HS Football: Rancho Christian Triumph 56-20 over Calvary Murrieta

The Eagles Take Sole  Possession of First Place in the South Valley League 

By Lynn Guerin

In a battle to establish dominance in the South Valley league, the Rancho Christian Eagles did just that as they scored early and often to defeat rival Calvary Murietta, 56-20.

The Warriors in their initial offensive series got on the scoreboard quickly with a 57 yd catch and sprint to the end zone by Trevor Perea. A two point conversion failed but Calvary had a 6-0 lead before fans had time to get mustard on their hot dogs.

That Warrior lead didn’t last long as Rancho took the kickoff, put a sustained drive together with Carter Treadway completing passes of 13,14,and 28 yards to brother Tyler Treadway, and Jo Jo Saatzer.

Jaden Schieberl and Colton Bulger added the ground and pound with Schieberl scoring his first of three touchdowns on the night punching it in from the 3 yd line. The only Calvary lead of the night was gone quickly, when Emma Baker kicked the extra point for a 7-6 Rancho lead.

Rancho would score the games next 42 points and take a commanding 49-6 lead in to halftime.

Four of the six touchdowns came from the offense and 2 scores were sparkling defensive plays by linebacker Ryan Esposito. Esposito showed running back speed and moves on a 32 yard pick six.  Hunter Rapolla caused the fumble and scooped it up and went 52 yards for another the touchdown .

Jaden Schieberl flashed his breakaway speed on touchdown runs of 71 and 91 yards.

Carter Treadway ran for a 9 yd touchdown and hit Hunter Rapolla on a 20 yard TD strike.

Freshman running back Jaxon Trevithick scored his first varsity touchdown-and Rancho’s eighth of the game in the 3rd quarter as he took a pitch at the 6 and ran across the goal line. Emma Baker was 8 for 8 on extra points and Rancho left no doubt about South Valley league leadership.

Calvary playing short- handed all night at their skill positions-especially losing starting quarterback, Brandon Baker, never stopped battling and put up 2 touchdowns and a 2 point conversion late in the 3rd quarter and fourth quarter by the Perea tandem of Trevor and Dustin .

Rancho improved its season record to 5 wins and 3 losses as it prepares to complete South Valley League play over the next 2 weeks against Nuview High and Temecula Prep. Rancho’s goal is to post 2 wins and qualify to defend last year’s CIF State Title. It could happen!

Photos by Erin Baker