Valley Center 31, Rancho Buena Vista 0

There are always few words to describe a major blowout. This one was not unexpected, as the Rancho Buena Vista Longhorns were shutout 31-0 in front of a home crowd against the visiting Valley Center Jaguars.

Jaguar fans enjoyed a high-scoring first half from the boys on their side of the field, including several quality runs and scores from running back Mateo Sinohui.

Quarterback Rikki Mazzetti’s 8-yard touchdown pass to Tuupash Turner late in the first quarter gave fans of the air something to cheer about.

Even special teams had something for that type of fan that roots for the kickers as Chrishawn Gordon recovered a fumbled kickoff return – fumbled by Rancho Buena Vista – on Valley Center’s own kickoff.

The Longhorns could look at a few quality runs from senior running back Dorian Richardson as their positive to take from this one, but Richardson never found the end zone.

The Longhorns fell to 2-3 and will head into their second week of Valley League play with a record under .500. Riding the momentum of this victory, the Jaguars will enter Week 6 with an above-ground record of 3-2.


The matchup between a pair of 2-2 teams means that only one of either the Jaguars, of Valley Center, or Longhorns, of Rancho Buena Vista, will enter the second half of their season with a winning record – and a 1-0  Valley League record – while the other will have a hole to climb out of with four league games remaining.

Both the host Longhorns and the visiting Jaguars will have the benefit of momentum at their heels after the Longhorns’ 43-0 shutout over Mission Bay and the Jaguars’ 40-14 win over Imperial in Week 4.  But don’t expect this game to play out like the games did for either team a week ago.

RBV will face a much different opponent this Friday – more on par with its own talents – as Valley Center boasts a respectable MaxPreps statewide ranking of No. 200, compared with Mission Bay’s ranking of 873 and RBV’s own ranking of No. 486.

Meanwhile, Valley Center’s victory over Imperial was somewhat expected but not nearly as lopsided as RBV’s win considering Imperial’s ranking of No. 460.

Fans may know by the third quarter how this one is destined to pan out; both the Longhorns and Jaguars tend to spread their scoring out among the first three quarters, and while both have tended to score less in the final 12 minutes than in the third quarter through the season, only RBV averages fewer points scored during the 4th quarter than in any other quarter.

Already the underdog in this one, RBV would do itself a favor by at least keeping the score within a field goal by the time the fourth quarter starts.


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