The rematch turned out to be one-sided at Claremont-Mudd College last Saturday afternoon.
When University of Redlands QB Nathan Martinez scampered in for a 2-yard TD with 34 seconds left in the opening half, the Bulldogs (5-1, 2-1) had a 4-touchdown lead en route to a 45-6 SCIAC win.
Last year, Claremont beat the Bulldogs at Redlands, eventually dead-locking for the SCIAC championship at 6-1. Claremont won the coveted NCAA Division III playoff trip in the tie-breaking criteria.
The Bulldogs, led by DT Elias Hackney, who sacked Claremont QB Zack Fogel, plus interceptions from Jerrell Calhoun, Vinnie Vanhorne and Jermaine Calhoun, along with four QB sacks, limiting an injury-depleted Stags’ attack to 200 total yards. By the fourth quarter, Fogel was replaced.
By halftime, Martinez had thrown for 145 yards, running for another 68 while scoring all four of Redlands’ opening half TDs -- winding up with 202 yards in the air, counting shovel pass TDs to Mason Carvalho and Kai Thompson on the third quarter.
A week earlier, Redlands got beat at Chapman University-Orange, 21-18, thus knocking the Bulldogs down in the national poll.
Citrus Valley 41, Rialto Carter 32 -- Lions’ RB Gustavo Lopez kept scoring and the Blackhawks were having trouble on homecoming night before Tyler Thomas intercepted a pass for Citrus Valley at midfield. On the TD-throwing countdown surrounding Dylan Wheatley, he waited until the final quarter to spot Jordan Scott on a 49-yarder, TD pass No. 33 this season.
Aquinas 20, Temecula Linfield Christian 3 – QB Francisco Mauigoa, who found Jalen Cooper on an 11-yard TD, hit on a pair of passes to Rodarial Abercrombie to set up his own 3-yard run for a 13-0 lead before Terayon Sweet’s 28-yard TD run. Throw in the Falcons’ defense, which held off the high-scoring Lions. Sione Lolohea led a solid line charge, Anthony Cooper and Mauigoa each came up with interceptions to hold Linfield to a field goal.
Note: Aquinas played a Linfield Christian team averaging nearly 49 points a game before hold the Lions in a 20-3 finale.
San Gorgonio 35, Fontana Jurupa Hills 27 – A curious note on a penalty-filled game in which not a single flag was thrown in the second quarter. Three offsetting penalties (6 flags, total) were added to 24 accepted penalties -- 107 yards against San G, 85 against Jurupa Hills. There was also an unexplained 5-yard penalty after San G recovered an on-sides kick after officials returned the ball to Jurupa Hills’ possession. “I read them the rule,” said San G coach Rich McClure.
San Bernardino Valley 20, Antelope Valley 13 – The Wolverines had to score late, and then had pull off a two-point conversion to beat the Marauders. It took QB Jeremy Moussa’s 86-yard TD pass to Latavion Staple with 4:12 left to pull out the win. Ben Falck was called upon to boot field goals of 25 and 30 yards. Shaylan Lewis came up with a 33-yard fumble return that gave SBVC an early 9-0 lead.
Univ. Redlands 45, Claremont-Mudd 6 – It was the kind of game where plenty of players appeared -- 10 receivers catching passes, 18 more defenders making at least two tackles -- with Alex Raya’s 37-yard field goal getting the scoring underway.
Friday’s prep games
Citrus Valley (8-0, 3-0) at Cajon (6-2, 3-0), 7 p.m. – Now that Jonathan Calderon has apparently taken over as Cowboys’ QB -- he was Citrus Valley’s starter last season -- the game has turned into a nice little revenge game. The season started with transfer Patrick Ragan taking the snaps.
Soph RB Freddy Fletcher is about to surpass 1,000 yards on the ground. Calderon is throwing for over 100 yards a game, rushing for 6 yards a carry with ex-San Gorgonio speedster Larenzo McMillan among the top receivers.
Cajon’ defense has over 10 QB sacks and 11 interceptions to throw at Wheatley.
Rialto Eisenhower (5-3, 3-0) at San Gorgonio (7-1, 3-0), 7 p.m. – Last year’s Eagles-Spartans war came down to a missed PAT kick, 21-20, with Ike winning. San G has a placekicker this season, namely Rodrigo Martinez Sampayo, who booted all five PAT kicks in last week’s big game against Jurupa Valley.
Ike’s senior QB Caesar Ayala has thrown for 2,000 yards of passes this season, Davyon Benton (54-yard TD catch last week), Louis Simpson and Isaac Baker his chief targets. That quartet scored big in a 62-7 win over Rim of the World last week, with junior RB Jordan Goodloe inching closer to the 1,000-yard milestone.
Aquinas (6-2, 3-0) vs. Arrowhead Christian at Citrus Valley (4-4, 2-1), 7 p.m. – On paper, this looks like a battle for first place, but the Division 5 Falcons are far deeper and physically able to handle a Division 12 Eagles’ squad. Since taking over at QB after the mandatory sit-out period for transferring players, Mauigoa has given Aquinas a new look on offense. Sweet and Isaac Handy, especially on jet sweeps, are setting up downfield looks to Terence Fall, Abercrombie and the Coopers, Anthony and Jalen.
Underlying the whole picture is Aquinas’ remarkable defense -- over 20 QB sacks, only 1 TD allowed since Oct. 4. Fifty-two of its 87 points allowed this season came in Aquinas’ 0-2 start against defending CIF champions Grace Brethren and Fontana Kaiser.
Saturday’s college games
San Bernardino Valley College (5-1, 1-0) at Mt. San Jacinto (6-0, 1-0), 1 p.m. – Both the Eagles and Wolverines won games on the road in the high desert, preserving this matchup for a share of first place in the American-Mountain Conference.
The battle of QBs -- Moussa had 16 completions for 248 yards last week, while MSJ’s Brett Virgil has 18 TD passes for over 1,000 yards -- will tell the tale of this game.
Univ. La Verne (2-3, 1-1) at University of Redlands (5-1, 2-1), 7 p.m. – The Leopards, coming off a 50-30 win over Whittier, surrendered over 500 yards total offense to the Poets while turning a close game, 36-30, into a 20-point gap with a pair of fourth quarter TDs. Martavius Holliday, who ran for 96 yards, scored 4 TDs against Whittier while Sam Taylor piled up 111 yards on nine carries.