CHULA VISTA, CA- In a thrilling return of college football action to the southern scene, a warm and pleasant Saturday night at Southwestern College in Chula Vista set the stage for the Saddleback Bobcats to make their mark in their conference opener against the Southwestern Jaguars.
Right from the kickoff, the Bobcats showcased their determination and skill. Trey Kukuk kicked things off with a stunning pass to Marques Carrillo Edgar, setting the tone for a spectacular night. Their momentum carried into the first quarter, with Jacob Sears receiving a touchdown pass from Kukuk, further solidifying their lead.
The Bobcats continued their relentless march down the field, and Brandon Berwald’s precision led to an 11-yard touchdown pass to tight end Seth Lyons, putting the Bobcats comfortably ahead at 21-0. Their dominance was further underscored when they capitalized on a bad snap by Southwestern during a punt, earning a safety and adding two more points to their tally.
The synergy between Kukuk and Dane Benedix, known as the Capo Valley connection, was electric. A 22-yard pass from Kukuk to Benedix extended the Bobcats’ lead to an impressive 30-0. But the Bobcats weren’t satisfied just yet. Andrez Lewis contributed another touchdown, and they headed into halftime with an imposing 37-0 advantage.
The second half commenced just as the first had ended, with Paolo Burak rushing for yet another touchdown, pushing the Bobcats further ahead at 44-0. Southwestern finally found their footing in the third quarter, putting up three points with a field goal.
However, the Bobcats were simply too much for the Jaguars to handle. Saddleback added three more field goals, capping off a dominant performance with a resounding 53-3 victory. This marked their first 50+ point game since 2019 and a significant achievement under Head Coach Kerry Crabb.
With this impressive win, the Bobcats now look forward to their next challenge as they head back home on September 30th to face San Diego Mesa at 6 pm. They aim to maintain their winning momentum and continue their successful run in the conference.