The Wildcats Completely Shut Down the Lancers Offense All Night Long
By David Bradshaw
Paloma Valley kept its Sunbelt league record perfect and improved to 2-0 as the Wildcats overwhelmed Lakeside 57-6 Friday night. It began on an optimistic note for the Lancers, as they had a defensive stop on the Wildcats first series. It would all change on the next series.
Paloma Valley scored on its second possession on a touchdown pass from Chance Nolan to Mason Carvalho. Senior defensive back Enrique Bustamante then intercepted a Lakeside pass on the next Drive, setting up another Nolan touchdown pass. .
Lakeside’s next drive ended with yet another interception, this one by Thomas Eddington. Paloma Valley’s Seth Carvalho, playing for the first time this season, fumbled and gave the ball back to Lakeside. Paloma got the ball back on another interception on Lakeside’s next drive by Amir Hasin. The Wildcats then scored on a run by Tyler Tinahui making it 21 to nothing.
Once again the Lancers coughed up the ball when Paloma Valley linebacker Dallas Salgado recovered a fumble and gave the ball back to the Wildcats. Nolan took full advantage of the turnover and hit Carvalho for another touchdown making it 28-0.
The Wildcat defense then forced a punt after Steven Bradshaw sacked their quarterback. That led to a touchdown from Nolan to Carvalho. It was a nice leaping catch in the back of the end zone for his third score of the game and the Wildcats led 35-0.
Lakeside quickly turned the ball over again. Defensive lineman Kanishka Lokusooriya got a “pick 6” to put the Wildcats up 42-0…and we were still in second quarter.
The Wildcats got another stop before halftime and scored after long pass from Nolan to Sam Willis set up a Tyrese Tillman rushing touchdown. There was a bobble snap on the extra point and Damian Torres hit Steven Bradshaw for the two-point conversion… closing out the scoring of the first half at 50-0.
The entire second half was a matter of running clock. Lakeside got in side the 10 in the third quarter but was stopped on downs. Paloma Valley got a late rushing touchdown by AJ Williams to make it 57-0.
Lakeside got on the board with 8 seconds left in the game with an incredible one-handed catch by Sale Lamositele. The extra point failed for a final score of 57 – 6
The Wildcats are home next week to face Sunbelt league rival Elsinore. The Tigers are coming off a 41-13 loss to Heritage. Lakeside will travel across town to take on Temescal Canyon.
Paloma Valley 2-0
Photos & Story by David Bradshaw