There were many reasons why Redlands downed Redlands East Valley 41-37 to win the Smudge Pot for the first time since 2006 on Friday night.
Redlands ran the ball very well, and Jimmy Walker was impressive throwing the ball. Outside of an interception early in the third quarter, Redlands was able to move the ball whenever it needed to, including running out the clock at the end of the game the final 4:38.
It was a mistake early on though, that put the Terriers on their way.
On the game’s second possession, and REV’s first, REV went back to punt. Punter Jonathon Stafford couldn’t handle the snap. If REV was farther back or if Stafford had fallen on it in the end zone, it would’ve been a safety. As it was, Anthony Aguila picked up the fumbled snap and ran it into the end zone from the 1.
Aguila’s touchdown gave RHS an early 7-0 lead.
Although REV answered right back, Redlands never trailed in the game.
Although I disagreed with it at the time, REV coach Kurt Bruich’s decision to go for 2 (when trailing 28-23) midway through the 3rd quarter did not have an impact on the final outcome.
Final box score did not make the paper, Here it is:
REDLANDS 41, REDLANDS EAST VALLEY 37
REV 7 10 6 14 — 37
Redlands 14 14 6 7 — 41
Red-Anthony Aguila 1 fumble return (Diego Marquez kick)
REV-Levi Plante 71 run (Jonathon Stafford kick)
Red-Jordan Ory 55 pass from Jimmy Walker (Marquez kick)
Red-Darryl Miller 9 run (Marquez kick)
REV-Plante 8 run (Stafford kick)
Red-Craig Lee 67 run (Marquez kick)
REV-FG Stafford 42
REV-Plante 10 run (run failed)
Red-Lee 13 run (pass failed)
REV-Plante 1 run (pass failed)
Red-Walter Jones 95 pass from Walker (Marquez kick)
REV-Taylor Thompson 18 run (Alonzo Anderson run)