Modesto Christian hammers Placer to take section title

Modesto Christian's Kevin Roya scored four touchdowns and Isaiah Burse ran for two and threw for two to lead the Crusaders past Placer 61-40 in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV title game on Friday night in Stockton.

The combined 101 points set a section title game record.

Here is the scoring breakdown:

Modesto Christian 61, Placer 40 on Keaton Engel's 12-yard TD run with 49 seconds left. Pearson makes the extra point. The drive was set up by an interception.

Modesto Christian 54, Placer 40 on Burse's 27-yard TD pass to Roya on a fade pass in the corner. The drive was set up by MC's recovery of a pooch kick following the Placer touchdown and a Burse-to-Roya connection for 16 yards on third-and-eight. Roya caught a pass from Burse for the two-point play. There is 3:34 left in the game.

Modesto Christian 46, Placer 40 on Gotzmer's 5-yard TD run with 6:03 left in the game. The extra-point attempt failed. The drive was set up after a Burse to Roya handoff exchange was fumbled near midfield.

Modesto Christian 46, Placer 34 on Asher Gotzmer's 8-yard TD run. The extra-point attempt failed. Placer tried an onside kick following the TD and MC recovered.

End of third quarter, MC 46, Placer 28

Modesto Christian 46, Placer 28 on Keaton Engel's 9-yard TD run with 5 seconds left in the third quarter. Drive set up by when Raymond Nelson hit the quarterback and caused a fumble, recovered by the Crusaders.

Modesto Christian 40, Placer 28 on Roya's 7-yard TD run. Drive set up by Modesto Christian interception deep in Placer territory and Burse 23-yard run on broken play on fourth-and-2 from Placer 30. Two-point pass play failed. There's 1:37 left in third quarter.

Modesto Christian 34, Placer 28 on Roya's 22-yard TD run. Drive set up by Raymond Nelson fumble recovery after he hit the Placer quarterback attemping a "Statue of Liberty" play. Extra point attempt blocked.

Halftime, MC 28, Placer 28

Richard T. Estrada's instant analysis: Modesto Christian isn't tackling well, not wrapping up. They're having a difficult time contending with Placer's Wing-T, specifically when Placer goes to the second and third back.

Weather not much of a factor. Lincoln High is turf. Rain toward the end of the second half and at halftime. Both quarterbacks are throwing well and nobody is slipping or falling. Not a great crowd, but that's because of the rain.

Burse has about 120 yards passing, 89 yards rushing. Burse, Kevin Roya and Raymond Nelson are providing the offense for the Crusaders.


Modesto Christian 28, Placer 28 on Asher Gotzmer's 63-yard TD run with 4:18 left in first half.

Modesto Christian 28, Placer 21 on Kevin Roya's 1-yard run. Drive was aided by a 26-yard Roya run and a 29-yard pass from Burse to Raymond Nelson on 4th-and-2 near midfield. 5:00 left in first half.

Placer 21, Modesto Christian 21 on Isaiah Burse 12-yard TD run, 10:34 left in second quarter.

End of first quarter

Placer 21, Modesto Christian 14 on Colin Burnett's 24-yard TD pass to Josh Klem. Placer drive began after a Modesto Christian fumble.

Placer 14, Modesto Christian 14 on Dalton Dyer's 38-yard TD run. Placer drive began after a Burse interception in the end zone.

Modesto Christian 14, Placer 7 on Dalton Dyer's 1-yard TD run.

Modesto Christian 14, Placer 0 on Isaiah Burse's 8-yard TD run.

Modesto Christian 6, Placer 0 on Isaiah Burse's 48-yard TD pass to David Sjelin.