When your star players are every bit as good as advertised and your opponent hands you gift-wrapped opportunities, victory is bound to follow.
San Diego State-bound running back/linebacker Josh Bornes and UCLA-bound receiver Kyle Philips put up big numbers Friday, Bornes rushing for 162 yards and a pair of scores with Philips catching eight balls for 102 yards.
They helped No. 4-ranked San Marcos prove it’s for real, thumping No. 5 El Camino 36-14 in a key Avocado League contest.
With the win, San Marcos moves to 5-0, 2-0, while El Camino falls to 3-2, 1-1.
“El Camino is a very good team, but they gave us some chances, especially on special teams, and we took advantage,” said San Marcos coach Jason Texler.
San Marcos scored on a 4-yard drive, the result of bad snap on an El Camino punt, on a 29-yard drive when Billy Bilicki stripped the ball carrier and Brandon Pinkston recovered the fumble, and on a 42-yard drive, the result of another bad snap on an El Camino punt.
The Wildcats were throwing with 10 seconds left in the half from their 10 and Michael Barnett intercepted the tipped throw. Caleb Mancini connected on a 39-yard field goal as the half ended. It was one of three field goals on the night for Mancini.
“Turnovers just happen, and we were able to take advantage," said Bornes, who had six runs of at least 13 yards and dragged eight El Camino defenders to the goal line on one run.
“There isn't a lot of finesse in what I do. I try to run hard, power my way forward.”
The San Marcos defense forced six turnovers — four fumbles and two interceptions. El Camino rushed 19 times for minus-14 yards, but threw for 302 with Wayne Steward catching 10 passes.
“Defense is new to me and it's still a bit of a challenge," said Philips, who like Bornes plays both sides of the ball. “El Camino is a very talented team. They have a lot of weapons. So this was a challenge
“But our coaches did a great job preparing us for the game. They gave us a lot of little tips … things to look for. It seems we knew what they were running just about every time."