There’s a pride being restored at San Diego High -- a pride in winning football.
The explosive Cavers won their second game of the year by dominating struggling Francis Parker 54-7 in a nonleague matchup Friday night at Balboa Stadium.
“This is probably the most talented team I’ve had here,” said third-year head coach Charles James. “I brought them up as sophomores last year. It really would have been a super JV team, but it’s paying off this year.”
The Cavers (2-0) took charge early, scoring on a 57-yard run by Jayden Wickware on the third snap from scrimmage.
“We really feel this is the year we can accomplish something,” said Wickware, who finished with 125 yards and two TDs rushing on just six carries.
San Diego ended the opening quarter as quickly as it started, going up 13-0 on a beautiful 38-yard stretching grab-and-run by Thomas Marcus of a pass from Quinn O’Connor on the last play.
The Cavers kept the pressure on, scoring on each of their first four possessions of the second quarter. The first two were TD runs on inside counters by George Gomez of 17 and 12 yards.
Raiden Hunter added another 3-yard score and Wickware got his second TD on a 29-yarder for a 41-0 lead.
“We really only have 14 true varsity guys with a mix of JV guys filling in,” said James. “I still think we’re a couple years away.”
Parker (0-3) scored when Jonathan Gordon returned a kickoff 87 yards for a 41-7 halftime score.
Defensively, the Cavers held the Lancers to just 9 yards offense in the first half while racking up 328 yards themselves.
Farmer is a freelance writer.