Pumas Continue Dominance of Temecula Valley in a Friday Night Thriller
By Jennifer Sevilla
Chaparral (6-3 Overall, 1-3 league) won their 13th straight victory over Temecula Valley (4-5 Overall, 1-3 league) last night. To the win make it even sweeter for the Pumas. It was senior night in front of a packed home town croud.
However, this was far from a walk in the park.
The Pumas and Bears fought every step of the way and after the game it was evident both teams left all they had on the field. Both Teams had dynamic playmakers at quarterback in Orlando Ornelas for the Pumas and Golden Bears Easton Gibbs. Each could change the game in a single play.
The Bears started out with an onside kick over the first line and recovered the ball near the Pumas 45 yard line. The dynamic Easton Gibbs guided the bears to the 20 yard line. Gibbs received the ball in what looked like a designed run. Instead, he set up and threw a pass into the end zone to Cade Churchward for a touchdown. After the successful extra point, Temecula Valley led 7-0.
Temecula Valley attempted a squib kick on the ensuing kickoff. The ball landed in the waiting hands of Jordan White who raced up the sideline for an 80 yard score. The extra point was good tying the score at 7 a piece.
Both teams exchanged possession before Gibbs took the snap, found a seam and dashed up the right hash for a 55 yard touchdown. The successful extra point made it 14-7 for the Golden Bears.
The Pumas drove deep into Bears territory after a 35 yard Orlando Ornelas pass into the waiting hands of Jordan White. The drive stalled after a few penalties and the pumas turned the ball over on downs. After the Pumas forced the Bears to punt they began the next drive at about their own 30 yard line. After a series filled with long runs by Ornelas and Elgin Vasquez, the Pumas tied the score at 14 after a 1 yard Ornelas keeper up the middle.
The Bears wasted little time in regaining the lead. Five plays after receiving the kickoff, Gibbs ran 45 yards up the left hash for a touchdown to go ahead 21-14.
The Bears forced the Pumas to punt on the Pumas next possession. Temecula Valley then would miss a 30 yard field goal attempt, giving the Pumas the ball on the Chaparral 20 yard line. With about three minutes remaining in the half. Chaparral took full advantage of the opportunity.
With a heavy dose of Vasquez, Stanley Dixon and Marc Mcmahon runs with some expertly placed Ornelas passes to Koalle Shroeder, Chaparral was able to tie the game at 21 after a 10 yard TD run by Ornelas.
However, Temecula was not just going to kneel on the ball and head into halftime. Gibbs completed a 20 yard pass to Owen Korinek which took the Bears to the Chaparral 40 yard line. A few Chaparral defensive penalties got Temecula Valley to about the 7 yard line and the Bears were poised to retake the lead. Gibbs scrambled and was able to get a pass off to Churchward which fell off the wide reciever’s outstretched hands in the corner of the end zone as time expired.
The Second half began with both teams exchanging possessions before Gibbs struck again. This time with a 65 yard sprint up the right hash for the score to make it 28-21. Once again,The Golden Bears recaptured the lead.
After several possession changes, Chaparral regained the momentum after a 45 yard Ornelas’ pass to Jordan White put Chaparral at the Temecula 30 yard line. After some tough running by Vasquez and Dixon, Ornelas completed a 20 yard pass to White to tie the score at 28.
Chaparral pooch kicked the ensuing kickoff which bounced off a Bear and right into the Pumas waiting hands giving the Pumas the ball at the Bears 35 yard line. Seizing the huge momentum shift, Ornelas on two separate run plays got Chaparral to the 2 yard line. Vasquez Capped the drive with a 2 yard dive up the middle and Chaparral took the lead 35-28. \
After both teams exchanged possessions, Temecula ended up with the ball at their 23 yard line with under two minutes to play. Gibbs completed a 17 yard pass to Logan Moreno moving Temecula to their own 40 yard line. Gibbs completed another 10 yard pass to Anson Pulsipher who made a great catch on the sideline to keep the drive alive.
A 10 yard screen pass to Logan Moreno brought the Bears to the Pumas 40 yard line with under a minute to play. On the ensuing play Gibbs rolls left and has Chaparral linebacker Tristan Ramirez barreling down at him. Gibbs heaved a pass toward the end zone and Chaparral’s Jemmar Robinson literally leapt into action and came up with the game sealing interception at the 5 yard line ensuring the win for Chaparral.
The Chaparral receiving corps, coached by 6 year NFL veteran and former Olympian Prentice Byrd, were prepared and ready to go for just such a game, and the receivers responded with huge plays when they needed them.
Chaparral Offensive Coordinator Rick Mey was able to attack Temecula Valleys defense with a balanced attack that appeared to keep the Bears on their heels for most of the night as many players were thrown in the mix.
With the win Chaparral set itself up to become Temecula City Champions if they pull out a victory next week when they travel to play Great Oak (1-8 Overall, 0-4 league). Temecula Valley will host Murrieta Mesa (5-4 Overall, 2-2 league) next Friday.
By Jennifer Sevilla