The Eagles could not Ignite their Potent Offense against the Falcons Tough Defense
By Lynn Guerin
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.
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 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.
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