Travis Dye, Norco have just enough to beat Santiago and win fifth straight
By Dennis Pope
CORONA — Travis Dye was feeling empty at the start, but finished with plenty left in the tank.
The University of Oregon commit was sick before the game but ran for 250 yards and three touchdowns as Norco held on to defeat Santiago, 56-42, Friday night in a pivotal Big VIII League game.
“I didn’t have enough in me to start the game so I had to throw up a little,” Dye said. “Once I got going I felt better and I was able to get some calories at halftime.”
Dye ran for scores of 2, 53 and 13 yards as Norco (5-3 overall, 3-0 Big VIII) won its fifth consecutive game to move a step ahead in the race for second place in league.
“Now we go play the big dogs and we have to keep this up,” Dye said. “Our offense is playing close to its potential and I think we have a shot.”
Norco plays at Centennial in Week 9. The Cougars have not defeated the Huskies since 2009.
“We’re battled tested and ready to go,” Norco coach Chuck Chastain said. “The momentum is there, the kids are believing. We took our lumps and now it’s time to show people we can play football.”
Nathaniel Castillo was 21 of 28 for 347 passing yards and four touchdowns and ran for another score for Santiago (5-3, 1-2), which had the ball trailing by seven points in the fourth quarter but could not capitalize.
“We knew we were going to have to score and we did … a lot,” Santiago coach Scott Morrison said. “We’re sad (and) bummed that we didn’t win, but I think this was two good football teams.”
Norco scored on all but one of its possessions in the first half, with Dye opening the scoring midway through the first quarter on a 2-yard blast.