Paloma Valley routs San Jacinto to Division 5 playoff opener
By Tim Meehan
MENIFEE — Chance Nolan’s offensive records may never be broken at Paloma Valley. Steven Bradshaw, Phillip Mills and the Wildcats hard-hitting defense may never be matched.
But the Paloma Valley seniors woke up Friday morning having never had the feeling of winning a CIF playoff game.
They do now.
Nolan accounted for six touchdowns and 377 passing yards through just more than two quarters to combine with a stingy defense to give the Wildcats a 49-8 win over visiting San Jacinto in the Division 5 playoffs.
“That’s definitely been a big thing,” Nolan said of the mini curse the senior group has endured. “We’ve been talking about it all year and we wanted to get over it. It’s good to get this win and good for our morale as a whole.”
As great as the offensive numbers have been for the Wildcats (9-2) all year, the first few minutes of Friday’s game had some wondering if there was some truth to the supposed curse. Nolan misfired on four of his first five attempts, the only completion being for -2 yards. The drought didn’t last long as Nolan found senior Seth Carvalho for a 78-yard touchdown on a quick slant in the flat late in the first quarter.
That was only a sign of things to come. Paloma Valley exploded for five unanswered touchdowns in the second quarter, the first two of which were back-to-back scoring plays from Nolan (11-for-19) to junior wide receiver Koale Schroeder.
“Watching film during the week we realize they like to run a lot of cover zero,” said Schroeder, who caught touchdowns of 57, 3 and 58 on the night as he totaled four catches for 153 yards. “Between Chance, myself and the other receivers and our coach, we discussed that if they want to go cover zero on us that we like […]