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Expect points aplenty when Rancho Verde and Valley View square off

By in Press Enterprise on October 13, 2017

By Eric-Paul Johnson

Rancho Verde and Valley View combined for 100 points and 1,056 yards in last season’s Inland Valley League opener. The teams could be in for another another high-scoring affair Friday.

Last week, Rancho Verde blasted Canyon Springs, 75-0, the second-highest point total in program history. The Mustangs are averaging 35.3 points and 404 yards this season. Valley View had an impressive performance last week, as well, rolling to a 62-14 win over Riverside Poly. The Eagles are averaging 47.3 points and 477 yards this season.

“I think both teams need to take advantage of any opportunities that are given them,” Valley View coach Dan Barlage said. “For us to win the game Friday, we are going to have to play fast and physical and keep battling it out until the end of the game.”

Friday night’s game will be the 21st meeting between the schools from Moreno Valley. Rancho Verde has won 11 consecutive games in the series, with the average margin of victory being 40.6 points. Valley View’s last victory over Rancho Verde came all the way back in 2001, the second year of Barlage’s first coaching stint with the Eagles.

Valley View’s offense has centered on senior running back Justin Keeling, who ranks second in the state with 1,519 yards. Keeling is averaging 36 carries per game, but Barlage said the Eagles (4-2, 1-0 in league) aren’t necessarily going to play a ball-control game Friday.

“We want to run as many plays as possible, so we’re going to keep the tempo fast,” Barlage said. “The most important thing, however, will be protecting the football.”

Valley View held a 10-6 lead during the second quarter of last year’s meeting, but a few bad snaps on offense helped change the momentum. Rancho Verde scored 20 straight points to close out the first half, and the Mustangs […]    

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