The Eagles Soar to a 49-16 Victory
By Lynn Guerin
Rancho will begin defending its 2016 CIF State Title next Friday night, and looked ready for the challenge to come. But on this night, the opposition didn’t bring tournament tough talent or effort and the game was well in hand midway through the second quarter .
Rancho started their scoring on their first series with the ball, big plays came from Jaden Schiberl on a 30 yard screen pass from Carter Treadway,and a 36 yard romp also by Schieberl for the touchdown. Emma Baker kicked her first of 7 straight extra points ,and Rancho lead 7-o.
The lead went to 13-0 when Carter Treadway threw his first of four touchdown passes, a 36 yard strike to tight end Paul Nichols. Treadway was perfect for the night completing 11 straight passes for 201 yards. Emma Baker’s PAT made it 14-0.
Still in the first quarter, Jaden Schieberl took a pitch from Treadway and blasted through the Patriots defense for a 31 yard touchdown run. Bakers kick was good and the lead quickly grew to 21-0.
The second quarter began much like the first quarter ended .The Eagles stingy defense held the Patriots on downs and after a Diego Medina 41 yard punt, The Treadway brothers put on a show. Carter hit Tyler on a 26 yard strike for a first down. After a nice 12 yard run by Schieberl, Carter hit Tyler again on a beautiful out and up route for a 27 yard touchdown. Baker made her fifth PAT-AND THE Eagles were in total command at 35-0.
The Patriots put together a couple of first downs on their next drive, but hope turned to despair when Tyler Treadway kept his magic night going with a 46 yard pick six ,and his third touchdown. Baker made her sixth PAT and the route grew to 42-0. Still not done, Rancho closed out its first half offensive explosion with another touchdown pass ,this one for 11 yards Treadway to Paul Nichols. Emma Bakers 7th Point After completed Rancho’s scoring for the game with 49 first half points.
AJ Yanez Frosh DB kept the defensive pressure on preserving the first half shutout when he made a diving interception of QB Thomas Morrison’s pass. Half time score Rancho Christian 49-Temecula Prep 0
The second half saw a running clock-Rancho resting its starters and two late fourth quarter touchdowns and 2-2 point conversions all by Patriots running back Nick Salvadore. Temecula Prep played hard to the final gun but Rancho celebrated another South Valley League Championship.
The task ahead for Rancho now is to get their highly talented skill players healthy. The playoffs await.
Photos by Erin Baker