It’s difficult in high school football for a team to be in top form week after week, but the Mission Oak Hawks are making high proficiency look easy.
Mission Oak kept its perfect season alive with a 39-0 throttling of the Monache Marauders on Friday at Jacob Rankin Stadium.
The Hawks improved to 7-0 overall and 2-0 in the East Yosemite League. At the very least, the Hawks should maintain their status as the No. 4 team in CalHiSports’ CIF Division III South bowl poll.
The only legitimate concern surrounding Mission Oak is some possible complacency — even though there have been no obvious signs in that regard in any of the Hawks’ games. Mission Oak’s average margin of victory is 33.5 points per game.
With so much riding on the line over the next seven to eight weeks, is Mission Oak worried that it won’t be able maintain such a high level of intensity?
“The next two weeks won’t be an issue,” Mission Oak coach Mark Gambini said. “They’ll be excited and ready to go against Tulare Western and Tulare Union. I don’t expect them to be flat for those games. It should be intense for all sides.”
Mission Oak will host Tulare Western and Tulare Union over the next two weeks. All three Tulare teams are 2-0 in the EYL.
Mission Oak’s defense continued its season of dominance with another phenomenal performance.
The Hawks posted their third shutout of the season.
Monache was limited to seven first down and 166 yards of total offense. The lone time the Marauders made a legitimate scoring threat is when quarterback Miguel Mejia took a keeper inside the Hawk 20, but he coughed up the ball at the end of the play and it was recovered by Mission Oak.
“They don’t like giving up anything. That’s for sure,” Gambini said.
The first-string Mission Oak defense has yielded just one touchdown in seven games.
What has to be most pleasing for Gambini is the development of sophomore quarterback Trey McJunkin, and how it has made this offense much more potent than its preseason projection.
McJunkin had a hand in five of the Hawks’ six touchdowns.
McJunkin threw four touchdowns — a 20-yard dart to Koby Tripp, a 20-yard strike to Le’Andre Jefferson, a 14-yard hook-up with Joel Escalante and a 32-yard pass to Justin Albright. He was 19-of-30 passing for 267 yards. The 19 completions set a new career-high for McJunkin.
McJunkin also turned a quarterback-sneak run on a 4th-and-1 play into a 20-yard touchdown late in second quarter that provided the Hawks a 27-0 halftime lead.
“Give credit to Monache. They flew to the ball in trying to stop [Elijah] Porchia. Trey stepped up and played really well. He threw the ball well. He ran well,” Gambini said. “He’s exceeding expectations.”
Elijah Porchia had a game-high 76 yards rushing on 18 carries. He had a 22-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter.