Prep Impressions: Sept. 30, 2016
MORENO VALLEY (Calif.) — One team’s trash is another team’s treasure.
And Riverside King sure cultivated plenty of refuse on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, leaving MoVal Rancho Verde free to pick through all the valuables.
The Wolves (1-4 overall) had every opportunity to take something from the Week 5 nonleague game, but three red-zone fumbles undermined efforts in a 34-10 loss.
“We just keep making these mistakes that are affecting us,” King coach Kevin Corridan said.
Outside of its rivalry game, King’s nonleague schedule — Temecula Great Oak, Menifee Paloma Valley, Riverside Poly, Santa Margarita and Rancho Verde — was among the Inland area’s more formidable, yet Corridan’s charges have yet to show the benefits from playing stiffer competition.
A prime opportunity was wasted with less than 1 minute left in the second quarter when a Wolves’ drive screeched to a stop as running back Darrian Bell fumbled at the 9.
King had another shot at points early in the third quarter but receiver Ty McCullouch fumbled after making a reception at the 6. Then, after the Wolves mounted another lengthy possession, reserve running back William Hernandez coughed it up at the 1.
“Down in the red zone, we had two inside the 5 that we fumbled, and another one in the red zone that we fumbled on the 15,” Corridan said. “Now that’s 21 points in a football game that’s 34-10, it’s 34-31 just on those three deals and it could’ve been more momentum to keep more points off the board and put them in uncomfortable situations.”
Like any good yard-sale aficionado, Rancho Verde coach Jeff Steinberg put a Mustangs’ spin on these treasures.
“I think really it’s karma,” Steinberg said. “As much as they’re turning the ball over I think we’re making turnovers.”
To wit: The three red zone fumbles were but a fraction of King’s five total turnovers.
“When you play hard defense and you hustle and you get after the football, and there’s no quit I think it’s a pride thing down in the red zone,” Steinberg said. “The kids not quitting makes good things happen.”
And who doesn’t love free stuff, right?