On the sweep

Running back Emmanuel "JoJo" Barajas picks up yards on a sweep for the Thunderbirds.

Yucaipa High coach Justin Price fretted heading into his team’s first-place showdown with visiting Cajon on Friday, Oct. 8, and with good reason.

The Cowboys overwhelmed previously unbeaten Yucaipa 42-6.

“We were just out-classed,” Price said. “That’s a great football team. We were watching film on the sideline and trying to make adjustments but we were losing one-on-one matchups at every position.”

Price was impressed with the Cowboys up front and also in the skill positions where they always shine.

“In space, trying to cover those guys – that’s one of the more skilled groups they’ve had in a few years and they executed really well and we didn’t.”

It took Cajon (7-0 overall, 2-0 CBL) 15 plays to score on its first possession, but score it did on a 13-yard pass from Martinez Miles Jr. to Brent Austin. Austin is a transfer from Aquinas. The Cowboys led 8-0 with 6:38 left in the first quarter.

Yucaipa’s one big hurrah came on its first play from scrimmage, a 65-yard TD bolt by senior running back Emmanuel “JoJo” Barajas.

Ahead 8-6, Cajon caught a break on its next possession when Rae Ford caught a tipped pass in full stride and raced 59 yards for a score.

The Cowboys increased their lead to 15-6 and it only got worse from there.

“Right out of the gate we wanted to step on them and get out fast,” said Cajon two-way terror Ethan Powell. “We just felt like we were the better team. We have more athletes, so we use that to our advantage.”

An 18-yard TD run by senior running back Freddy Fletcher increased Cajon’s lead to 22-6 by the end of the first quarter. Scoring passes

of 6 and 28 yards to Powell and Fletcher, respectively, made it 35-6 at the half.

Yucaipa (6-1, 1-1) is at Citrus Valley (5-2, 1-1) at 7 p.m., Oct. 15.

Cajon hosts Beaumont (6-1, 2-0) in a showdown for first place.


Citrus Valley claimed “Grove” supremacy, defeating intra-city rival Redlands East Valley 57-7.

The victory also kept the Blackhawks (5-2, 1-1) one game behind co-leaders Cajon and Beaumont in the Citrus Belt League race.

Brockton Lium played quarterback and completed 13 or 20 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns, with one interception.

Jeremiah Claiborne of the Blackhawks rushed for 120 yards and two scores.

Sophomore receiver Jordyn Harris caught four passes for 102 yards and three scores. Michael Counce also had a short TD run for the Blackhawks.

Joseph Mason-Pacheco had eight tackles for Citrus Valley and Ra’id Bowens, Lium and Joseph Zelaya all had six apiece.

REV freshman quarterback Izaiah Holley completed 16 of 23 passes for 151 yards. Laviel Pickett caught eight of Holley’s passes for 106 yards.

REV meets rival Redlands High School in the Smudge Pot Game at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, at Redlands High.

Citrus Valley hosts Yucaipa at 7 p.m.


The Falcons fell behind by 14 points on homecoming night, but rallied with a 24-yard Dre Robles pass to Cesar Fernandez for a touchdown with two minutes left in the first half. Then, after recovering a fumble, Aquinas tied the game at 14-14 heading into the halftime break, on a 30-yard TD run by Marco Perez.

However, Long Beach Poly pulled away after that, outscoring Aquinas (3-4, 1-0) 27-0 in the second half.

Aquinas hosts Damien of La Verne at 7 p.m. Oct. 16.


San Gorgonio was defeated 49-0 by Eisenhower on Friday, Oct. 8. The loss dropped the Spartans to 3-4 overall. The victory improved Eisenhower to 4-2.

San Gorgonio hosts Kaiser at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15 in a league game. Kaiser is 2-4.

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