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High School Football: BC Warriors finish strong

Brethren Christian closes out regular season with 52-28 win against visiting Firebaugh.

November 08, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
  • Brethren Christian's Guy Demazelier catches a touchdown pass over Firebaugh's Thomas Marquez on Thursday.
Brethren Christian's Guy Demazelier catches a… (SCOTT SMELTZER…)

Brethren Christian ended its regular season on a winning note Thursday as the Warriors cruised to a 52-28 victory over visiting Lynwood Firebaugh in a nonleague football game at Ocean View High.

BC used a 28-point second quarter to sprint past the Falcons. The outburst allowed the Warriors to break away from a 14-all tie, and win going away.

They scored the first 10 points of the second half, too, and after going up, 52-14 in the third quarter, the game went to a running clock.

The triumph sends the Warriors into the postseason on a three-game win streak. BC, 8-2 overall, is the second-place team from the Academy League in next week's CIF Southern Section East Valley Division playoffs. The playoff pairings will be released Sunday.

"I'm very happy with our year," BC Coach Pat McInally said. "Now, it comes down to Sunday and the brackets. This win gives us some good momentum going into the playoffs."

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McInally said it was important that his team turn to its run game against Firebaugh, and that's what the Warriors did. Namely, in the rushing of Jared Fuga who seemingly ran at will. The senior back had 17 carries for 170 yards and scored twice.

Fuga scored on runs of two and 15 yards in a first half that ended with BC holding a 42-14 advantage.

His 15-yard score ignited BC's 28-point second quarter.

Fuga did not return to the game after it went to a running clock with 7:38 remaining in the third quarter.

"Jared ran really well tonight," McInally said. "We've been trying to establish our running game more and more. We know for the playoffs, we need to be more balanced offensively. When we run the ball well, it opens up the passing game. I thought we did a good job running the ball tonight."

BC senior quarterback Jack McInally was only nine of 24 but he threw for 189 yards and four of those completions went for touchdowns. Two of his scoring passes went to junior receiver Guy Demazeliere. Senior receiver Austin Gorrell and junior running back Andrew Assaf each had one TD reception.

Jack McInally was playing with a sprained wrist, a broken toe, and an injured knee.

He also threw an interception in the first quarter that was returned for a touchdown.

The game began strangely. Firebaugh (3-7) could muster little on offense but still took a 7-0 lead when Randy Heffeman intercepted McInally on BC's second play from scrimmage, and returned the pick 35 yards for a touchdown. The Falcons had the point-after kick blocked, but led, 6-0.

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