HS Football: Temecula Valley Suffers First Loss of the Season as San Jacinto Stuns the Bears 41-3

The Golden Bears Defense Could Not Stop the Tigers & the Offense Never Got Ignited

Temecula Valley brought high hopes and a perfect 4-0 record to San Jacinto Thursday night. They returned home with their first loss of the season, a 41-3 thrashing at the hands of the Tigers.

The stunned Golden Bears will try to regroup and get healthy as they have a Bye next week. They will be taking on arch rival Great Oak in their Southwestern league opener on October third.

We were missing five starters,” Coach Bert Esposito said. “If we’re at full strength, who knows? But hats off to them. That’s a real good football team. The quarterback’s legit. The running back’s legit. And, on defense, they fly to the ball.”

The Golden Bear offense was held to just a field goal, a 26 yarder by Gino Tulimero in the first quarter.

Temecula could not move the ball against the Tigers who scored a touchdown in the first quarter and then exploded for 21 unanswered points in the second to take a 28-3 lead at halftime. 

The Bears defense had no answer for the Tigers as San Jacinto out gained Temecula Valley 320-86 in the first half.

San Jacinto rolled off 13 more points in the third quarter before letting their starters rest. The Tiger defense pounded the Bears as San Jacinto got interceptions from Kameron Rocha and Keith Hunter and were led by Sheldon Newton and Roman Garcia.

The Division 7 Bears were ranked second this week in the CIF Southern Section Polls. The Tigers captured the 10th spot in the Division 6 rankings.

The Golden Bears have a week off before facing Southwestern league rival Great Oak. San Jacinto is also off next week and will play undefeated Beaumont in their Mountain Pass league opener.

Temecula Valley   3  0   0   0   3

San Jacinto             7  21  13 0  41

Photos by Scott Padgett