Chance Nolan passes for 409 yards, four TDs in Paloma Valley win over Elsinore
By Matt Jocks
MENIFEE — For Elsinore High’s defense, it was a desperate race. Either get to Paloma Valley quarterback Chance Nolan or he would get to them.
The numbers told the story about who did the getting.
Nolan was nearly flawless Friday, throwing for 409 yards and five touchdowns to power Paloma Valley to a 42-21 victory. The Wildcats stayed on course for a final-week showdown with Heritage for the Sunbelt League title.
Paloma’s passing attack has been efficient all season. In the past four weeks, it has been ridiculous. In that time, Nolan has completed 75 percent of his passes, producing 1,148 yards, 15 touchdowns and no interceptions.
“We have just been working hard in practice on the details,” Nolan said. “Just tuning up things.”
Nolan hit big-strike scores on the first two drives, but Elsinore (5-2, 1-2) rallied to tie 14-14 on a long drive and a 71-yard punt return by Isaiah Hobson.
However, the Wildcats answered immediately on a drive capped by a perfect fade pattern throw and catch from Nolan to Koale Schroeder.
The Wildcats blew the game open by scoring on their first two drives of the second half.
“We’ve seen Chance for three years and he keeps getting better,” Elsinore coach Tony Peralta said. “What’s so impressive about him is when the play breaks down, he is able to keep the play alive and find receivers. It’s really hard to maintain coverage that long.”
Elsinore, playing without its two starting corners, came hard after Nolan.
“They gave us some rushes we hadn’t seen,” Nolan said. “My receivers did a great job of making the right reads.”
PALOMA VALLEY 42, ELSINORE 21
Elsinore 0 14 0 7 — […]