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Football: Jurupa Hills 41, St. Margaret's 24

East Valley Division: Tartans surrender 21 unanswered points in the second quarter as they fall to the top-seeded team playing on its home field.

 

St. Margaret’s Episcopal won a Southern Section football championship before Harry Welch arrived as coach, but they hadn’t won one since he left four years ago. That could have changed Saturday under the guidance of Welch’s replacement, Rod Baltau, but the second-seeded Tartans were overmatched by top-seeded Fontana Jurupa Hills, 41-24.

Playing on its home field, Jurupa Hills scored 21 unanswered points in the second quarter to turn a 7-3 deficit into an insurmountable lead in the Southern Section East Valley Division Championship.

Score: Fontana Jurupa Hills 41, St. Margaret’s 24

Key Stats: Damion Wright rushed for 100 yards and touchdowns of 7, 1 and 5 yards, and passed for 235 yards and another touchdown of 29 yards to Kourde Roberts.

Pivotal Moment: St. Margaret’s had pulled to 24-10 in the third quarter and had great opportunity to make it a one possession game when it recovered a fumble at the Jurupa Hills 19. But the offense stumbled, and Charlie Beall—who had kicked a 45-yard field goal a couple minutes earlier and had been the intended receiver in the end zone on third down—missed a 43-yarder. 

Quotable: “That’s a good football team with so many different weapons. Pick one and they’re going to come at you with something great,” Baltau told OC Varsity.

Records: Jurupa Hills (12-2), St. Margaret’s (12-2)

Notes: Getting no points after a turnover in the opponent's red zone is pivotal (see above), but the second-most pivotal moment came on Jurupa Hills' ensuing drive. The Tartans defense forced Jurupa Hills to punt, but it attempted a fake instead. The St. Margaret's defense shut down the fake—except for a facemask penalty that gave Jurupa Hills a first down at the 24-yard line. The Spartans scored shortly thereafter with DeAndre Henderson doing the honors from 8 yards to go ahead, 31-10, with 3:07 left in the third. ... Josh Davis ran for 48 yards and two short scoring runs, of 2 and 3 yards, for St. Margaret’s. He also passed for 154 yards. … Oscar Gomez Jr. scored from 16 yards with 34 seconds remaining to finish the scoring. … Jurupa Hills gained 554 yards of offense. … Roberts was Wright’s favorite receiver, and for good reason: He caught 13 passes for 214 yards. He also had a 40-yard run that set up his team’s first touchdown. … Oscar Medina kicked field goals of 38 and 36 yards for Jurupa Hills. … St. Margaret’s, which had a game-ending goal-line stand to defeat Rim of the World, had a goal-line stand on Jurupa Hills’ first possession. … After giving up Medina’s first field goal, St. Margaret’s took the lead with 19 seconds left in the first quarter on Davis’ 2-yard score.

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