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FISHBURNE LEADS COUGARS TO LAST MINUTE VICTORY

PHOTO / STEELE CANYON HIGH

EAST COUNTY FOOTBALL

By Adam Paul

ECpreps Staff Writer

South Bay – The Steele Canyon Cougars after the bye week traveled down South to take on the Mustangs of Otay Ranch who were coming off the heartbreaking loss to Saint Augustine last week.

Both teams were heavily penalized in the contest and it was an ugly ball game. Despite the ugliness there was scoring as the Mustangs struck first. They scored on a 1-yard run. However Cougar quarterback Thomas Fishburne would put together a drive and find his way into the end zone on a 19-yard run to tie the game 7-7 after Billy Tellous had picked off a Mustangs pass.

Otay Ranch would retake the lead but miss the PAT to lead 13-7 at the break.

Fishburne in the first half passing wise for the Cougars didn’t complete a single pass.

The second half was filled with penalties as Otay Ranch had about 20 penalties of which many were false starts and off sides.

Both teams traded punts back and forth which led to a lackluster portion of the contest. However things got very interesting for Steele Canyon as Tanner Ewert was able to pick off a Mustangs pass.

The Cougars would move the ball a little and a few plays later, Fishburne found Jordan Anderson on a post route to give the Cougars a 14-13 lead after the PAT was made by Fishburne.

Otay Ranch had one last opportunity as they were able to drive down the field. Instead of kicking what would be potentially the game winning field goal the Mustangs decided to run the ball with 45 seconds left but a fumble occurred and Steele Canyon was able to scoop it up and preserve the victory.

SCORE: Steele Canyon 14, Otay Ranch 13

RECORDS: Steele Canyon (2-2), Otay Ranch (2-3)

KEY STATS: Fishburne for the Cougars eclipsed the century mark on the ground. Mikel Oliver on the night had 12 tackles and also a sack on the defense for the Cougars and looked back in form which will be good for San Diego State next year.

PIVOTAL MOMENT: The Cougars were able to hold the Mustangs after scoring the go ahead score.

QUOTABLES I: “It was an ugly game as both teams had a ton of penalties.” Said Cougars head coach Scott Longerbone when asked about how the game went.

QUOTABLES II: “We will clean up the mistakes before next week when we take on Mira Mesa.” Said head coach Longerbone.

QUOTABLES III: “Mikel Oliver was definitely back in form as to the player that SDSU recruited him for. He had been injured last year so it was great to see him back in form.” Said Coach Longerbone when mentioning about Oliver’s performance in the game.

NOTES: With the win the Cougars position themselves with an edge over the Mustangs in the CIF Division II playoffs.

 

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