HS Football: Murrieta Mesa Falls to Cajon 56-28 in the CIF-SS Division 4 Semifinals


The Rams Magical Season Comes to an Abrupt End in San Bernardino

Murrieta Mesa’s Magical season came to an end Friday night at Cajon High School in San Bernardino. The Rams had the best season in their school history, advancing all the way to the CIF Southern Section Championship Semifinals. Murrieta Mesa had never won a CIF playoff game before this season.

Cajon surprised the Rams defense and jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter. They would score another touchdown in the second period to make it 28-0 before the Rams offense came to life. Cajon never looked back. They scored twice in the third quarter and another 2 touchdowns in the final quarter to cruise to a 56-28 victory.

Murrieta Mesa quarterback Jeff Miller struggled to get things started in the first half. The senior went 6-of-15 passing for only 49 yards in the two quarters. Miller ended the game going 16 for 35 with 245 yards. He threw three touchdown passes.

Senior Daemahni Williams was on the receiving end of 2 touchdown passes. The first was in the third quarter and the second in fourth. The Cowboys keyed on star receiver Gio Sanders, double teaming the talented senior and gave Miller headaches all night. Kai Thompson had a rushing touchdown and also caught a pass for a score.

The Cowboys quarterback Jayden Daniels shined for Cajon. The junior completed 16 of 23 passes for 319 yards. He also tossed and four touchdowns,and gained another 149 yards and two scores on the ground.

Receiver Darren Jones caught six balls for 162 yards. His two TD receptions in the fourth quarter sealed the deal for the Rams. Omar Perkins and Dejuan Moon also caught touchdowns for the Cowboys.

That wide receiver played awesome tonight,” said Murrieta Mesa coach Darrel Turner. “He did some things that only great athletes can do. Cajon had a great game plan and they’ve got the athletes to hurt you with big plays.”

We battled hard but we came up short” said Rams receiver Gio Sanders. “They were the better team tonight”

The Rams ended the 2017 football season with a record of 9-4.They had the best season in school history and are poised to make an impact on the Southwestern league in the future.

We are a great year and and I am proud to be part of a historical football season added Gio Sanders. “The players and coaches worked hard all season and the results were seen on the field. I feel like we have changed the culture of Mesa football”.

Cajon advances to play Downey in the CIF Southern Section Championship Game on Saturday, December 2.

Photos by Trisha Sanders

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