Playing their first home game with a new offense designed by coach Mario Robinson, the Carpinteria High School Warriors gave up two fumbles and a first quarter interception which catapulted the visiting Pirates of Santa Ynez to a 28-0 lead in Friday night football on Aug. 30.
The Pirates never looked back, cruising to a 42-0 victory at Valley Memorial Stadium. It marked the fifth win in a row for Santa Ynez in the game that’s been played each year between the two schools since 1941. With the win, the Pirates improve to 1-1 on the season and tie the overall series record at 32-32-5. Carpinteria starts the season at 0-1.
“We got the first game jitters out of the way, and now they can play football and be ready to go,” said Robinson of his team’s play, looking ahead to the next game.
Santa Ynez wasted little time getting on the scoreboard. Led by the swift running of Anthony Gills and savvy play of quarterback Bennett Redell, the Pirates drove inside the Warriors’ red zone on their first possession. Redell then hooked up with Lars Ladinig for a 10-yard scoring strike to take a 7-0 lead with 8:17 left in first quarter. Both teams exchanged punts, but when Gills’ punt caromed off a Warrior player, the Pirates were in business at the Carpinteria 38.
Redell once again connected with Ladinig, putting the ball at the Warrior five. Two plays later, Redell’s quarterback sneak from one yard out made it 14-0. When the ensuing kickoff was bobbled, the Pirates pounced on it, giving them another good opportunity to score with the ball on the Carpinteria seven. Redell found Ladinig again for another score to make it 21-0 with still 4:11 left in the opening stanza.
The Warriors turned the ball over a second time when quarterback Will Collins’ pass was intercepted by Gills, giving Santa Ynez good field position yet again at the Carpinteria 25. The Pirates cashed in on Logan Ast’s leaping catch over Carpinteria defenders, bringing down Redell’s third touchdown pass of the night to put the score at 28-0. The visitors added two more touchdowns before halftime—one on a 15-yard pass from Redell to Camron Prendergast and another on defense, as Gills returned his second interception of the night, 55 yards for the other. An interception by the Warriors’ Richard De Alba at the end of the half, helped keep the score at 42-0 going into the intermission.
The home team shut out Santa Ynez the rest of the way. Diego Hernandez thwarted one drive with an interception in the end zone, and the Warriors started a drive of their own. Behind the solid running of Tristan Kelly and a prompt completion on fourth down from alternate quarterback Diego Mendez to Hernandez, they drove to the Pirates’ four. After reaching the one-yard line however, an errant snap on fourth down ended the drive.
Carpinteria had another chance to score early in the fourth quarter after Irving Garcia recovered a Pirate fumble. But Victor Rinaldi’s 37-yard field goal attempt fluttered wide to the left. Redell was named the game’s MVP, throwing four touchdowns and running in one. Tyler Germani took home the “Pirate Pride” award who had six tackles for the game, including two sacks, and Diego Hernandez captured the “Warrior Spirit Never Dies” award.
Injuries to standouts Danny Grimes and Jacob Macias will make it challenging for the Warriors to rebound against Beverly Hills on Friday, Sept. 6. “They’re going to continue to battle, that’s their character, so it will all be good,” said Robinson. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at Valley Memorial Stadium.