KAISER 48, APPLE VALLEY 42>> If anybody left Malloy Stadium on the Kaiser High School campus early, they missed a furious fourth quarter that saw the host Cats hold on and score a 48-42 win over Apple Valley after building a 21-point margin in the fourth quarter. The Cats (3-1) also had a 48-27 advantage in the fourth before Apple Valley (2-3) got back in the game on the strength of a pair of 33-yard runs by Tristian Mcnatt. One set up a fourth-down score by T.J. Lewis and Mcnatt scored his fourth TD of the night after the Sun Devils recovered an onsides kick.Mcnatt, who finished with 147 yards in nine carries, also caught a two-point conversion pass from Mossy Bell to make it exciting with 2:42 left. But the Cats killed the clock, thanks to a 11-yard carry by Tyler Allgeier for a first down with 131 left. He and Joshua Johnson were the big offensive keys for Kaiser as Johnson scored three times and rushed for 194 on 25 carries on the night late in the third quarter.
A pair of Kaiser sacks took some momentum from Apple Valley, which punted to the Cats’ 3. However, Kaiser responded with a 97-yard drive in four minutes to regain its 48-27 margin on an 8-yard score by Johnson with 8:16 left.
Kaiser’s new-look offense, running its traditional power but without a huddle, paid interesting dividends in the first half as the Cats rolled to a 34-20, which could have been bigger had not Mcnatt had rumbled 57 yards with a deflected pass late in the second quarter. It was the only possession Kaiser did not reach the end zone in the first two quarters.
The Cats have refined their offense with an up tempo approach. Kaiser had just 29 plays in the opening half, with Johnson accounting for nearly half with 14 carries fir 116 yards. He scored twice, both from a yard out, as the Cats mounted drives of 72 yards (in eight plays), 80 in five, 51 in five, 80 in eight and 11 in two after recovering a fumbled punt snap with 2:55 left in the half.
BIG BEAR 41, YUCCA VALLEY 19>> Fullback Chuy Castro rushed for 174 yards with three touchdowns to give the Bears a victory in the De Anza League opener. Running back Andy Sanchez added two rushing touchdowns and a 57 yard punt return to seal the victory in the fourth quarter for Big Bear (4-1, 1-1).
CAJON 65, EISENHOWER 6 >> The Cowboys’ Tyrone Gasaway caught three touchdown passes, Elijah Lilly returned two kickoffs for touchdowns to lead the way. Wilbur Murray added over 130 yards rushing and a touchdown in the Citrus Belt League win for Cajon (over the Eagles. Cajon will play at 7 p.m. Friday against Miller.
ONTARIO CHRISTIAN 14, CERRITOS VALLEY CHRISTIAN 12>> Quarterback Ian Ulloa threw an 18-yard game-winning touchdown pass to Grayson Kline in the Knights’ victory over the Crusaders with 55 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.. The Knights sealed the game with an interception in the final seconds of the game.