CVC's late rally comes up short


SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO – The Capistrano Valley Christian football team rallied in the fourth quarter, but fell to Southlands Christian of Rowland Heights, 32-27, in a San Joaquin League game Thursday at Capistrano Valley High.

Southlands Christian used the big play to beat CVC. Four of their five touchdowns were on plays 40 yards or greater.

Adrian Albarran was 10 for 16 with 246 yards and three touchdowns for Southlands Christian. He also rushed for 93 yards on seven carries with a touchdown.

Edyon Batta was the primary target for Albarran. He caught five passes for 161 yards and two TDs.

With five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Capistrano Valley Christian trailed, 32-14. Quarterback Dawson Piper drove the Eagles down the field and capped a two-minute scoring drive with a 14-yard pass to Garin Green to cut the lead to 12.

After forcing a Southlands Christian punt, Piper scored on a 1-yard run to make the score 32-27. The Eagles were unable to recover an onside kick.

“We had a lot of opportunities to score in the red zone but didn’t execute,” CVC coach Rick Curtis said. “But our kids played hard.We are seeing improvements each week. ”

Albarran and Batta connected for the first score of the game, for an 89-yard touchdown to put Southlands Christian ahead 6-0.

CVC (2-6, 0-3), answered with a touchdown for their only lead of the game. Piper scrambled and found Trey Henry in the endzone for a 23-yard touchdown to put CVC ahead 7-6.

Piper completed 10 of 24 passes for 186 yards and two touchdowns. The senior also rushed for 103 yards with two touchdowns.

Henry caught five passes for 134 yards and a touchdown. Nolan Kahal rushed for 119 yards on 21 attempts for CVC.

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