SCHS Bruins dominate the Prospect Panthers in season opener

In the first game of the 2018-19 season, SCHS Bruins conquer the Prospect High School Panthers, winning 47-0.

The scoring started early in the first quarter when senior quarterback Nick Garcia ran a touchdown. Despite a fierce struggle, no team scored for the rest of the quarter.

SCHS Sophomore running back Bryan Escorza plowed through the Panthers’ defensive line for another SCHS touchdown during the second quarter, making the score 14-0.

A Prospect player suffered an arm injury, stopping the game. After receiving medical attention, EMTs carried him off the field amidst cheers from both sides of the field.

After tensions were lifted and players cared for, the game resumed, Escorza building the Bruin’s lead with a second touchdown, bringing them into halftime with a score of 21-0.

During the third quarter, SCHS cemented their lead over Prospect. Junior defensive back Bailey Mungaray ran a short sprint to the end zone for a touchdown. Sophomore running back Isaiah Ketton followed suit, catching a 30-yard pass then running a second touchdown, raising the score to 34-0.

The Bruins continued their scoring streak with a touchdown at the beginning of the fourth quarter. The Panthers fought back and were almost able to bring the ball to the end zone, but with less than a minute on the clock, SCHS’s defense sealed the win. Junior defensive back Joseph Hernandez sprinted past the Panthers to make an impressive 100-yard interception return for a touchdown as the Bruin crowd roared.

Garcia thinks the victory will inspire the team to work harder for the rest of the season.

“We got a taste of how it is to destroy a team, and we got a taste of a win,” Garcia said. “I feel like we’re going to work that much harder to clean up our mistakes.”

SCHS varsity head coach Burt Codera credits the team’s hard work for their victory but believes they need to clean up for the rest of the season.

“That was just the tip of the iceberg,” Codera said. “We’re dynamite that’s ready to explode when we put it all together.”