If last week was any indication of what the season will bring, the Spartans of San Gorgonio seemed to be on pretty good footing.
The Spartans beat the Yucaipa Thunderbirds with confidence and determination, with a score of 38-28 for the Thunderbirds.
This game was not a nail-biter, as were the last few.
San G allowed Yucaipa to put the first points on the board.
The Thunderbirds dominated the scoreboard with a score of 14 to nil.
Jaheim Crawford broke the through, with a 4-yard touchdown run.
Yucaipa sustained their lead and completed a 33-yard field goal, raising their score to 17.
Demajea Mitchell also responded with another touchdown for the Spartans.
San G seemed to play with confidence that lacked in their previous games.
The second half belonged to San G, by one point.
Both teams were physical, not leaving much wiggle room for each of the offenses, respectively.
With a little over two minutes in the third quarter, the game was tied at 25.
The Thunderbirds responded with a 40-yard field goal, allowing Yucaipa to hold the lead by 3.
Demajea Mitchell and Jalen Matthews scored, respectively, for San G.
The clincher was an intercepted pass by Spartan Damian Rubio, with 1:42 left in the game.
Spartans 38-Yucaipa 28.
Grabbing interceptions seems to be Rubios forte, as of late.
Despite the loss of many graduates last year, San G’s Coach Rich McClure was very satisfied with game’s effort.
“I feel better,” said McClure, with a huge grin on his face.
“Even though we still did stupid things. We’re learning not to do those things. We’re doing a better job at remaining focused. When you start to man-up to things, it shows.”
“Obviously, our special teams did a great job,” he added. “Offensively, we finally got our rhythm.”
Regarding the last interception by Rubio, the coach was tongue in cheek.
“We should have had an interception by Dejon,” said McClure. “These guys talk about how they want the want the rock, and then they put the ball on the ground.”
Linebacker Desi Gonzales came to mind, as McClure reflected on the game.
“Desi is a monster,” said McClure.“He was all over the place. He pretty much made every play, in the second half.
“Desi is starting to understand the nuances of his position. This game was a little bit of a coming out for him. He’s easily the defensive MVP.”