Santa Fe Christian rips Hornets 56-6

October 29, 2001|By ROBERT FULTON, Special to this newspaper

SOLANA BEACH — This little community just north of San Diego witnessed the collision of two worlds when Calipatria High School met Santa Fe Christian for a football game here Saturday.

One side saw a public school with a 6-2 record from a small farming community located in the Imperial Valley, and on the other side stood an undefeated 7-0 private school ranked No. 1 in the state in Division V with recruited players within miles of the ocean.

The Calipatria Hornets learned some harsh realities about life as they were pounded by the Eagles 56-6.

"What it shows you is a good recruited private school versus a mediocre public school, that's what it shows you," said Calipatria head coach Stuart Black. "They've got six or eight high schools around here to chose from. They have an excellently recruited, professionally coached team. They have 12 coaches on their staff versus a mediocre public school."


Two of Calipatria's main problems were turnovers and penalties. Quarterback Vontray Taylor had a rough afternoon, throwing five inceptions and posting only 55 yards. The Hornets committed 10 penalties for 85 yards.

Additionally, Calipatria could not get much going on offense. Jacob Steele ran for 29 yards and a touchdown and Zach Taylor had 28 receiving yards.

The Hornets' only score came in the third quarter when Steele ran in the ball from 23 yards out.

The Eagles were led by Chase McBride, who made the endzone his second home with five touchdowns, three receiving and two rushing. He finished with 116 yards receiving and 89 yards on the ground. Isaac Boyd added two touchdowns for Santa Fe Christian.

Black had nothing but praise for Santa Fe.

"They're an excellent team," he said. "They're excellently coached. They have great skill position players, and they're well-coached."

Early on, the contest looked like it was going to be competitive as the teams were scoreless for the first nine minutes of play.

Then the flood gates opened. Santa Fe's first score came when Boyd ran in the ball from a yard out, making the score 7-0. Another touchdown from a yard away was scored, this time by McBride to increase the Eagles' advantage to 14-0 at the end of a quarter.

Santa Fe added three more touchdowns in the second quarter.

Boyd scored his second touchdown from two yards away. Then McBride caught two touchdown passes from Paul Kirwan of 37 and 35 yards, respectively. The score at halftime was Santa Fe 35, Calipatria 0, and the Hornets were already out of it.

The Hornets did out-play the Eagles in the third quarter, outscoring the opposition 6-0 for 12 minutes when Steele galloped in from 23 yards away.

In the fourth quarter, Santa Fe resumed lighting up the scoreboard. McBride found the endzone two more times in the final period. The first came off of a 10-yard run, the second a 34-yard pass from Josh Bonine on a half-back pass.

Tyler Baldridge finished off the scoring with a 16-yard run, and the carnage was over at 56-6.

The loss was a learning experience for Calipatria, but the Hornets (6-3) should be back on their feet for their game at Army/Navy on Nov. 10.

"They're OK," Black said of his team. "It's a non-conference game. It's just a venture we took about to see where we might be. We're definitely not there. We need a ton of work."

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