only their third play of the half. San Pasqual got the ball at the 47 and seemed to have everything going its way. When Wallace (10 carries for 37 yards) fumbled at the 12-yard line, Dario LaForte recovered it at the eight. Two plays later, Hill ran that option into the end zone from five yards.

Those scores overtook Orange Glen, which had scored on two Aaron Blake field goals in the first half.

The Patriots later scored with 11:20 in the game on a 26-yard screen play from Batten (seven for 19 for 108 yards with two interceptions) to Steve Rohlmeier, cutting the lead to 14-12.

However, Chris Whyte kicked a 42-yard field goal with 3:26 remaining.

Orange Glen appeared to have the edge in the first half and seemed to have the breaks fall its way. They recovered a fumbled punt and had first and 10 at the Eagle 15, but got nothing when the snap on the field-goal attempt was mishandled.

While San Pasqual failed to mount much offense against Orange Glen, its defense failed to break against the Patriots. After OG had a first down at the 20, the Patriots got to the 15 before David Mick tackled the running back for a four-yard loss. The Patriots settled for Blake's 37-yarder.

Batten was averaging 183 yards passing per game and fullback Joaquin Randall averaged 181 rushing, but the entire offense gained only 185 Friday.

"They forced us into a lot of errors," OG Coach Rob Gilster said. "We didn't play our best, but San Pasqual was a big reason for that.

"They wanted the game more. As a football coach, I hate to say that, but I think San Pasqual wanted the game more than we did."

Much of the defensive credit goes to San Pasqual linemen Josh Trowbridge (6-6, 200), Joel Marsh (5-9, 170), Tom Callahan (6-3, 225)and Jeff Moss (6-3, 190), who were dwarfed by Orange Glen's experienced offensive line but still harassed Batten.

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