Birmingham Shuts Out Huenme in 56-0 blowout.
The Birmingham Patriots have proven once again why they are the King of The Valley and rightfully so. The three-time defending CIF L. A City Open Champion has put every one of their opponents on notice. Their message is clear—the road to the L. A City Open Championship goes through Birmingham.
Friday night in front of a large crowd at Prizant Athletic Stadium, the Patriots crushed the Hueneme Vikings 56-0. The first quarter started off slow until the Patriots exploded on offense when Ronnell Hewitt scored the game's first touchdown at 8:58 in the first quarter.
However, it would be University of Washington-bound Senior Payton Waters who stole the show for the Patriots when he scored the first two quick touchdowns against the Vikings. Waters scored the second touchdown of the game at 4:17 of the first quarter. Then at 10:40 in the second quarter, Patriots quarterback Kingston Tisdell scored the third touchdown of the game and, at that point, the Patriots took a 21-0 lead at halftime.
As for Hueneme, their nightmare turned into a long night as the Patriots gave no mercy to the Vikings. In the third quarter, Patriots Antrell Harris Jr. scored the fourth touchdown of the game at 10:45 on the clock increasing the lead to 28-0.
Things would get really ugly for the Vikings when Patriots inside linebacker Eddie Plaza got an interception that would set up a touchdown for Waters who scored for the second time in the game at 9:06 in the third quarter.
“I was able to see the quarterback rollout and the running back was blocking, then I got into a good position, and I was able to catch the ball,” Plaza said, regarding his interception that set up Waters’ second touchdown. “At that point, we got into scoring position and Payton got it in ''.
Plaza pointed out that even though the team performance was magnificent, there is still more work that needs to be done if the Patriots want to continue for another championship run.
“Overall, it was a great team win for us,” Plaza said. “We just need to work together and come together as a team and build that chemistry that will get us back into the playoffs”.
Waters, who is the player of the game, explains how he was able to get his first and second touchdowns. He said that he ran a great post that made it all possible.
“Our quarterback just threw a perfect pass to me, and I was able to score,” Waters said. “In my second touchdown, the quarterback saw that I was open, and I was able to score again”.
The Vikings, on the other hand, found out that the Patriots were too much to handle for them. Birmingham ended up winning the game with Dominic Jefferson scoring the final touchdown of the game.
In the last three games, the Patriots have outscored their opponents 172 to 48 with the Patriots only being defeated by Notre Dame Knights 41-0 and giving up only seven points to the Oak Park Eagles last week.
Patriots head coach Jim Rose said that despite the fact that his team had a sluggish start early in the first quarter, he was impressed with the win; however, there is more work to be done if the Patriots want to defend their title.
“We came out a little slow in the first half, but we also did a lot of things on offense,” Rose said. “Our running backs were running pretty good; however, we missed a lot of open plays”.
Rose also said if the Patriots want to make a fourth championship run, they must make some big improvements before league play starts.
“We must get better at tackling as well as our throwing and catching,” Rose said. “That is the best part about the bye week after this game; it gives us a whole week to improve and get better”.
Vikings head coach Jake Gossen-Brown said his team knew that Birmingham was not going to be easy, but was happy that his players made an honest effort despite the score being 56-0. He said that his players did all they could, but they just could not score.
“Birmingham is a great team, they are very athletic, and they are well coached,” Gossen-Brown said. “We came out and we wanted to compete and that’s what we were trying to do”.
Gossen-Brown said despite what the scoreboard may say, He felt that his players had a good first half. “Our defense was able to hold Birmingham's high-powered offense only to 21 points in the first half and that is not easy to do, especially a team of that caliber,” Gossen-Brown said. “ We had a great second quarter, but we did not execute and then things fell apart for us”.
Gosse-Brown also said that the Vikings have played a really tough schedule which is why they are winless. He feels confident that his team will step up come league play and make a possible playoff run.
The Patriots next game after the bye week will be on the road to face Steele High Knights of Cibolo, Texas. Hueneme's next opponent will be against Santa Monica next Friday at home. Game time is at 7:00 P.m.