Prep Impressions: Aug. 23, 2018

The Rialto-Riverside La Sierra Week 1 varsity football game on Thursday, Aug. 233, 2018 was the second game of the season for a couple of teams still finding their feet.

For Rialto it’s a matter of having the Knights’ experience and passion come to equal production.

Rialto Head Coach Robert Mitchell: “We wanted to get some redemption this week to get ourselves back, show ourselves that we’re the real Rialto, so it was good come out and show everyone what we can do. I’m very excited. Now I think this week we showed what we actually can do (and) we came together as a team. We had a good week of practice so I keep telling these guys, ‘Practice like we play,’ so we can come out here and have a good result. It was a great week of practice. Probably the best week ofd practice that we’ve had. The kids came in (and) understood the mistakes that they made, and understood that they need to come together as a team, and they did that and they showed it on the field. We came together as a team. We gelled and we came together and played as a unit, and that was the one thing last week – we had a lot of individuals – this week we came together and realized our mistakes at practice (and) came together as a unit. It was the preparation. Last week we were set up for kind of the same defense so it’s kind of like we had a second week to get ready for the same defense. Last week (Orange Vista) did some things we weren’t expecting, and this week we played exactly what we saw on film and we were able to execute.”

For La Sierra it was a crash landing back to Earth after a wild, come-from-behind win in Week 0 had the Eagles a little too full of confidence.

La Sierra Head Coach Garry Hedlund: “We fought hard. We didn’t give up, and I got a lot of kids who are trying to figure out how to play varsity football as we’re trying to become the team that we’re supposed to be but we made some mistakes and fell too far behind. We’ll get those things corrected. We’ve got a bye week coming up this upcoming week. Kind of weird. Most teams don’t have byes in the middle of their season but I kind of like it because it allows us to fix some stuff and be ready to go and get ready for Bloomington in two weeks. We have a lot guys who haven’t played a lot of varsity football and they’re just trying to find themselves. The thing I like is they showed a lot of heart, they didn’t give up and there was no point in the game when they quit. They kept playing the whole way through to the end, and you can build on stuff like that. In the grand scheme of things a preseason game is a preseason game and we use them to get ready for league. The River Valley League is a tough league – last year it was a five-way tie for first – it’s a wide open league, so if we figure some things out and fix some little things then we can be right where we want to be.”

Rialto – 6 – 12 – 12 – 8 — 38
La Sierra – 0 – 3 – 14 – 0 — 17
First quarter
R – Moorefield 21 run (kick failed), 8:44
Second quarter
R – Moorefield 1 run (run failed), 11:57
R – Naranjo 1 run (run failed), 2:59
L – Wheelwright 18 FG, 0:29
Third quarter
R – McKenzie 50 punt return (kick blocked), 9:53
L – Thomas 90 kickoff return (Wheelwright kick), 9:41
R – Naranjo 23 run (run failed), 2:50
L – Thomas 81 pass from Poppe (Wheelwright kick), 2:15
Fourth quarter
R – Reed 50 punt return (Macias pass from Naranjo), 10:50
Individual statistics
Rushing – Rialto: Moorefield 20-147, Naranjo 11-123, Reed 10-81, Cota 2-9, Ulibarri 1-(minus-4), McKenzie 6-(minus-8); La Sierra: Hicks 14-51, Dorado 2-13, Noel 1-1, L.Gaines 2-1, Poppe 6-(minus-9).
Passing – Rialto: Naranjo 4-9-0-15, Cota 1-2-0-18; La Sierra: Poppe 7-19-1-219, Wheelwright 0-1-0-0.
Receiving – Rialto: Garcia 1-18, Macias 1-12, Ulibarri 1-7, Mitchell 1-6, Verdin 1-(minus-10); La Sierra: Thomas 3-136, Vo 2-23, Ayala 1-16, Serrato 1-14.

PHOTO COURTESY: Stan Lim for The Press-Enterprise

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