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Pacifica Shuts Down Santa Barbara Passing Attack, Beats Dons 34-13

Santa Barbara High ran into the buzzsaw that is the Pacifica football team.

The Tritons used their speed and kicking game to score 27 points before the Dons could find the end zone and won the non-league game 34-13 on Friday night in Oxnard.

Pacifica quarterback R.J. Maria threw touchdown passes of 59 and 16 yards and ran for a score, and the Tritons booted two field goals to go take a 27-0 lead by the 9:10 mark of the second quarter.

Santa Barbara got on the board in the second quarter on a 26-yard pass from quarterback Frankie Gamberdella to wide receiver Dakota Hill.

Maria went back to work in the third quarter hitting Daniel Pierce for a 10-yard scoring pass to make it 34-7.

Maria completed 14 of 28 passes for 192 yards. He was picked off once.

Santa Barbara's vaunted passing attack was derailed by the Tritons (4-0). The Dons gained just 144 yards through the air, completing 8 of 28 passes, with two being intercepted.

Pacifica's Pierce had two interceptions and recovered a muffed kickoff and senior defensive end Ben Mendoza had two sacks to lead a dominant defensive performance.

Santa Barbara's defense struggled to slow down Pacifica's track-team running attack. Allan Johnson led the way for the Tritons with 149 yards on 19 carries, while Malik Sherrod had 132 yards from scrimmage, including a 60-yard touchdown reception.

The Dons had negative yards running the football and only 141 total yards for the game.

Phil Luce scored Santa Barbara's second touchdown on 2-yard pass from Gamberdella in the third quarter.

Santa Barbara falls to 3-2. the Dons have a bye next Friday before opening Channel League against San Marcos. 

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