Thursday marked the final regular season games of the inaugural girls flag football season in town as the local teams ended their respective seasons on high notes.
Dos Pueblos took down Rio Mesa to clinch a Channel League championship, Santa Barbara High took care of business over Buena and San Marcos
Dos Pueblos 33, Rio Mesa 14
The Chargers became the first Channel League flag football champions with a dominant 33-14 win over the Spartans.
At the quarterback position, Gianna Nichols ended the day with 188 passing yards and a pair of passing touchdowns. She also added in a receiving touchdown.
Brooklyn Hedricks led all Dos Pueblos receivers with four catches for 93 yards and two touchdowns. On the ground, Ruby Streatfeild broke off a 60-yard rushing touchdown.
To cap off the scoring, Liliana Rodriguez connected with Sterling Streatfeild for a 3-yard touchdown pitch and catch.
Maddy Jones dominated on the defensive side of the ball, coming away with two interceptions, two pass deflections and four tackles. Emily Raymond and Samantha Salcido also each had an interception.
The Chargers (13-2, 6-1) will conclude their season at the LA Chargers Girls Flag Football Championship this weekend. They were one of 20 teams invited.
Santa Barbara 21, Buena 7
The Dons capped off their season with a solid all-around performance en route to a 21-7 win over the Bulldogs.
On offense, quarterback Dayzia Mendoza spread the ball around, finding three different receivers on her three passing touchdowns.
Mendoza connected with Linda Jeronimo, Jaz Gordon and Carolina Esparza for touchdowns.
Santa Barbara was also successful on all three of its extra-point attempts, as Mendoza hit Izzy Garofalo, Esparza and Gordon following the scores.
Defensively, the Dons forced a trio of interceptions by Esparza, Abby Webber and Garofalo. Webber’s was a crucial one, as it came late in the second half and swung all the momentum to Santa Barbara heading into halftime.
San Marcos 27, Hueneme 6
The Royals wrapped up the year with a 27-6 Senior Night victory.
“I am glad we were able to honor our seniors tonight and see them all get a chance to play in meaningful competition,” San Marcos coach Jason Fowle said. “It’s too bad we only had one year with that group,
“We are excited to see them break out into the world and pursue their dreams. We are also excited about the future of our program.”
After falling behind 6-0 early, Peyton Sperling came up with an interception for San Marcos, setting up the offense with great field position.
From there, Sperling scored on a pitch play from 5 yards out and ran in the extra point as well to take a 7-6 lead.
On the ensuing drive, San Marcos defender Molly McCarter jumped in front of a pass and took it all the way to the endzone for the score. An extra point from Sperling to Rio Chesluk made it 14-6 in favor of the Royals heading into halftime.
San Marcos maintained its momentum in the second half, as Mia Sturm connected with Riley Cook for a 20-yard receiving touchdown to make it 20-6.
The Royals capped off their scoring with more trickery, as Chesluk took a reverse handoff and found McCarter deep downfield for a 25-yard touchdown. Jasmyn Amezcua hit Chesluk on the extra point to make it 27-6.
With the win, San Marcos finished the year with a 4-3 league record.
“I am so grateful to be a part of this fantastic group of players and coaches,” Fowle said. “This was an incredible season and we played in a very competitive league with some very close games.
“I can’t say enough about how this team has grown and competed over the course of the season. We have a great foundation to build on and look forward to next season.”