Elsinore comes back from 14-point deficit to defeat Chino Hills
WILDOMAR — Down two touchdowns in the first six minutes of the game, it looked like it might be a long night for the Elsinore Tigers.
But behind a suffocating defense and some big plays, the host Tigers rallied, defeating Chino Hills, 27-14, Friday night.
Chino Hills (3-1) quickly jumped out to a 14-0 lead as quarterback James Linn threw a 53-yard touchdown to Giovanni Isles and running back Walter Carl III scored on an 11-yard run.
Those two drives netted 116 yards. Then, the Elsinore defense took over, allowing only 89 yards the remainder of the game.
“The fact that they scored early allowed a team like us to come back,” said Elsinore coach Tony Peralta. “I was proud of our players and staff and the adjustments they made offensively and defensively.”
After the two Husky touchdowns, the Tigers defense forced six punts, intercepted two passes, allowed only three first downs, and sacked Linn seven times, led by senior defensive end Gabe Ramirez, who had six of the sacks. The defense also held Chino Hills to 13 yards in the second half.
Elsinore (4-0) cut the lead to 14-7 when quarterback Tim Jakell connected with fullback Kevin Swanson on a 6-yard touchdown with less than one minute left in the half.
On the first possession of the second half, Jakell found Mike Trombino on a slant, and the receiver raced 73 yards to tie the game at 14.
The Tigers took the lead on their next drive, going 75 yards on 11 plays as Isaiah Hobson scored from three yards out.
Chino Hills had a chance to take the lead after recovering a fumble on the Tiger 42 late in the third quarter, but couldn’t pick up a first down and had to punt.
Elsinore safety Rusty Fletcher closed out the scoring when he returned an interception 25 […]