Brethren Christian falls to Heritage Christian

Warriors fall apart in the second half, when they were outscored, 25-15, and lose, 44-35.

September 29, 2012

HUNTINGTON BEACH — For the first time in three games, the Brethren Christian High football team took an early lead on an opponent. But, just as they had in the past three weeks, the Warriors had to play from behind most of the way.

Brethren Christian, a team beset by injuries, took a 6-0 lead on Heritage Christian only to succumb to a big third quarter by the visitors from North Hills, and dropped a 44-35 nonleague game at Ocean View High.

BC, which dropped its second straight game to fall to 3-2 overall, rallied to tie the score at 20-20 going into halftime, but Heritage Christian (4-2) scored 10 unanswered points in the third quarter to establish control.


"We missed too many tackles tonight, and let their quarterback get free on several occasions," BC Coach Pat McInally said. "We gave them two big scores that allowed them to get the lead, but I thought our guys still played hard. We have a lot of guys banged up."

Quarterback Jack McInally played with a sprained thumb on his non-throwing hand. BC's leading receiver, sophomore Guy Demazeliere, didn't practice during the week due to a sprained ankle, but did see some action Friday. Both McInally and Demazeliere sustained their injuries in last week's loss at St. Anthony.

Also out of action was starting tackle Matt Ingles, and defensive end Brennan Lund also is injured.

The Warriors had scoring drives of 72, 60, and 65 yards in the opening half. They took the opening kickoff and marched right down field for the game's first score. Jack McInally did the scoring honors, reaching the end zone on a one-yard keeper midway through the first quarter. His extra point attempt was blocked.

Two-way starter Michael Tirado scored all the touchdowns for Heritage Christian in the first half. His first came on a 14-yard run, four plays after BC fumbled the ball way. One play after the ensuing kickoff, Tirado intercepted McInally and scored on a 40-yard return. His third score came on a nine-yard pass from quarterback Tyler Noe which gave Heritage Christian a 20-13 lead with 1:34 left in the half.

BC had tied the score, 13-13, on a five-yard run by Jake Roque. On its final possession of the half, BC went eight plays in 94 seconds, to score the tying touchdown. Anthony Moore ran in from two yards out with 15 seconds before the half, and the teams headed to the locker room knotted at 20-20.

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