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Rancho Verde’s defense sets the tone in football victory over King

By in Press Enterprise on September 30, 2017

By Brian Haas

RIVERSIDE — Rancho Verde got back on the winning track Friday night, using a strong defensive effort to defeat King 18-10 in its final non-league game of the season.

The Mustangs held the Wolves to only 162 total yards of offense.

“With two losses before our bye week, it had been a long 28 days to get back to this winning feeling,” Rancho Verde head coach Jeff Steinberg said. “We had a really productive week of practice and they came out and fought hard.”

Rancho Verde got the scoring started on its opening possession, stringing together a nine-play drive that culminated in a one yard touchdown run by Tony Patterson.

The Mustangs added to that lead early in the second quarter with a touchdown that was set up by a fumble recovery by Justin Soto on the Wolves 5-yard line.

Rancho Verde seized the opportunity provided by the turnover and found the end zone three plays later with a sweep to the outside by Jordan Jefferson.

Ty McCullough gave the Wolves hope on the following possession when he found space down the sideline for a 44-yard rushing touchdown, but that momentum would be diminished just minutes later when Rancho Verde’s Jasiah Richard-Lewis caught a 26- yard touchdown pass with eight seconds to play in the half.

“I saw (Richard-Lewis) with one-on-one coverage and as soon as he cut I knew he was going to be where he needed to be,” Rancho Verde quarterback Brock White said.

The Wolves cut the lead down to a single score midway through the fourth quarter with a 36-yard field goal by Mason Mapes, but would come no closer.

White completed 19 of 30 passes for 195 yards and rushed for 22 yards on four carries, while Jefferson headed the Mustangs rushing efforts with 13 carries for 80 yards.

Reshaud Page made six receptions for […]    

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