Prep Impressions: Oct. 19, 2018

The Norco-Eastvale Roosevelt Week 9 varsity football game on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, was a blowout whether or not Roosevelt cares to admit it.

For Norco, jumping out to a massive 21-0 lead in the first quarter had the Cougars looking past its shutout loss to Centennial in Week 9. Senior WR Ceaser Gonzalez caught a touchdown, passed for a touchdown and ran for a touchdown as it looked like the offense was playing for fun in the first half. You could see the engine start to cool in the second half but with RBs D.J. Ford and Jaydn Orr providing a solid tandem, this team has the potential to keep the chains moving and tire opposing defenses into the playoffs.

Norco head coach Chuck Chastain said, “This is a big turnaround. We a heart-to-heart last week (and) we also played didn’t play our best ball versus an elite team so that gave us the motivation and the goal to come out and get it done, and we did that tonight. We just talked about having tempo this week and executing, not making dumb penalties and we didn’t do that. When we do those things, don’t turn it over, we can be a good offense. We had a good week of practice and you could see it tonight. (Last week against Centennial) was a perfect storm; Good team, bad turnovers, bad field position and that’ll happen to you. We got to finish with Corona. Can’t take anything for granted. We’re hoping we’ll be seeded in the playoffs and hopefully we’ll make a run this year. We feel like we have a good club and we’ll be a tough out, but that depends on our effort and not hurting ourselves. We’ve talked about utilizing (Ceaser Gonzalez) more. He’s such a valuable asset and getting him the ball early, so we just said, ‘Hey let’s get him the ball,’ and put him at QB.”

For Roosevelt, Week 8 proved disastrous and seemed to project bad things upon Week 9 and the rest of the Mustangs season. The come-from-ahead 21-20 loss to Santiago has put the entire program in a not-so-much-fun-to-be-around mood. The team’s run game stagnated as Norco’s defense stacked the box, and QB Xavier Ward was unable to take advantage of anything Norco while throwing three picks to put the defense in bad spots. The defense also hurt itself by giving up big plays but played better in the second half.

Roosevelt head coach Tommy Leach said, “I’m the head football coach and I’ve coached a lot of great teams. We have a lot of greatness in us (but) no blame from last Friday/Saturday because we came out hot Friday, ready to go and played really hard and really good and on Saturday we didn’t. It’s really mental stamina. We have to have mental stamina. We have to focus on doing our job, and us coaches doing our job. I mean, when we do that we have greatness in us. I believe that and I know that. I’ve been around the bush a lot and I know we can be a great team. We all got to believe and we all have to keep getting better. That’s it. It’s a long season and shoot, I think we’re in the playoffs but the bottom line is we have one game left to get better against a great opponent, and there’s nobody better to get better against. I’m not feeling sorry for anybody. I love it. I love the this opportunity. I really do. A lot of missed opportunities tonight, really. We had a touchdown called back, we had a fade for a touchdown that was overthrown and had a 3rd-and-long that we gave up so we had some missed opportunities; good 3rd down play but a bad snap and we didn’t get that, so we had opportunities. We make up for that and have fewer mistakes then we have our own opportunity to be great. It’s just really about focus and mental stamina. We have to focus on what we’re supposed to do and do it, as coaches and players.”

BOX SCORE
Norco – 21 – 17 – 6 – 7 — 51
Roosevelt – 0 – 0 – 0 – 7 — 7
First quarter
N – Gonzalez 20 pass from Illingsworth (Irvin kick), 10:32
N – Orr 60 run (Irvin kick), 6:17
N – Navarette 44 pass from Gonzalez (Irvin kick), 2:23
Second quarter
N – Irvin 29 FG, 2:25
N – Forbes 17 pass from Illingsworth (Irvin kick), 1:10
N – Ashley 5 run (Irvin kick), 0:48
Third quarter
N – Gonzalez 1 run (kick fail), 6:45
Fourth quarter
N – McClure 5 pass from Lasher (Irvin kick), 5:55
R – Johnson 64 pass from Ward (Zamora kick), 2:22
Individual statistics
Rushing – Norco: Orr 6-220, Ford 10-51, Ashley 1-5, Lasher 1-2, Lyons 1-1, Gonzalez 5-(minus-5), Illingsworth 1-(minus-9); Roosevelt: Mars 12-24, Kersee 4-7, Hamilton 2-6, Ward 5-(minus-5).
Passing – Norco: Illingsworth 9-13-1-110, Lasher 9-12-0-104, Gonzalez 1-1-0-44; Roosevelt: Ward 12-29-3-141.
Receiving – Norco: Navarette 2-56, Gonzalez 5-50, Carnell 4-41, Lyons 3-37, Forbes 3-35, McClure 2-21, Ashley 1-15; Roosevelt: Johnson 3-74, Mars 1-28, Bush 4-23, Espinoza 3-20, Rivera 2-3.

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