Solid defense guided the Millennium High football team to a 49-0 win over the Sierra Ridge/Rite of Passage Rams on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Kimball High.
Junior defensive end Cesar Chaves said it didn’t take long for the Falcons (5-4, 2-2 Central California Athletic Alliance) to figure out how to get to the Sierra Ridge (0-8, 0-4 CCAA) quarterbacks, who the Falcons sacked six times for losses.
“I saw that they were breaking off the ball pretty fast,” he said, but the Falcons also saw the gaps that they could exploit. In one of Chaves’ two third-quarter sacks he forced the ball to pop out of the quarterback’s hands, resulting in one of two defensive touchdowns for the Falcons.
“He had no coverage, so I just went in,” Chaves said. Millennium sophomore Dorian Wright grabbed the ball and ran it in 41 yards for the score.
The Rams ended up with 79 yards rushing on 39 carries and passed for 24 yards.
The Falcons totaled 265 yards rushing and senior quarterback Mojo Atwal completed six of nine passes for 89 yards.
Falcon coach Jayson Dias said the team got off to a sloppy start.
“Defense was great the whole game but offense started slow. They picked it up the second quarter and never looked back.”
Leading rusher was junior Kirk Truehill, who ran the ball seven times for 144 yards. His game included a 51-yard dash up the left side late in the first quarter for the first touchdown of the game.
Junior Malik Charles scored on a fumble recovery and 8-yard return in the second, and Truehill scored again on a 69-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter.
“It was just great blocking by the linemen,” Truehill said. “We stayed consistent all through the game. That’s all I could ask for.”
Millennium opened the third with Truehill’s 36-yard kickoff return followed by D’Vontae Kelly’s 39-yard touchdown run.
Kelly said the Falcons figured out how to block smart and use their speed to score.
“At first we realized, they had these two backers. If you block them into each other it’s just off to the races,” he said.
Atwal completed a 33-yard touchdown pass to senior Giacomo Oliveri in the third, and Chaves and Wright teamed up for their touchdown late in the third. Izaiah Williams scored in the fourth on a 17-yard run.
Charles went five for six on point-after kicks, and Oliveri ran in a 2-point conversion.
The Falcons face league leader Brookside Christian (6-3, 4-0 CCAA) on Friday, Nov. 8, in Stockton.
“We needed this game to have a chance to get into playoffs,” senior Raymond DelaRosa said. “This win it sets us up real nice.”
A win next week will give the Falcons the advantage in the quest for the Division V playoff bracket, but the win against Sierra Ridge ROP means the Falcons still might get in regardless of the outcome against Brookside.
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