Brock White and defense shine in Rancho Verde’s win over Arlington
By Obrey Brown
MORENO VALLEY — Brock White’s homecoming performance, five ouchdown passes each to a different receiver, was entertaining enough in Rancho Verde’s 42-0 win over unbeaten Arlington High School.
But it was the defensive game plan against the visiting Lions (7-1, 2-1) that nailed down the Mustangs’ third straight Inland Valley League win on Friday night.
“We prepared all week to dominate this game,” said the D’Lo Green, Rancho Verde’s all-purpose defensive lineman who was seen in the middle and both end spots on the Mustangs’ line.
“I think we came in underdogs,” said Green, “in our own homecoming.”
At 7-0, ranked No. 10 in Div. 10, Arlington had its work cut out for them against the Div. 3, 8th-ranked Mustangs.
They were prepared to take on Lions’ hard-nosed, physically-imposing running back, Jamon McGlory, who peppered away at the Mustangs behind a pounding offensive line.
“Take nothing away from him,” said Green, who met him head-on in fourth quarter play that netted zero yards on a 34-carry, 130-yard effort from the Lions’ senior. “He’s good.”
Rancho Verde countered Arlington’s attack with quick-striking play at the snap. The Lions had no aerial danger – Cameron Abts was 0-for-2 – so the Mustangs
“He carried that many times, he’s hurting – and tired,” said Green, who had plenty of help stopping McGlory, namely from Jayland Hunt, Jaxen Turner, Emanuel Flakes and Kenya Dorsey, among others.
Trailing 7-0 after White’s first TD strike, the Lions kept pounding away at first downs – gambling three times on fourth down plays. On a third attempt, Hunt stopped McGlory on a 4th-and-2. It took White six plays before his second TD strike.
Arlington’s game plan was showcased early when head coach Rich Lunsford had placekicker Jihad Abuhijeleh go for an on-sides kick – recovered by Turner at midfield. Five snaps later, White connected with Kamryn Woodson for […]