After a crazy first period, the second period was scoreless, leaving the Cougars with a 14-7 lead. I’ll get some stats from Lou Brewster and post them in a bit.
This game may be at Chaffey College, but there was no mistaking the loyalties of the PA guy. After Josh Nunes overthrew a receiver on 3rd-and-10 from the Rancho 37 on a miscommunication, the Rancho PA guy made a crack that Nunes’ incomplete pass was intended for former coach Chris McEwen, who is apparently among the throng on the Cougar sideline.
4:30 left in the 2nd, still 14-7. Matt Calkins and John Murphy are drinking Diet Dr. Pepper out of a commemorative Indiana Jones cans. Awesome.
After throwing his second interception of the night, a pass that Daniel Fonua bobbled before catching it at the Upland 45, Josh Nunes was Johnny on the spot, picking up Fonua’s fumble at the end of the return and advancing it 14 yards to the Upland 47. We’ll see if Upland takes advantage of this break with just over 7 minutes left in the second.
Still 14-7 Rancho.
Rancho Cucamonga junior center Gary Berwick just limped off the field with an injury as the first quarter concluded with the Cougars up 14-7. At this rate, my pregame prediction is really going to suck as far as the over/under is concerned. If you are in Vegas, bet high.
Senior running back Davion Fleming gets the Highlanders back in business, breaking a 53-yard run up the middle to the Cougars 4-yard line. He was caught there, but finished it off with a 4-yard TD run off right tackle on the very next play. With Jake Van Ginkel’s extra point, Upland is now down 14-7 with 1:23 left in the first.
And in other news, John Murphy’s computer finally stopped beeping. The rest of the press box is thankful for that.
After the Rancho score, defensive back Andrew Lew intercepted Josh Nunes at midfield. Greg Watson then found Irshad Stolden on a 44-yard reception to the Upland 3 two plays later. Immediately after that, Watson took the zone read keeper up the middle for a 3-yard touchdown.
3:38 left in the first, Upland needs help after falling behind 14-0.
Just as I sent my last blog, Rancho senior WR Charles Saseun showed why he was second in state in the 100-yard dash. Saseun took at end around to the left side and sped down the sideline for a 51-yard touchdown, easily outracing the Upland pursuit. Josh Wolfer’s extra point gives Rancho a 7-0 led with 5:31 left in the first.
Upland won the toss and deferred. Rancho Cucamonga got one first down on its opening possession, but Greg Watson got sacked by Tim Helton on a key 3rd and 8, causing the Cougars to punt.
Upland ball, 8:46 left in the first, no score.
I found the faintest possible signal ever here at Chaffey for Upland-Rancho Cucamonga, so we’ll try to get this done. In the house are Clay Fowler, Louis Brewster, Matt Calkins and the artist formerly known as the Prep-dog from the P.E. and special guest Lance Pugmire from the L.A. Times.
Weather is nice – temperature in the upper 50s with light wind – and they’ve already made at least two annoucements for fans to squeeze into the Chaffey bleachers. So it might be better to be watching at home on the ol’ blog.
National anthem now.
Starting in an hour or so, I will have a live blog (barring any internet problems) from the Rancho Cucamonga-Upland game at Chaffey College. So if you can’t make it out tonight, check out the action on here.