HS Football: Temecula Valley to Face Paloma Valley after Tough Loss to San Jacinto Last Week

The Golden Bears are 3-1 as they Head into their Final Non-League Contest against the Wildcats

Temecula Valley is 3-1 this season as they prepare to meet Paloma Valley in the last non league game of the year. Temecula was off to their best start since 2015 under new Head Coach Bert Esposito, beating Elsinore, West Valley and Norte Vista before running into San Jacinto last Friday night.

The Golden Bears jumped out to a quick 2 touchdown lead in the first quarter. Temecula scored on the first drive of the game as quarterback Easton Gibbs busted loose with a 34-yard touchdown run.

Gibbs would then find senior Cade Churchward all alone for a 24-yard touchdown pass to put the Bears up by 14 and seemingly on their way to their fourth straight victory.

It was not to be. The Golden Bear offense stuttered and San Jacinto’s explosive offesnse would score 41 unanswered points until Temecula got re-ignited in the fourth quarter.

Gibbs left the game in the second quarter because of a possible concussion, and Zach Cutka took over at quarterback. The junior finally got the Golden Bears offense back on track in the fourth quarter. He orchestrated a drive that culminated in a 4 yard keeper for a touchdown.

With just 1 minute to go in the game, Cutka tossed Jon Claros a 15 yard pass and the sophomore found the end zone to make it a 41-28 final.

The victory was the third for San Jacinto over Southwestern league opponents. The Tigers crushed Great Oak 40-6 in the season opener and then edged past Murrieta Mesa 12-7.

Gibbs completed 6 of 10 passes for 82 yards and a touchdown before leaving the game. He led the Golden Bears with 70 yards rushing and was intercepted once. Cutka went 10 for 19 for 72 yards in relief. He threw a TD and an interception.

Quarterback Kajiya Hollowayne completed 15 of 25 passes for 174 yards while throwing 3 touchdowns for the Tigers. Kaleb Hervey caught 2 TDs and Wayne Thomas the other.

Juan Denny led San Jacinto on the ground, scoring 2 touchdowns while gaining146 yards on 25 carries. Damon’ce Williams would score the other rushing touchdown. The Tigers amassed a total of 352 yards of offense against the Golden Bears.

It doesn’t get any easier for Temecula Valley this week. The Golden Bears travel to Menifee to face Paloma Valley. The Wildcats are 2-2 and coming off a dramatic 47-32 victory over JW North last Friday.

San Jacinto is 5-0 and will have a bye this week. The Tigers are back in action on September 28th against Beaumont.

San Jacinto               0   21   14  6    41

Temecula Valley    14    0    0  14   28

Photos by Chuck Brenkus