The Pumas Tough, Swarming Defense Completely Shut Down the Wolfpack Attack
Chaparral and Great Oak have been in a battle for the city Championship for the better part of 15 years as one of the two teams have claimed the tittle. This year, the game was a bit different as Great Oak had already lost to Temecula Valley and Chaparral had beat Temecula Valley.
Great Oak was in position to play the spoiler vs Chaparral, meaning a win by Great Oak equals no city Championship for the Pumas. Well, the Pumas were having none of that. Chaparral put up 21 points before the Wolfpack was able to respond with a score in the third quarter. In fact, the Chaparral JV team also claimed the city Championship with their 48-24 victory over Great Oak.
Jordan White, had himself a great game with a touchdown reception on offense and an acrobatic interception in the end zone. The Pumas seem to be on a roll and firing on all cylinders with the offense, defense and special teams having their sights set on a Division 4 playoff run.
Great Oak received the opening kickoff before punting the ball away. The two teams exchanged possessions before Chaparrals Orlando Ornelas hit Jordan White in the left corner of the end zone with a perfect pass form 11 yards out. The extra point made the score 7-0 Chaparral in the 1st quarter.
Great Oaks defense, led by Preston Toner, tightened up and held the Pumas scoreless on the next several possessions. In the second quarter the Great Oak offense was gaining some momentum with the hard running of running back James Mullen and drove to the Chaparral 14 yard line.
Great Oak attempted a post route over the middle and Chaparrals Jordan White leaped backwards in the air and came up with the fingertip interception to end the threat. The turnover led to a 70 yard sprint down the right hash for a touchdown by Stanley Dixon, with the extra point the Pumas led 14-0.
Chaparrals third touchdown of the half came with about a minute left in half. Ornelas ran into the end zone from the one yard line after a 12 play drive. With the extra point, the Pumas led 21-0 going into the half.
Chaparrals Koalle Schroeder received the second half kickoff at about the Chaparral 5 yard line and brought it out to the Great Oak 45 yard line. The Pumas drove to the Wolfpacks 20 yard line before turning the ball over on downs.
The Wolfpack then went on a long 18 play drive which took the majority of the third quarter and got on the board with a one yard run by James Mullen for the score. The extra point the Pumas made the score 21-7.
Midway through the 4th quarter with the Wolfpack looking to tighten the score from the Pumas 40 yard line, Great Oak attempted an out pass to the left. Chaparral corner back Jahiel Blue-Smith got a jump on it, intercepted the ball and ran it back for the final score of the night. With the extra point, the Pumas led 28-7.
With time winding down at the Chaparral 40 yard line Great Oak attempted one final pass into the end zone. The final play of the game ended, just as it had the week prior, with another Jemaar Robinson interception which he brought out to the 50 yard line.
The win for Chaparral, coupled with Temecula Valleys victory over Murrieta Mesa means Chaparral is now tied for third place in the Southwestern league. Additionally, Murrieta Mesa had to forfeit some early season wins which brings their overall records to 3-7.
More to come this Sunday on the playoff edition of the Southwestern league roundup after CIF announces the playoff births.
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Southwestern League Standings
Vista Murrieta, 5-0, 8-2 Overall
Murrieta Valley. 4-1, 6-4 Overall
Chaparral, 2-3, 7-3 Overall
Temecula Valley, 2-3, 5-5 Overall
Murrieta Mesa, 2-3, 3-7 Overall
Great Oak, 0-5, 1-9 Overall
Photos by Rudolph Castillo & Jennifer Sevilla