Paloma Valley falls to Paraclete in emotional semifinal game
By Brian Robin
PALMDALE — First, Paloma Valley lost the ability to contain Paraclete quarterback Brevin White and receivers Andre Hunt and Melquan Stovall. Then, the Wildcats lost the ability to contain their emotions.
Finally, they lost their composure. In that, however, they did keep up with Paraclete, which overcame a loss of its own composure by overwhelming Paloma Valley 55-35, in the Division 5 semifinal at Palmdale High’s Riewer Field Friday night.
White’s 325 yards of passing, 134 of which went to Hunt (on nine catches) and 144 of which went to Stovall (on eight catches) sends Paraclete (12-1) into its third consecutive CIF-SS final next week against Moorpark, which handled Paramount 26-20. The game will be at Moorpark. At the same time, it ends Paloma Valley’s season at 10-3.
“They have some really fast guys,” was Paloma Valley coach Tom Tello’s terse description of what happened to the Wildcats.
What happened to the Wildcats at the end overshadowed the three touchdown catches by receiver Cole Schroeder (who caught five passes for 141 yards), the 240 yards and five touchdown passes thrown by quarterback Chance Nolan and the fact that Paloma Vallley managed to do what few teams have done to the Spirits this year: make them sweat.
Toward the end of the game, with Paraclete driving for its final touchdown, a late hit on White triggered a mini-melee that not only resulted in two personal foul calls on the Wildcats and eventually, the Spirits’ final touchdown (Jayson Haywood’s 3-yard run with 1:25 left), but also resulted in Paraclete coach Dean Herrington vowing vengeance – on his own team.
“I’m disappointed. That’s not like us,” Herrington said. “And they’re going to pay for it on Monday.”
In the meantime, the Spirits made Paloma Valley pay with sheer athleticism. Not only did White throw for three touchdowns: 39 and 3 […]