Modesto Christian clamps down

Crusader offense picks up pace in TVL victory over Ripon

October 25, 2008 

SALIDA -- When the Modesto Christian High football team's no-huddle offense is running well, few teams can stop it.

And the Crusaders were going great guns in the first quarter of their Trans-Valley League matchup against Ripon on Friday night.

Modesto Christian scored 22 points in the first 10 minutes and quarterback Isaiah Burse passed for 211 yards en route to a 36-10 victory over the Indians at Roy Blakeley Field.

"When we get rolling, we're pretty fun to watch," Modesto Christian coach Mike Parsons said.

At times, the Crusaders were a lot of fun Friday night.

Burse completed passes to seven different receivers, spinning away from would-be tacklers all night. And when everybody was covered, he tucked the ball under his arm and took off, running for 58 yards.

"We had the tempo going, the adrenaline was flowing," Burse said. "We came out and played really hard."

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Burse led the Crusaders on a 72-yard scoring drive to open the game, with Keaton Engel scoring from three yards out for a 6-0 lead.

The Crusaders recovered a Ripon fumble on the ensuing possession and took six plays to go 78 yards, with J.T. Teixeira scoring on an 8-yard run for a 14-0 lead. The MC defense forced a Ripon punt, and after a long return, Eric Taylor caught an 8-yard scoring pass from Burse for a 22-0 Crusaders lead with 2:09 remaining in the first quarter.

"We're a grind-it-out team," Ripon coach Chris Johnson said. "You get behind like that and it's tough to come back. Plus, Isaiah Burse is an incredible player. He's one of the best I've seen in my nine years here."

Johnson got a strong game from running back Efren Sifuentes, who rushed for 130 yards and the Indians' lone touchdown.

Burse made his share of plays as well.

"I've got Isaiah Burse, he's a great player," Parsons said. "How many times did he get out of ridiculous situations and make plays? He does that for us every week."

While the offense rolled, the Crusaders were just as happy with the defense.

"We're playing as a team," Burse said. "We're determined to win the TVL."

Parsons saw another strong effort from his defense.

"I'm very happy with how they played," he said. "It's our second straight good game in a row for the defense. We're going to need to play like that against Escalon and Hughson."

Bee staff writer Will DeBoard can be reached at wdeboard@modbee.com or 578-2300.

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