Photo by Fonzie Gomez
When you convert on a turnover, win the battle of field position, and execute when needed, you should certainly win a game, and the Riverside Rangers did just that, as they were able to spoil homecoming for the Jefferson Silver Foxes, 32-16.
Both teams slugged it out in the first quarter and were scoreless, 0-0, going back and forth, but Jefferson took care of that and got things going when Carlos Macias ran it in from 3 yards out. But after a bad snap on the extra point, the Foxes led 6-0. After a special team’s mishap, Riverside capitalized on a 22 yard pass from Isaac Pickard to Josh Lopez, and with the PAT good, Riverside led 7-6, with 8:00 to go in the first half, then padded the lead a little over a minute later, with a 34 yard Field Goal by Alexis Minjarez at the 6:54 mark.
Midway into the 3rd quarter, Jefferson got the scoring started in the 2nd half on a Field Goal from 34 yards out by Erick Ordiozola, and Jefferson was down 10-9, with 6:37 in the 3rd. That’s when Riverside took control and on first down of the ensuing possession, Pickers threw a lateral pass to Frank Estrada, who then turned around and hit Aaron Aguilar in stride, and 75 yards and a touchdown later, the extra point was blocked, so Riverside led 16-9, and 6:23 left in the 3rd. After a three and out, a penalty, and great field position, Riverside’s Aaron Aguilar catch a 19 yard pass for a touchdown, giving Riverside a commanding 23-9 lead, with 4:52 in the 3rd.
In the fourth quarter, Riverside’s Jesus Escalante, who is 5th in the state in sacks, got another with a monster sack in the end zone, getting a safety for the Rangers. As they led 25-9, the Rangers wasted no time as they scored on a 17 run by Pickard, making it 32-9 at that point, 9:24 left in the game. Jefferson was able to get into the end zone one last time on a Nathan Alcala pass to Eric Amato from 5 yards out, making the final score 32-16.
The work horse of the game was Jefferson’s super sophomore, Arturo Rubio who had 25 carries and 196 yards and was named the Speaking Rock Player Of The Game. But credit the Ranger defense, who was able to keep him out of the end zone, after having the game that he did, which did not go unnoticed.
Riverside is now 2-2 on the season, and hosts Cathedral, while Jefferson falls to 1-3 and plays at Irvin to start District 2-5A play.
Paul Torres Reporting