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Kai Thompson’s five TDs leads Murrieta Mesa past Colony, to first-ever playoff win

By in Press Enterprise on November 11, 2017

By Landon Negri

ONTARIO — Colony was the one with all of the playoff experience in Friday night’s CIF Southern Section Division 4 first-round game against visiting Murrieta Mesa.

But it was the Rams who looked the part of seasoned veterans.

Senior running back Kai Thompson ran for five touchdowns and Murrieta Mesa won its first football playoff game in school history with a 51-28 triumph over Colony.

The victory advanced Mesa (8-3), which had lost three of four entering Friday, to a second-round matchup next week at home against Glendora, a 38-23 winner over Santiago.

“I’m proud we’re finally coming together as a team,” said Thompson, who rushed for 84 yards on 19 carries and scored on runs of 6, 6, 2, 9 and 10 yards. “I’m proud of our guys because they continued to fight.

“It’s been a long road, and we’re not done yet.”

Kai Thompson gets Murrieta Mesa on the board with a 6-yard TD run. PAT failed. Meda 6, Colony 0, 515 left 1 q

— Landon Negri (@landonnegri) November 11, 2017

The Rams’ offense was its usual productive self, but Mesa turned this game on its defense. Seniors Gio Sanders and Devin Sikman each had interceptions — Sikman’s went for a 74-yards in the third quarter — junior Kyon Barrs recovered a fumble, and Mesa stopped Colony on a fourth-and-goal play from the 1-yard-line with 9:23 remaining.

Mesa senior quarterback Jeff Miller completed 19 of 31 passes for 263 yards, and senior Cayden Chambers caught 10 passes for 131 yards.

The Rams trailed only once to the Titans (9-2), who’ve won four of the last five Mt. Baldy League championships and won a section title in 2014. That was at 7-6 after senior Andrew Almazan ran 53 yards for a TD with 1:36 left in the first quarter. Almazan finished with […]    

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