Standing in the pocket behind a solid offensive line, the 6-0, 200-pound senior Pena finished with 335 passing yards and four scores, and gave the Reggies the lead for good with a 10-yard toss to Batista with 9:38 left in the third.
The Reggies relied so heavily on the pass they had minus one yard on six rushing attempts in the first half.
Not to be outdone, however, running back Anthony Vasquez handled the final two touchdowns on runs of 10 and 1 yards.
Meanwhile, the defense buckled down after intermission as the Gryphons accumulated only 31 of their 245 total yards. Batista, Torres and Isaiah Roman each had an interception while a front led by Eric Rodriquez, Edgardo Garcia and Ramon Montas had 12 tackles for losses.
“Defensively, we settled down at the end,” Sarkis said. “They easily could’ve folded, but I think as a team we took a step forward and matured a little.”