By Jim Tortolano
In a game that – it seemed – there were nearly more penalties than points, Pacifica’s dreams of an Empire League football title were thrown for a loss. The Mariners suffered their first defeat of the season and lost 45-14 to Tustin High Friday night at Bolsa Stadium in a contest between the two teams most likely to contend for the crown.
Observers were predicting a close contest between evenly matched teams, but it didn’t quite turn out that way. The Tillers (4-2 overall now) jumped out to a 21-0 lead and the Mariners (5-1) never got closer than 14 points after that.
Hampered by penalties and the temporary sidelining of quarterback Darius Cowens, the Mariners could never really get their powerhouse offense rolling.
Two big plays put the visitors up early. Patrick Bassily ran for a 63-yard touchdown for the Tillers, who followed that with a 61-yard pass play for a 14-0 lead. After quarterback Tobey Schmidt capped a Tustin drive with a 2-yard romp up the middle at the eight-minute mark of the second quarter, the lead was 21-0.
Pacifica finally got on the board seven minutes before intermission when Cowens connected with Jordan Ross for a 21-yard touchdown to pull within 14 at 21-7.
In the third period, the Tillers again concocted a big play, a 58-yard touchdown pass to go up 28-7. But Pacifica had a long-distance score of its own on a 63-yard TD pass from Cowens to Jeremiah Ingram to make to 28-14 after the conversion.
That would be the high-water point for the Mariners. The visitors scored two more touchdowns and added a 40-yield field goal by Mauricio Parada to cap the scoring.
Pacifica will be back in action next Friday with an away game against Valencia. The Tigers are 0-5 going into Friday’s game against the Kennedy Fighting Irish.
Argonauts crush Godinez, 70-0
Continuing last week’s scoring spree, Garden Grove High’s football team romped to a 70-0 non-league win over Godinez Fundamental High Friday night. Combined with a 50-0 win over Los Amigos on Sept. 24, the Argonauts have outscored their last two opponents by a margin of 120-0.
Vany Rodriguez threw five touchdown passes in the first quarter as Grove jumped out to a 35-0 lead that would grow to 49-0 before the quarter ended. The Argos added three more rushing touchdowns later, but took the foot off the pedal after halftime with only a 7-0 advantage.
Grove (4-2) will next be in action in Norwalk on Friday against Glenn High (2-4).
Friday night football results
- Tustin 45, Pacifica 14
Orange Coast League
- Orange 57, Costa Mesa 6
- Garden Grove 70, Godinez 0
- Marina 42, Salesian 30
- Katella 45, Westminster 6
- Huntington Beach 42, Fountain Valley 7
- Mater Dei 42, St. John Bosco 21.
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