Domination is the name of the game at Desert Chapel High School. And Friday night that didn’t change a bit as the host Eagles trounced Majestic Conference-foe Crossroads Christian 55-18 on homecoming.
Desert Chapel jumped on the Cougars from the first play when sophomore Ethan T. Skarmas scooped up a fumble by running back Nathan Ostrowski and ran it into the end zone for the first score of the evening.
Crossroads Christian would cough the ball up four more times in the first quarter and would finish the night with seven turnovers in all.
Desert Chapel turned those miscues into points, jumping out to a 42-0 first quarter lead.
“It’s good to get a team win when everybody gets to be involved,” Desert Chapel coach Jim Donaldson said. “What’s important is that we keep getting better as a team, from the starters all the way through. There’s always room for improvement.”
Eagles senior quarterback Evan Armendariz scored three times on runs of 22, 14 and 16 yards. He also tossed a 28-yard touchdown pass to standout Roman Pellum.
The Eagles used most of the game to rest the starters and give their backups some much-needed playing time, after coming off an impressive win last week against highly ranked Cate.
“We are more concerned about being healthy for the playoffs than how much we win by,” added Donaldson.
The Eagles were led on the ground by Skarmas, who finished with 71 yards on nine carries and a couple of touchdown runs of 14 and 34 yards. Armendariz had four carries for 42 yards and three touchdowns and completed his two throws for 48 yards and a touchdown.
Pellum set the tone on the defensive end of the ball, always being around the ball, laying big hits and causing turnovers.
“Tonight, we wanted to jump on them defensively because we know it’s about staying healthy and getting ready for the playoffs,” said Pellum.
Cougars senior Ostrowski finished with 130 yards and a touchdown along with fellow backfield mate Isaiah Norwood, who ran for 70 yards and a score.
Desert Chapel improved to 7-0 overall and 2-0 in conference. The Eagles play Thursday night, hosting Calvary Baptist.