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11.25.11 by Valentin Escanuela

The Christian Patriots played host to the Horizon Panthers in the quarterfinals of the San Diego Section D-V playoffs on Friday night.  It was an exciting first half of play that had multiple changes of momentum.  The Patriots put a good drive together that resulted in seven points and an early 7-0 lead.  They were led by their Colorado-bound quarterback, Shane Dillon.  Dillon made things look easy as he completed critical third down passes during the drive. 

With Rayvon Owens in the backfield the Patriots managed to advance the ball down field and quickly scored in the second quarter to give them a 13-0 lead after missing the two point conversion.  It looked like everything was going to go the Patriots way, but the Panthers were relentless in making this a ball game.  They managed to put a drive together before the end of the half, but the Patriots responded with another score and a missed two point conversion to make it a 19-7 game.  With 55 seconds left in the first half, the Patriots kicked off with a low grounder and it was taken by Darren Carrington, an upman of the special teams, and returned to the Patriots' 12 yard line.  Two plays later they found themselves in the endzone with only 26 seconds ticking off the clock and a 19-14 game.  On the ensuing kickoff they pinned the Patriots inside their own 20 and on the first play of the drive, Owens coughed up the ball.  The Panthers managed to capitalize on the turnover, as they scored two plays later to take a 20-19 lead into halftime.

The second half was dominated by the Patriot defense as they held the Panthers offense scoreless through two quarters.  The Panthers had some success with their running game at the beginning of the second half, but that was quickly taken away as coach Matt Oliver made some adjustments defensively that shut down the Panthers run attack.  Kyle Harris caught two passes from Shane Dillon that helped to seal the deal and advance Christian to the semifinals next week.  He was named the KBCsports.com player of the game.   

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