ESCONDIDO A slumping Valley Center team was the right tonic for San Pasqual, which bounced back from its first loss of the season in a big way Friday night.
The No. 4-ranked Eagles rolled to a 41-0 victory over Valley Center in a nonleague game at Golden Eagle Stadium. San Pasqual was coming off stunning 38-36 loss to Rancho Buena Vista after spending one week as the No. 1-ranked team in the county.
“We had an emotional and mental breakdown in that game, and RBV is too good a team to do that against,” Eagles coach Tony Corley said. “It obviously left a bad taste in our mouths, but the kids responded well tonight.”
A strong defensive effort led by senior linemen Michael Andrade and Brandon Gill kept the Jaguars out of the end zone.
“That loss to RBV hurt us real bad,” Andrade said. “We knew we had to give our best effort and get back to doing what we usually do.”
JuJuan Thomas scored on a 30-yard pass from Sebastian Tengan and on a 67-yard punt return to lead the Eagles (8-1, 2-1). Grant Huffman also scored twice, on a 76-yard TD run and a 33-yard pass from Tengan as San Pasqual took a 34-0 halftime lead.
Valley Center (2-7, 0-3) has lost seven straight games since starting the season with two wins. The Jags’ three-year reign as Valley League champion is over after suiting up just 26 players for Friday’s game.