Castle Park secured its first Metro Pacific League championship since 2015 thanks to a 21-14 win against San Ysidro on Friday.
The Trojans have now wrapped up a bid to the San Diego Section Division V playoffs and will enter the postseason having won their last four games.
“That felt pretty good,” Castle Park coach Bernard Ansolabehere said after a cold blue Gatorade celebration bath.
The Trojans (6-4, 3-0) relied on a strong running attack led by senior Tyrone Lake, who scored all three touchdowns and gained 152 of the team’s 202 total yards.
San Ysidro (0-10, 0-3) struck first in the opening quarter on a 74-yard run by freshman Makai Jackson. The big play set the tone for a raucous homecoming crowd.
Castle Park struggled to score until its fourth drive of the game when the Trojans went 51 yards over 10 plays. The series was capped by a 2-yard run by Lake.
With the game tied 7-7 in the third quarter, Lake broke off a 25-yard touchdown scamper.
“I couldn’t do it without the (offensive) line and I was happy to see our performance in the second half,” Lake said.
Castle Park would add seven more points when Lake punched in his third score of the night on an impressive 11-yard run after taking contact from several would-be tacklers.
“We just needed to keep running our stuff but run it better,” Ansolabehere said. “San Ysidro did a hell of a job and did not play like an 0-9 football team.”
The Trojans were 0-10 themselves last season but have found the formula to get back to a winning season. They can expect a middle seed in the playoffs.
Ramirez is a freelance writer.
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