Friday, Nov. 16, 2012
Summerville falls to Los Banos in Round 1
By David Witte / firstname.lastname@example.org
With the first playoff hurdle out of the way in a 41-18 win over 12th-seeded Summerville, No. 5 Los Banos turns its eyes northward in preparation for a road game at fourth-seeded Capital Christian of Sacramento.
"They're 10-1, so that means they've beat some people," Los Banos coach Dustin Caropreso said. "They've got a running back that's really good and a guy that runs the fly. They don't throw the ball a whole lot. They're a little scary on offense because they control the ball."
Capital Christian's Quinton Kirk ran 31 times for 259 yards and five touchdowns, plus a two-point conversion, in Friday's 42-0 win over Modesto Christian. The senior has totaled 1,569 yards and 25 TDs on the ground this year. The other half of CC's two-headed rushing monster, sophomore Justin Shelton-Mosley, brought his season total to 1,088 yards with 83 against MC. He has 17 TDs.
"We like to run the football," Capital coach Phil Grams said. "We play defense and hold onto the ball as long as we can."
The Cougars haven't taken to the air often, putting up just 57 total pass attempts, with Matthew Berry completing 23 for 384 yards, 6 TDs and 4 interceptions.
Los Banos goes from facing Summerville's passing game to the ground game of CC. LB's defensive line was able to disrupt Summerville quarterback Jesse Roberson, racking up six sacks (3 for Nathan Vander Poel, 1.5 for Dretel Blackwell, 1 for Markus Rico and 0.5 for Joshua Priest).
"Their line is a little smaller than we're used to," Priest said. "So we were able to hammer down a little bit."
The possiblity of rain is in the forecast for Sacramento, but neither coach thinks that will favor one team over another. Grams said the field, though it is grass, still plays fast when wet.
"We have speed, so we like the field to be dry as well," Grams said. "It's just two really, really good teams that are, in my opinion, both well coached. This may be one of the underrated games on the schedule Friday."
Both coaching staffs have been watching plenty of film, and with the teams a combined 20-2 this season, both consider the opponent as dangerous as advertised.
"They're scrappy," Grams said. "They fly to the football, and they bring it every play."
Enterprise reporter David Witte can be reached by phone at 388-6565 or by e-mail at email@example.com