Wildcat Quarterback Mason Carvalho Ran for Three Touchdowns & Threw Another
Paloma Valley’s first game at home had lots of changes this year. Same numbers, a lot of new players, new helmets and even a new announcer. The stands were packed. The home team did not disappoint, beating JW North 47-22 in front of an enthusiastic home crowd.
Wildcat quarterback Mason Carvalho got things started right away. The senior found an opening and scampered 74 yards on Paloma Valley’s first offensive play. “Carvalho was ridiculous” said long time Wildcat supporter David Bradshaw. “ He ran for three touchdowns and threw for another”.
The next time the Wildcats touched the ball, Paloma Valley drove the ball 85 yards and capped it off with a nine yard touchdown run from Jacob Torres. The senior fullback would score again on the Wildcats next possession to make it 20-0.
With 7 minutes to go in the first half, Paloma Valley jumped out to it’s biggest lead of the game. Carvalho found a seam and made it 27-0 with his second TD run,
JW North finally got things going with 6 minutes to go in the half. The Huskies scored 2 quick rushing touchdowns to make it a 27-14 score at the half.
Carvalho went to work in the third quarter. He tossed Jared Garcia a 12 yard screen pass for a touchdown. JW North would score another TD on a short run to inch closer, 33-22. Then, Jared Garcia busted loose with a 55 yard run for the Wildcats and seemed to put the game out of reach, 40-22.
Carvalho’s third touchdown run of the night with 8 minutes left in the game made it 47-22. The Huskies never gave up. JW North would score 2 more touchdowns in the final quarter as time finally ran out.
“I’m really proud that we were able to rebound like this,” said Paloma Valley head coach Tom Tello. “This was the most energy I have seen from this group all year, and it was great to see it against a quality North team.”
Carvalho ran for 258 yards on 11 carries and completed 3 of his 6 passes for 57 yards and a touchdown. Derrick Dortch moved the chains all night behind an O line that, when it could avoid penalties, was opening big holes. He ended up with 136 rushing yards. Jared Garcia had 2 catches for 54 yards.
Venasio Mikaele ran for 117 yards while Jerrell Calhoun gained 92 yards for the Huskies.
Paloma Valley will be home next week to face Temecula Valley. The Golden Bears are 3-1 after loosing their first game of the season to San Jacinto 41-28 last night. JW North will travel to Perris to battle the Panthers.
JW North 0 14 8 10 32
Paloma Valley 20 7 13 7 47
Photos by Jennifer Hauser