Santa Fe Christian ball carrier RJ Walker (left) collides with teammate Joey Zaso after being upended by Bishop’s tackler Mozes Mooney.
SOLANA BEACH Santa Fe Christian is scoring points in bunches. So naturally the talk is about the Eagles’ offense.
In Saturday’s Coastal League football game with Bishop’s, the offense did its part in a 51-8 win.
The defense, however, was spectacular, piling up 10 quarterback sacks and holding the Knights to 15 rushing yards on 29 attempts.
“We followed our keys and made plays,” said sophomore defensive end Demitri Washington, who had four sacks.
“Our defensive backs did a great job in coverage, giving us that extra second to get to the quarterback.
“Bishop’s put a licking on us last year (winning 35-3). This is a lot better feeling than a year ago.”
The defense for Santa Fe Christian (7-1, 3-0) gave the Eagles offense the ball at the Bishop’s 49, 37, 38, 35 and 19.
Plus, Brad Weeks scooped up a fumble by the Knights (4-4, 1-1) and ran 39 yards for a score.
Gavin Dill added three sacks while Luke Sanders, Hank Ontiveros and Kevin Loney each had one.
It could have been worse, but the elusive Mozes Mooney had two series at quarterback for Bishop’s in the second half and escaped trouble three times.
“If we do our jobs, things are set up for a sack,” said Dill, a junior defensive end.
SFC used eight runners, rushing 46 times for 210 yards. Loney led the way with 14 carries for 61 yards while Ontiveros added 45 yards on nine carries.
Quarterback Conner Whitton completed 3 of 5 passes for 115 yards — one going 73 yards to Caleb Phillips, another 35 yards to RJ Walker, who also rushed for 32 yards.
Saturday’s win sets up a league-championship showdown Friday at La Jolla Country Day (7-1, 2-0).
“We take each game individually,” said Sanders, a sophomore defensive lineman. “But we know what’s ahead of us (La Jolla Country Day and a nonleague game at Olympian).
“We’ve learned a lot this year, and we have a lot still to learn.
“The next two weeks will show how much we’ve learned.”