HS Football: Murrieta Mesa Defeats Tahquitz 35-18


The Rams Get Back on Track and Improve to 2-1

11064887_527696170716461_4049447262379648992_nAfter a slow start, the Rams scored 21 points in the second quarter to take a commanding 21-6 lead by halftime. The offense seemed to stall in the second half as Murieta Mesa put a touchdown on the board in each of the final 2 quarters to outlast the Titans to secure their second victory of the season.

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12002126_527696380716440_4806167486344805940_nCoach Justin Schaeffer was pleased with the victory over Tahquitz but a little frustrated with how the game went. “We made a few mistakes and we put ourselves into some poor situations with some mishaps,” he said. “We just need to be more consistent with our tempo, more consistent with our execution.  Our defense needs to stop giving up the big play”

11204417_527696474049764_6452036000353178078_nQuarterback Peyton Uhl got the Rams on the board in the second quarter on a 8-yard TD pass to McKinnly Ross and then ran one in from the 17-yard line. Senior Maxwell Scott intercepted Titan quarterback William Keegan’s passed and took it 30-yards into the end zone.

Uhl’s  second touchdown in the third quartet to was to Giovani Sanders. Tahguitz right back and drove down the field and scored on Keegan’s 3-yard QB keeper to make it 28-12. The Titans made it exciting when Marquan Conerly-Warren put the end zone with a 4-yard run early in the fourth quarter.12006115_527696230716455_5216665585935709730_n

The Rams put the game away with just over 4-minutes  to play when sophomore quarterback Jeff Miller found Ross in the flat who turned the corner and scored on a 9-yard touchdown.

Mateo Thompson is still nursing an injury from last week but was still perfect with 5-PATs. He only had one touchback in his 6-kickoffs and apparently the injury is still bothering him.11998924_527696240716454_5215216101183674872_n

The Rams will next travel to Palm Springs to take on the red hot Indians who beat Temescal canyon 40-8 and starts the season at 3-0. Tahquitz drops to 0-2 and will face Rancho Mirage Friday.

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