Spotlight on seniors - El Camino's Rosario too much for Warriors


Last updated 11/8/2007 at Noon

On Friday, November 2, also known as “Senior Night,” the Fallbrook Warriors faced the El Camino Wildcats and tried to capture their first league win.

The Warriors played hard, as they had chances to pull off the upset, but in the end mistakes cost them the game. The final score was El Camino 26, Fallbrook 13.

The Warriors challenged the Wildcats through the end of the third quarter, but after a few mental lapses and great special teams by El Camino, the Warriors were defeated. The team showed their potential, yet the size of the Wildcats and the presence of UCLA-bound Nelson Rosario proved too much for the young Warriors.

The first quarter began with the Wildcats driving down the field easily to take the early lead of 7-0. Fallbrook received the ball and began a drive led by Saber Youman, yet they fell short and Rogelio Zamudio punted the ball away.

The next El Camino possession was stymied by the Warrior defense, led by an outstanding sack for a loss of 12 yards by Lyle Ducker. The Warriors fell short of the end zone on the next possession as well, when an interception by Rosario ended the drive and set up the Wildcats for an easy score. After a blocked PAT, the score was 0-13 to end the first quarter.

Fallbrook acquired the ball from the kickoff and began a long drive highlighted by a 22-yard pass from Youman to Dewayne Mitchell; yet another interception in the end zone ended this drive.

The Warrior defense stepped up again on the next Wildcat drive as Brian Long sacked El Camino quarterback, Colton Morrison, for a loss of 13 yards, giving the ball back to the Warriors for once last chance to score before halftime.

Fallbrook came out throwing on the next possession as Youman hailed a 52-yard pass on a fly pattern to Marquis Sumpter with less than two minutes remaining. After a pass interference call on the Wildcats, a few running plays set up Mitchell Salazar with a one-yard run for the touchdown to make the score Warriors 7, Wildcats 13.

The Warriors received to begin the second half. They mixed the play calls up and had a few solid runs and passes but were stalled in field goal range. They called on Zamudio to kick a field goal, but the kick got blocked, giving the ball to the Wildcats.

El Camino began to gain yards on the Warrior defense but an outstanding interception by Cormac Keenan stunned the Wildcat crowd. The Warrior offense sparked on the next possession when Youman completed a 63-yard pass to Nick Hayes.

However, the Warrior offense was stalled inside the Wildcat 10 and turned the ball over after they could not convert on fourth down. This play ended the quarter and gave the Wildcats a long field ahead of them.

The Wildcats started the drive from their own five yard line and the defense of Fallbrook forced them to punt, setting up the offense in good field position. The Warriors took three plays to pound the ball into the end zone, highlighted by a 19-yard pass from Youman to Hayes for a touchdown. However after a missed PAT, the score was tied at 13-13.

El Camino responded as Rosario took the assuming kickoff all the way to the Warrior one yard line. This great special team play set up the Wildcat score. El Camino tried for a two-point conversion, but Jake Ware tipped the ball to make the score 19-13 with plenty of the fourth quarter remaining.

Fallbrook started with the ball in good field position after a kick out of bounds. As Hayes started the drive out with a 22-yard scamper, the drive continued but a shaken-up Youman and the Warrior offense could not convert on a fourth down again and gave the ball to the Wildcats.

The Wildcat possession was unsuccessful and they punted to the Warriors, giving them the ball with 95 yards to go to take the lead. However, an interception ended the drive and set up an El Camino score, making it 26-13.

Fallbrook had a last chance to put points on the board, but a fumble by the offense gave the victory to the El Camino Wildcats.

The Warriors will look forward to an opportunity for victory in league this Friday, November 9, at Carlsbad at 7:30 p.m.

The Warrior JV team also fell to the Wildcats. They lost on a “Hail Mary” caught by the Wildcats to give them the lead, which they maintained. The team now has a record of 6-2 and will also face the Lancers this week. Go Warriors!


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