By: Tim Johnson, The Plaid, Staff Writer and Photographer
On Friday, September sixth, The Upland Highlanders went toe to toe against the Rancho Verde Mustangs, in their third game of the session. Returning to the field where Upland won their CIF championship last season, The scots dominated the first half of the game. They lost some of their momentum in the second half but quickly recovered and swept the mustangs with the outstanding score of 30-7.
Starting the first quarter, Upland received the kick-off and then hit the ground, running straight away, with some amazing runs by Tyevin Ford, also known as “Night Train.” After the Mustangs were flagged for roughing the passer, the quarterback, senior, Evan Rowe, threw a 12-yard pass to senior, Earl Estell. It gave senior, Tyevin Ford the opportunity to run a 10-yard touchdown, with an extra point scored during the P.A.T, thanks to the Highlanders kicker, Archie Green.
Upland handled Rancho Verde on both offense and defense. Each time Rancho Verde was in possession of the ball, it resulted in a punt or a fumble, whereas Upland scored each time they had the ball.
Continuing into the second quarter, Upland kept up their intense tenacity to win and it paid off for them. It was close, however, when Earl Estell was short one-yard, after he had gained six-yards. But the Scots were able to gain that yard when they did a quarterback sneak, thanks to the offensive linemen. Unfortunately, they were unable to make a touchdown but the Highlanders still held the lead with 17-0. Due to the efforts of the defense, Rancho was unable to score in the first half of the game, so they had to punt every time they had the ball. When Upland got the ball back, senior, Jon mondragon ran an amazing game, starting with a 13-yard run and a few other short runs. Unfortunately, the Scots were 11-yards short for another touchdown. But after attempting a field goal, they were successful. At the end of the half, the score was 20-0, with what seemed like a one-sided game.
The Upland Highlanders kicked off to start the second half and because Upland grew sloppy with receiving penalties, Rancho Verde was able to make a touchdown and earn the extra P.A.T point. It gave Upland the wake-up call it needed, because it was the only point Rancho Verde was able to score, due to The Highlander’s strong defense. After several amazing offensive plays by Ford, Mondragon and junior, Daniel Sosa, Upland was able to make another touchdown and P.A.T, which brought the score to 27-7. What the third quarter demonstrated was that Rancho Verde played well but did not have the willpower to win.
The fourth quarter started with Upland kicking off again. There was an amazing 60-yard punt by kicker Green. Upland next intercepted a pass, followed by a field goal. They finished off the game strong, with a score of 30-7. Head Coach Thomas said “The kids played well and did a tremendous job in every aspect of the game. Archie Green was awesome, with three field goals and hit a 65-yard punt. They all did tremendous overall.” Upland now has its eyes on Central Catholic, and will prepare for a home game on Friday, September 13, at 7:00 PM.