Roundtable press lunch: San Marcos intends to advance to CIF football qualifiers | Sports

It’s a win and you’re in it Friday night for the San Marcos football team.

The Royals play Santa Ynez in the Pacific View League final, and a win over the runner-up Pirates would make them eligible for the CIF-SS playoffs.

San Marcos are 2-2 in the league and 4-5 overall.

“Friday is an exciting game for us,” San Marcos sporting director Abe Jahadhmy said at the Santa Barbara Sporting Roundtable press lunch. “If we want to win this game against Santa Ynez, we’ll go to the playoffs. “

San Marcos has not made the playoffs since 2005.

The Royals will face a tough challenge against a Santa Ynez side who are 7-2, 3-1 in the league. His only loss in the league came from league champion Buena, who scored in the last game to beat the Pirates 25-19.

“It’s a solid football team, but we still have a chance to play like we did on Friday night,” said Jahadhmy, speaking on behalf of coach Ralph Molina.

The Royals beat Cabrillo, 40-0, and racked up over 400 yards in total offense. Running back Andre McCullough had 175 yards and three touchdowns, bringing his season tally to 1,275 yards and 12 touchdowns.

“He’s having a great year,” said the junior’s Jahadhmy.

Jahadhmy introduced Coleman McClintock and Camren Lugo.

Lugo is a defensive back / wide receiver “who, according to coach Molina, is one of the hardest-working players on the program. He competes in training every day and pushes the starters to work hard. He is also a key player in special teams, ”Jahadhmy said.

McClintock “is too short a lineman, but he’s tough for his size. He’s playing a defensive tackle. He was a little pissed off, but still finds a way to get back into the lineup, ”Jahadhmy said.


Coach JT Stone is happy that senior wide receiver Miguel Unzueta is in good health.

Embarrassed by a hamstring injury suffered early in the season, Unzueta had a decisive game in the Dons’ 45-17 Channel League win over Dos Pueblos, capturing five assists, including two for touchdowns.

“We were fortunate that he regained his health at the right time,” said Stone. “He went out and had a hell of a football game. We expect him to have another good game this week (against Rio Mesa). It just took him a long time. “

Unzueta, named Athlete of the Week, stood out during the abridged spring season.

“I’m just proud of the fact that he got to come out here and finish, because you all know hamstring injuries are hard to get over,” Stone said.

Wearing a Santa Barbara Golden Tornado sweatshirt (the Dons take the Golden Tornado nickname for the football playoffs), Stone said his team qualified for the playoffs with an overall record of 7-2 and a 3-1 Channel League record.

Before the last game, the Dons can either share the league title with Pacifica, finish in second place alone or in third place. The CIF-SS take the top three in a six-team league for the playoffs.

As for their playoff division, Stone said the Dons won’t know until Saturday. The divisions will be determined by the computer rankings of

“None of us know anything,” Stone said. “They will rank us at the end of this last game, and we hope to get a fair shot in this game.”

The playoff brackets will be released on Sunday.


Coach AJ Pateras said senior running back Cameron Lee has become the Chargers’ “bell cow” in offense, leading the team with nearly 800 rushing yards.

“(He would have) pretty much just carried the ball in his twenties, between 30 and 30 seconds, as many times as we could,” Pateras said of the running back.

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Sophomore Ryan Marsh, left, started as a quarterback for Dos Pueblos against Santa Barbara. Senior Cameron Lee has run nearly 800 yards this season. (Photo by Barry Punzal / Noozhawk)

The coach pointed out that Lee had not played football during his second and junior years. “We have learned a lot from him in such a short period of time, so I am delighted that he is finishing the school year on a high note.”

Sophomore Ryan Marsh was placed in the starting quarterback last Friday against Santa Barbara and stepped up his game after a difficult first half.

“He was thrown into the fire a number of times (during the season), struggled but then showed signs of what he could do,” Pateras said. “Friday night he struggled through the first half and then he started to feel comfortable as the game progressed.”

The Chargers (2-7, 0-4) face another tough test on Friday against a talented Lompoc side (4-5, 1-3) who play to hit the .500 mark and become playoff eligible .

“They have extreme talent in the skill positions, so we’re going to have our hands full there. But we are excited for the test, the challenge and the opportunity to finish our season, ”said Pateras.


The Vaqueros (4-2, 2-1) saw their four-game winning streak shattered at LA Valley, 34-30, and two home players were injured in the game, coach Craig Moropoulos reported.

Cyrus Wallace, a second-year receiver from Dos Pueblos, suffered a dislocated shoulder, and Josh Brown, a first-year catcher from San Marcos, has a possible concussion, the coach said.

LA Valley made up for a 24-7 deficit to beat the Vaqueros, 34-30, on a touchdown with nine seconds left.

“We felt great about going into it, but things are happening and you just have to face it,” said Moropoulos. “You have to move on, and moving on this week means we have to face Antelope Valley, who is the best in the conference.

“It will be a big challenge for us, but we will work hard to prepare for it.”

The match is Saturday at 6 p.m. at La Playa stadium.


Assistant coach Moki Nacario brought in Greta Mixon and Mia Sanders from the women’s team and men’s riders Drew DeLozier, Andreas Dybdahl. They all competed in the Mt. SAC Invitational last weekend and will head to the Santa Barbara County Championships on Wednesday in Lompoc.


Coach Martha Blackwell praised the work ethic and leadership of Hannah Masri and George Nicks.

“Hannah comes to train, works hard and has a lot of spirit,” Blackwell said. “She created team cheer for our team and encourages all the young runners.”

On Nicks: “George is a role model too, doesn’t complain about the harder workouts and goes all out.”

The Owls are preparing for their league final at Lake Casitas on November 4th.


The Owls have a chance to secure a place in the CIF-SS 8-a-side playoffs, sporting director Matt Steinhaus said.

Laguna Blanca, who has played freelance this season, beat an LA charter school called Teach Tech, 36-6 last week.

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Rhys Zemeckis, left, and Harrison Jones played big games for Laguna Blanca in a 36-6 win over Teach Tech in 8-a-side football. (Photo by Barry Punzal / Noozhawk)

“We’re 3-2 this season, so we’re in a good position to get that package deal,” he said.

The Owls end the regular season at Rolling Hills Prep in San Pedro.

“They’re tough, but we’re ready,” said Steinhaus, who introduced seniors Rhys Zemeckis and Harrison Jones.

Zemeckis had his best game of the season against Teach Tech, capturing two touchdown passes.

“We’re looking forward to a solid end to his senior year, and we’re hoping to make some noise in the playoffs with a player like Rhys among our senior leaders,” said Steinhaus, reading coach Matt Escobar’s notes.

Jones is the lifeblood of the team that never stops and never gives up, according to Escobar. “He always finds a way to access football from his nose guard position.”

Jones had a big game last Saturday, registering 12 tackles and scoring a defensive touchdown. He forced a fumble, caught in the air and ran it back 5 yards for the score.

He also does “a great job protecting the quarterback on the weak side of the offensive line,” Escobar reported via Steinhaus.


Juniors Ellie Gleason and Luci Koroshec, the second runners in the Channel League leader girls and boys Charger teams, did well at the Mt. SAC Invitational.

Gleason was second for DP in the 3-4-5 division girls ‘draw race, while Koroshec was first for the boys’ team in the 3-4-5 D race.

“We’ve been invited to both of these races so it’s a great accomplishment for these runners,” said co-coach Jen Brown.

She said Gleason and Koroshec are traditionally slow starters in a race, “but you can’t count them. They are so strong and they always come from behind.

The Chargers compete at the Santa Barbara County Championships Wednesday in Lompoc.

The DP girls moved up to sixth place in the latest CIF-SS Division 3 poll.


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Andriy Alvarado and Carel Bautista are two promising freshmen for the Carpinteria cross country team. (Photo by Barry Punzal / Noozhawk)

Freshmen Carel Bautista and Andriy Alvarado are two student athletes that assistant coach Noe Gomez is excited to invest time and energy in development over the next three years.

Gomez worked with Bautista’s older brother almost 10 years ago.

“It’s really fun to work with a family of long-time athletes who have continually been a game-changer for Carpinteria athletics,” said Gomez. “And it’s great to have Carel on the team because she’s always very reliable, she always arrives at training on time, always gives the best of herself and continually encourages her teammates.”

On Alvarado, Gomez said he asked a lot of questions about cross country before deciding to make the team.

He continues to ask questions in training.

“He always asks the coaches questions and always encourages the teammates,” Gomez said. “One of my favorite things to do with Andriy is going around meetings and pretending to interview people and ask them how they are feeling. I keep encouraging him to blog and put it on YouTube.


Assistant coach Chris Hanessian reported that the men’s and women’s teams performed well at the William Jessup Invitational in Rocklin over the weekend.

The Westmont women, ranked 22nd nationally, finished second and beat a higher ranked team. The men’s team, ranked 27th, finished fourth in the race and beat a team ranked in the top 25.

The Warriors will then compete at the GSAC Championships in Santa Clarita next week, hoping to earn spots at the NAIA National Championships.

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