Yucaipa football too much for San Gorgonio
By C.J. Daft
YUCAIPA >> Yucaipa jumped to a huge first-half lead and rolled to an easy 45-6 victory over struggling San Gorgonio on Friday night to wrap up its third straight unbeaten nonleague slate.
Helped by three San Gorgonio first-half turnovers and a miscue on a punt, Yucaipa scored on each of its first five possessions and led 38-0 at halftime.
Keo McChesney had another big game, completing 11 of 20 passes for 229 yards with three touchdowns and one interception in three quarters and added a rushing touchdown. After the opening kickoff, Yucaipa started its next five drives with a short field.
The Thunderbirds also got Joe Bordon going out of the backfield. Bordon, who only managed 57 yards on 16 carries in Yucaipa’s first two games, was the workhorse in the first half, running for 82 yards a TD on 14 carries.
Yucaipa (3-0) outscored its three nonleague opponents 126-34. Meanwhile, this was the third time in four games that San Gorgonio (1-3) — the defending CIF Southern Section Division 7 champion — was held to six or few points and avoided its third shutout with a late TD.
Yucaipa experienced its longest scoring drive on its first possession. The Thunderbirds drove 78 yards on 14 plays, capped by Bordon’s 11-yard run. Bordon had 40 yards on five carries on the drive, and the Thunderbirds kept the drive going early when they gambled on fourth-and-1 at their own 22.
After a big punt return by Logan Alexander that started the next Yucaipa drive inside San Gorgonio’s 30, the Thunderbirds settled for a successful 23-yard field goal by Cameron Beard.
After Spartans quarterback Harold Hendricks completed an 18-yard pass for a first down on the next play from scrimmage, San Gorgonio fumbled on the next play and Yucaipa’s Bailey Bird recovered at the Spartans’ 31. Bird returned the […]