San Marcos senior quarterback Ben Partee was under pressure all night, took several big hits and left the game briefly with an injured wrist.

But he wasn’t going to let his team down against CIF-SS Division 5 ninth-ranked Lompoc on Friday night at Warkentin Stadium.

Despite all the punishment, Partee threw three touchdown passes and became the all-time career leader in passing yardage at San Marcos in a 48-20 Channel League loss.

Partee passed for 179 yards, giving him 3,672 for his career, surpassing Cameron Ely’s record of 3,527 yards. He’s 37 yards shy of the season passing mark of 1,893 yards set in 2005.

Partee, however, was upstaged by Lompoc sophomore running back Sheldon Canley. He rushed for 259 yards on just 13 carries in less than three quarters and scored four touchdowns to help keep the Braves in second place in the league standings going into the final week of the season.

Lompoc 3-1 in league, tied with Dos Pueblos, and 6-3 overall. San Marcos falls to 1-3 and 3-6.

Canley showed great balance, elusiveness and speed in running for touchdowns of 57, 30 and 15 yards in the first half. He capped his night with a 37-yard scamper — spinning out of the arms of a tackler — on the Braves’ first possession of the second half. 

Lompoc led 42-0 before San Marcos got on the scoreboard.

“He’s really fun to coach,” Lompoc coach Andrew Jones said of Canley. “I wish I had 50 Sheldon Canleys, not just because he’s a great player, but he’s just a great kid. He shows up on time and is ready to work. His parents have done a great job with him, and he’s just a heck of a player.”

On his first score, Canley broke off right tackle and was off to the races for 57 yards. On his 30-yard score, he made a great cut back and outran the defenders.

“He’s not the biggest back but, like you saw, he has the ability to make guys miss after first contact,” said Jones.

Lompoc’s aggressive defense sacked Partee four times and got some big hits on him as he threw the ball. He left the game favoring his right wrist after Adam Lazaro sacked him in the first quarter but came back on the next San Marcos series. He was sacked again on first down but never left the game again.

“We know that’s who he is,” said San Marcos coach Jason Fowle. “He’s a competitor at heart and he wants to win, and he does everything in his power to help this team win. He does a good job playing quarterback.”

He helped the Royals keep fighting in the second half. He got them on the scoreboard with a 21-yard strike to receiver Josh Brown on a post pattern at 3:27 of the third quarter. Jayden Duncan kicked the PAT to make it 42-7.

After Lompoc quarterback Cavin Ross hit Christian Duarte-Tenorio on 15-yard touchdown pass, Partee came back and guided San Marcos on a 63-yard drive for a score. He threw a 21-yard pass to Jack Huffman on a corner pattern for the touchdown.

Huffman recovered an onside kick and Partee took the Royals into the end zone again. He bounced back from taking a 12-yard sack and completed back-to-back passes of 15 and 9 yards for a first down and had an 11-yard run to put the ball at the 5. On second and goal from the 3, he found Brown open for the touchdown. The pass for the 2-point conversion failed.

“I’m excited to see what he does with his future,” said Fowle of his quarterback. “But we got one more game and he knows that. He told the team that. We’re focused on getting that and going out winners. 

“That’s our mantra this week.”

Fowle was proud of how his team fought to the end of the game.

“They have nothing to hang their head about,” he said of his players. “We did everything we could and we fought tooth and nail  to try and scrape some points together and make it respectable.”

Noozhawk Sports Editor Barry Punzal can be reached at Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

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