By Kevin Dahlgren
The Capistrano Valley Christian football team dominated the field Friday night in a 44-8 non-league victory against visiting Sherman Indian.
Sherman Indian had trouble getting anything going on offense, gaining only one first down in the first half of the game at San Clemente High School.
The Eagles (5-0) defense forced a fumble on the Braves (0-2) first offensive possession of the game and went immediately to work. Capistrano Valley Christian got the scoring started early when freshman wide receiver Ben Sukut took an end-around toss six yards into the end zone to put the Eagles up 7-0.
After a second fumble recovery by the Eagles’ defense, Capistrano Valley Christian took a 14-0 lead thanks to a one yard touchdown run by Andre Anderson. The Eagles added two more touchdowns in the first quarter as quarterback Riley Babick found wide-receiver Luke Stevens for a nine yard touchdown pass and Sukut blasted off a 20-yard run for his second score of the night. The Eagles would tack on 28 points in the opening 12 minutes.
The second quarter was no kinder to Sherman Indian as the Eagles’ AJ Discenzo and Josh Anderson both broke off long runs that resulted in touchdowns to give the home team a 42-0 lead with 5:00 left in the half.
The night got even worse for Sherman Indian when a bad snap led to a safety for the Eagles defense. At halftime, the score was 44-0 Eagles.
The second half started with a running clock. Both teams struggled offensively battling back and forth until Sherman Indian running back Jimmy Martinez busted out for an 80-yard run setting up a first and goal from the three yard line. One play later, Martinez carried the ball into the end zone untouched for the final score of the game.
The unbeaten Eagles will host Animo Leadership next week in a league game.