Cajon holds off Paloma Valley rally
By Staff report
By Brian Haas, Correspondent
MENIFEE — Paloma Valley’s football team battled out of a 21-point hole Friday night but couldn’t secure the victory as it fell to Cajon, 44-34, in both teams’ nonleague season opener.
Wildcats senior quarterback Chance Nolan completed 20 of 34 passes for 260 yards with three touchdowns in the back-and-forth contest.
“I’m proud of how hard we fought tonight,” debuting Paloma Valley head coach Tom Tello said. “Obviously, there is a lot of things that we can fix, but you can’t fault these kids effort tonight.”
Paloma Valley opened its season with a promising drive, marching 81 yards in six plays, capping the scoring drive with a 15-yard touchdown reception from Koale Schroder.
A pair of turnovers for the Wildcats in the first half, though, led to the Cowboys scoring 28 unanswered points and taking a commanding lead midway through the second quarter.
That momentum came to a screeching halt, however, after an excellent punt from the Wildcats put them on their own 1-yard-line. Paloma Valley defensive back Issac Muno didn’t waste the field position, intercepting Cajon’s Jayden Daniels and quickly finding the end zone from 5 yards.
Feeding off the energy that the turnover provided, Nolan led another lengthy scoring drive just before time expired in the half to cut the Cowboys’ lead to 28-20.
The Wildcats scored twice more in the third quarter with a 1-yard run from Steven Bradshaw and a 42-yard reception from Schroder to take the lead, but it wouldn’t last as the Cowboys scored twice in the final quarter to secure the victory.
AJ Williams led the rushing efforts for Paloma Valley (0-1) with 126 yards on 20 carries, while Schroeder made five catches for 128 yards. Mason Carvalho and Thomas Eddington added 86 and 57 yards respectively.
Cajon 44, Paloma Valley 34