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Christian rolls to lopsided victory

11/22/2013, 11:42pm PST
By Bill Dickens, Special to the U-T

Enrollment a meaningless stat as Patriots defeat larger-school Morse.

— All week Christian High coach Matt Oliver was concerned by the decisive difference in enrollments between his Patriots and the Morse Tigers.

Turns out, the size of the schools was not a factor as the Patriots pounded out a 42-14 victory in Friday’s San Diego Section Division III quarterfinal at Granite Hills.

Christian’s Paris Miller scored on touchdown runs of 3, 1, 57 and 50 yards as the Patriots improved to 10-1.

Miller had 130 yards in the first half. For the game, playing sparingly in the second half, he finished with 200 yards.

“I gotta give a shout-out to my offensive line,” Miller said. “They make the holes and I just run fast and try to make people miss me.”

After two Miller touchdown runs and 151 yards for the Patriots in the first quarter, Morse slammed the brakes on the section’s highest scoring offense in the second quarter. The Patriots were unable to convert a first down and were limited to 6 yards total offense as the Tigers cut the deficit to 14-7 by intermission.

Morse, which had the ball for only 12 plays in the first quarter, came to life in the second, putting together an 89-yard, 12 play scoring drive capped by Khyran “KB” Jackson-Barbee’s 3-yard scamper on fourth down.

J.D. Parker sparked the Christian defense with two interceptions and a fumble recovery.

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