San Marcos football wrapped up its regular season on a high note, defeating Channel Islands on the road by a score of 45-0 on Friday.
The Royals end the season with a 4-6 overall record and a 2-6 mark in Channel League play.
It was all San Marcos early and often, as Nate Jones opened up the game with a 45-yard run to set the tone. Joseph Herrera capped off the opening drive with a 1-yard rushing touchdown to go up 7-0 just three minutes into the game.
Following a Channel Islands punt, Jones found his way into the endzone on a 15-yard scamper to double the lead to 14-0.
With just a few minutes remaining in the quarter, Luke Crawford came up with an interception for the Royals to put the offense in great field position.
They took advantage, as Danny Diaz connected with Jacob Murillo for a 23-yard touchdown pass, putting San Marcos up 21-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The Royals’ defense continued to flex its muscles in a shutout second quarter as Jones added on offensively with a 70-yard rushing touchdown.
A 29-yard field goal by Rover Ojendis to end the half brought the score to 31-0 in favor of San Marcos heading into the locker room.
In the third quarter, David Ramirez picked up an early interception that led to a 10-yard rushing touchdown by Brody Branstetter, a standout for San Marcos on the defensive end.
That 38-0 lead would hold for the rest of the third quarter.
Branstetter wrapped up the scoring with a breakaway 50-yard touchdown run with six minutes left, putting the finishing touch on a 45-0 victory.
Rio Mesa 48, Dos Pueblos 6
The Chargers ended their season on the opposite end of a blowout, falling to Rio Mesa at home 48-6.
The Dos Pueblos offense struggled to move the ball throughout the night, as they were held scoreless for the first three quarters of the game.
The Spartans, meanwhile, found no trouble on the offensive end, holding a 27-0 lead at halftime.
The lone Charger score came with 3:50 remaining when Kaleb Williams found a hole and took off for a 75-yard rushing touchdown.
Dos Pueblos wraps up its year at 3-7 with a Channel League record of 1-7.