Keeling leads Valley View, as it holds off Corona
By Dennis Pope
CORONA — Justin Keeling rushed for more than 2,000 yards in 2016, and he’s already more than one-tenth of the way there this year.
Keeling ran for 270 yards and four touchdowns as Valley View hung on to defeat Corona, 47-35, on Friday night in nonleague game at Panther Stadium.
“We made the adjustments to what we were seeing from their defense,” Keeling said. “We kind of got sloppy and let them get back into it but we finished and we grinded.”
Keeling has 122 yards and three touchdowns in the second half for Valley View (1-0 overall), last year’s CIF-Southern Section Division 11 champion.
“They pounded our backsides again tonight,” said Corona coach Ron Gueringer, who lost to Valley View in his final game coaching at San Gorgonio last year in the state playoffs. “There was no difference.”
Fullback Rudy Lovato added 78 yards and two touchdowns for Valley View, which led by three scores at halftime but held just a six-point lead until putting away in the fourth quarter.
“We got to do a better job of finishing,” Valley View coach Dan Barlage said. “Last year, we go away after falling behind early and the blow us out. Now, we’re battling but we have to learn how to finish.”
Corona took advantage of an early interception, marching 72 yards to score on its first drive of the season as Moses DeAnda connected with Joshua Smevog on a 30-yard fade route for a 6-0 lead.
Keeling got his legs warm on Valley View’s next drive with a 43-yard run, and Lovato punched it in from the 5 to tie the score.
Keeling reeled off runs of 13, 7, 9, 4, 12 and 1 yard as Valley View grabbed a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter, and the Eagles defense forced two three-and-outs and a fumble to take […]