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FISHBURNE & CO HAULT UNBEATEN MARAUDERS ON HOMECOMING

PHOTO BY RAMON SCOTT

EAST COUNTY PREP FOOTBALL

By Adam Paul

Spring Valley – It was pomp and circumstance out at Steele Canyon High School as the undefeated Mira Mesa Marauders traveled inland to take on the Steele Canyon Cougars.

The pomp and circumstance known as homecoming had everyone excited on campus and the days festivities included the KUSI Alarm Clock Pep Rally in the morning. Many teams would consider the extra-curricular activities a distraction but the Cougars went out and did their business in the big victory in front of the big homecoming crowd.

They got things rolling right away on the kickoff as Valon Martinez recovered a Marauder fumble that was poked out by Izzy Breland at the 7-yard line. With the ball in Mira Mesa red zone, Perry Steele took the handoff and was able to make his way into the end zone for the score to put the Cougars up 7-0 on the sweep.

Mira Mesa would on the ensuing possession drive their way down the field all the way to the Cougar ten yard line where Noah Tumblin would score a touchdown and also the two point conversion to make it 8-7.

This didn’t deter the Cougars as senior quarterback Thomas Fishburne ran his way through the defense including completing a couple of passes of which one was a 9-yard strike to Nathaniel Gorden to make it 14-8 in the first quarter.

The Marauders didn’t go away and were able to march down the field for the game tying score on a Elijah Thomas 5-yard scamper.

Steele Canyon would score a couple more times on a Isaiah Thomas 1-yard run and a Fishburne 15 yard pass to Randy Jordan to make it 28-14. This was after the defense came through a couple of times with stops which included sacks by Darin Walton and also a muffed kickoff recovered by David Lipscomb.

However the Marauders got a shot in the arm when Artyom Harr took a kickoff at thee Mira Mesa 5-yard line and weaved his way through his blockers and past all the Cougar defenders to the house to make it 35-20.

The Cougars brushed the brief Marauder momentum off and were able to keep the momentum themselves in the second half as they scored three touchdowns.

One of those touchdowns came in the fourth quarter when Isaiah Thompson found Kendall Johnson for an 11 yard strike.

SCORE: Steele Canyon 52, Mira Mesa 26

RECORDS: Mira Mesa (4-1), Steele Canyon (3-2)

KEY STATS: The Cougars were able to force 5 turnovers including of which three were on muffed kickoffs and also an interception.

PIVOTAL MOMENT: The opening kickoff when Steele Canyon recovered the muffed kickoff and scored to set the tempo.

QUOTABLE I: “Getting the ball off the opening kickoff really helped and raised our intensity.” Said Cougar quarterback Thomas Fishburne when asked about what he thought was the crucial moment.

QUOTABLE II: “We have a lot of athletes and when we execute and can keep going we are really good.” Said Thomas Fishburne when asked about the comparison of tonight’s game versus the previous week’s game.

QUOTABLE III: “Recovering the opening kickoff muff was huge as it really boosted momentum and got the crowd into the game.” Said Cougars head coach Scott Longerbone when asked about setting the tone.

QUOTABLE IV: “We limited the touches by Harr for them and that was huge and also we contained Thompson their quarterback.” Said Coach Scott Longerbone on what was important in the game. “ “We also hit our goal of forcing five turnovers.”

NOTES: The Cougars forced 5 turnovers including 2 fumble recoveries by Tanner Ewert…. Thomas Fishburne for the Cougars finished 18 of 25 for 268 yards, four TDs and he intercepted a pass on defense… Isaiah Thomas on the night ran for 112 yards on 14 carries and scored a TD… defensively Darin Walton finished with 8 tackles including 2 sacks and 3 tackles for a loss. Receiving wise both Johnson and Steele each had 6 receptions for 136 yards combined.

ALUMNI NOTE: On the sidelines for the Cougars was legend and Boise State Alum Mario Yakoo who played O-Line at Steele Canyon.

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