Campbell Hall football outmatched in playoff loss to Santa Barbara – Daily News
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LAKE BALBOA – Campbell Hall football coach Dennis Keyes made a shrewd observation during the pre-game.
“Watch the TV’s on the fringes of Santa Barbara,” he said, pointing. “It means they have an offensive and defensive unit. No need to have them if your players are playing both ways.
It was a subtle, but significant indication of what Campbell Hall was up against in the first round of the playoffs as his 28 players warming up looked the other way to see the 60 Santa Barbara players come off.
The Vikings fought back, keeping a one-scoring game for one half, but depth showed in the second half as Santa Barbara beat Campbell Hall 36-20 in the first round of the Division 6 playoffs. the southern section of CIF Friday night at Birmingham Charter High.
The Santa Barbara running game was too much for Campbell Hall. The Dons (8-3) duo of Koa Herrera and Nathan Barrios had 194 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
“All of our players are going both ways,” Keyes said.
This is not exactly a Keyes hyperbole. The only player who doesn’t play both in offense and defense is quarterback Isaiah Sepand. Blake Cotton plays off and for a corner. Chris Hammond plays the tight end and the defensive end. And all linemen go from trying to get the quarterback to protecting their own.
Campbell Hall (10-1).
After Santa Barbara scored the first touchdown of the game, Campbell Hall responded with a long drive topped by a touchdown from running back David O’Mara to bring the score to 8-7. But the Dons back-to-back touchdowns increased their lead to 22-7 early in the second quarter, the second coming on a 34-yard run from Herrera.
Sepand found the end zone on a short touchdown run before Santa Barbara’s Nathan Barrios scored an 11-yard touchdown to make it 29-14 with 6:15 left in the third quarter. Don’s was up 36-14 after quarterback Abel Renteria scored a short at the end of the last quarter.
Sepand threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Hammond with less than two minutes to go, but that was questionable. Sepand finished with 201 yards and one touchdown on 10 of 27 passes and two interceptions, and one rushing touchdown. O’Mara ran for 82 yards and a touchdown. Hammond, who will now be putting on his basketball shoes, finished with five catches for 83 yards and one touchdown.