HS Football: Rancho Christian Fights Hard…Falls Harder To Aquinas 56-10

The Eagles could not Ignite their Potent  Offense against the Falcons Tough Defense

By Lynn Guerin

The Rancho Christian Eagles had a very tough Friday night at the hands of a feisty, fast, and very physical, Aquinas Falcons team, falling hard 56-10.

Aquinas ,lead by their do everything well quarterback-Salieu Ceesay,who ran,threw, kicked off and kicked extra points, racked up 530 total yards,307 yards coming on the ground ,223 through the air, for eight touchdowns.

Ceesay found speedy wide receiver Marceles Gooden for three of the Falcons eight touchdowns, connecting on throws of 34,56, and 79 yards. Ethan Medeiros also caught a 15 yard strike for a TD from Ceesay.

On the ground ,Aquinas was even more effective chewing up yardage in big chunks ,with four touchdowns coming on a 65 yard run Andrew Kellstrom, a 43 yard scramble by Ceesay, and two short bursts of 7 and 3 yards by Marcus Padilla.

Rancho scoring came on a 22 yard field goal by Emma Baker in Rancho’s first possession to take their only lead at 3-0. Carter Treadway threw a 67 yard bomb to Isaiah Knox who made a great catch and run to keep the score close at 14-10 into the second quarter. Rancho actually had a great chance to stay close in the first half, but a goal line opportunity fell short and Rancho turned it over on downs.

Aquinas scored quickly on the 56 yard strike to Gooden, making it 21-10.

After the touchback on the kickoff, Rancho speedster Jaden Schieberl took the ball on the Rancho 20 yard line and sprinted 80 yards into the end zone. A holding call took the points off the board and seemed to take the wind from the Eagles wings.

Aquinas struck quickly again on a Ceesay toss to Gooden who sprinted right down the middle of the field for a 79 yard score and an insurmountable 28-10 lead.

Aquinas put 28 more points up in the 3rd and 4th quarters, and held Rancho scoreless the rest of the way. Injuries and penalties stopped any Rancho second half momentum.

Penalties were plentiful on both sides as 26 flags were thrown –thirteen on each side, for 290 penalty yards.

Rancho’s record now stands at two wins and three losses as they have a much needed bye next week before the start of league play October 6 versus CMI. Aquinas stayed undefeated at 5-0 and appears to be headed for a sustained run come play- off time