Isaiah Hobson, Elsinore overcome rough start to defeat Temescal Canyon
By Tim Meehan
WILDOMAR — Having lost three straight games, Elsinore proceeded to fumble on its first two possessions in Friday’s rivalry against Temescal Canyon. Its playoff chances were like a thin sail in a quickly approaching storm.
But the battle-tested Tigers weathered the storm and righted the ship.
Elsinore got 153 yards on the ground from fourth-string halfback Isaiah Hobson and huge plays from its defense to secure a 17-7 win over the Titans.
“It was not a real good start in a rivalry game to put them in scoring position so quickly,” Elsinore head coach Tony Peralta said. “But I was proud our kids didn’t mentally take their spirit or willingness to fight away.”
Temescal Canyon (4-6, 2-3 Sunbelt League) took advantage on Elsinore’s third play from scrimmage when Brandon Clemons recovered a fumble by Manny Vasquez. Clemons (16 carries for 76 yards) carried the ball the next three plays, including a 2-yard drive inside for the early 7-0 lead. It seemed like it was going to be the Titans night.
The Titans also had a chance to tie the game at 10-10 but missed a field goal right before the first half ended.
“If we hit that field goal at the end of the half, it’s a different ballgame,” Temescal Canyon head coach Phil Cohen said. “But we have a lot of young kids and I want them to feel this so they understand what they need to do in the future to get over the hump again.”
The Tigers (6-4, 2-3) did a better job of taking advantage of their opportunities. Despite the two early fumbles, the offense grinded it out for 271 yards rushing, led by Hobson’s 153 on 20 carries, including the back breaker, a 32-yard scamper in the fourth quarter in which he broke at least seven tackles. Injuries forced Hobson into the […]