Week 5: Valley Center Jaguars 43, Rancho Buena Vista Longhorns 3
If there was such a thing as fantasy high school football, a solid choice for running back on Friday night would have been Valley Center’s Kyler Riche.
The senior running back managed to score every single offensive touchdown for the Jaguars against the visiting Rancho Buena Vista Longhorns (0-5, 0-1 Valley League), which Valley Center (3-2, 1-0 Valley League) rolled over Friday by a count of 43-3. The only Valley Center points not directly coming at the hands (and feet) of Riche were the points after touchdowns and an interception-turned-defensive score added in the second quarter by outside linebacker Tristian Garcia.
A 29-yard field goal earlier in the second quarter was the only score the Longhorns could muster in this one.
Riche scored five times, all on runs. His longest scoring run of the evening was 93 yards. His shortest was 2.
The Jaguars will now prepare to face the winless Fallbrook Warriors in Fallbrook in Week 6. The Longhorns will return home to Vista in Week 6, to face the 3-2 Escondido Cougars.
High school football brings the first week of league play for many teams in Week 5, and in this week’s matchup, we have the 0-4 Rancho Buena Vista Longhorns visiting the 2-2 Valley Center Jaguars, due to face one another at 7 p.m. on Friday night.
Let’s cut to the chase here.
Rancho Buena Vista is nursing some deep wounds, and is in desperate need of an uplifting game, even if that doesn’t necessarily mean a win. That 0-4 record comes with 158 points scored against the Longhorns, and only 16 points scored in its favor. Rancho Buena Vista has thus far been shut out twice, and in Week 3, only managed a safety to hobble away with two points against a Vista Panthers team that posted 54. The Longhorns followed that result by giving up 55 points against the Elsinore Tigers in Week 5.
All that has likely left the Longhorns’ locker room in a pretty somber state. But not all is lost, as this week brings somewhat of a new beginning with Valley League play starting up, and with opportunities to turn things around in games that have more profound playoff implications.
Valley Center won’t likely make that easy, but the Longhorns at least have the opportunity. For all the struggles the Longhorns have endured, the Jaguars — ranked No. 291 in the state per MaxPreps, compared to the Longhorns’ rank of No. 672 — have played about how one might expect any team to on paper, with a split of two games against teams ranked higher than itself, and a split against two teams ranked lower than itself.
Look for Valley Center to aim for steadiness as it continues its steady ground game, which accounts for more than 100 yards of offense per game between three seniors – quarterback Frank Stehly and running backs Kyler Ritche and Tristian Garcia.
As for what to expect from the Longhorns — at this point, expect the unexpected. From switching starters to switching plays, look for coach Joe Meyer to search for a winning combination as his team fights to give meaning to the rest of the 2019 season.
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