The Fullerton Hornets are set to duel against the Mt. San Antonio College Mounties in the first round of the Southern California Football Association (SCFA) Regional Playoffs.
The game is set to be a rematch in which these two schools met in mid-September. The Hornets (8-2, 6-0) suffered a 34-10 defeat on the road. The silver lining is that Fullerton now has a chance to play the same team at home this time.
Fullerton bounced back and responded to the loss by winning seven of their next eight games.
Despite the home field advantage, the Mounties (8-2, 4-2) will be a tough puzzle to solve as their dominating victories have led them to this point. The team’s average point differential per game is +25.4.
The Hornets have been involved in a couple shootouts this year but their defense has been impressive as well, allowing 23.8 points per game in conference play, which is good for No. 5 in the SCFA.
In their first meeting, the Hornets were able to limit the Mounties’ high-flying pass attack, holding quarterback Justin Alo to 215 yards and 6.3 yards per attempt, which is down from his per-game average of 245.5 yards and 8.5 yards per attempt.
Repeating this performance from the pass defense will be critical as Mt. Sac have a variety of weapons, including wide receiver Derrick Macon who has 10 touchdowns on just 25 receptions and 629 yards to go along with it.
The rematch has much bigger implications than the first. Winner moves on and the loser’s season ends abruptly. The game is set to kickoff on November 22 at 1 p.m. at Shapell Memorial Stadium in Yorba Linda.