Village Christian Shows Strong Performance after COVID Delays

After all the delays, the Zoom meetings, the practices and the anticipation, Village Christian head football coach Richard Broussard was able to gather his troops and play some football during spring 2021. With COVID-19 postponing the usual 2020 fall football campaign, the Crusaders were able to play a shorter, but no less exciting, football season.

With a schedule of four games, Village Christian put together a 2-2 season, while averaging over 33 points a game. From March 20 until April 10, VC opened up against Heritage Christian, as both teams looked sharp for their opening contests. Heritage edged VC 24-19, as VC player of the game Elijah Lee led the way. Lee, a senior running back and defensive back, finished the shortened season with 641 rushing yards in 74 carries for an 8.7 average.

One week later, VC picked up its first win of the season over Whittier Christian defeating WC 41-0. Senior leadership was determined the key in the game as the player of the game, senior Aiven Martinez at the quarterback, led the air attack with a 27-46 performance for 389 yards that included six touchdowns and no interceptions. Junior wide receiver Sam Faulkner was on the other end of many of those completions and who should be the go-to receiver next season. 

Week 3 of the season was one to remember as Maranatha and VC combined for 77 points in a 42-35 Maranatha win. Junior wide receiver Evan Clarizio was named VC player of the game while reigning offensive lineman MVP of the Olympic League, Dan Callison, played well in the trenches. Callison played every offensive snap this season, giving up no sacks while credited with 30 “pancake” blocks. The 6’3″, 290-lb. lineman also moved well, showing 5.8 speed and quickness along the offensive line.

The concluding game of this short four game season was on April 10 when VC met Whittier Christian on the gridiron, defeating WC 38-6. QB Aiven Martinez was named player of the game with additional outstanding performances by Isaac Estrada, Elijah Lee, Jesse Garcia and Asael Santiago.  

Estrada, a two-way player at linebacker and fullback, shined on both sides of the ball with two sacks on the year, 2-2 point conversions, 7.4 average yards on his carries, and 20 tackles.

Elijah McGee carried the load well with his 4.5 speed and followed the path carved out by lineman Jesse Garcia graded out with a 76% blocking proficiency. Santiago worked on both sides of the ball as well, averaging three solo tackles a game.