Cougars knock off Huskies

first_imgCOVINA – It was the kind of victory that pleased Rancho Cucamonga coach Chris Van Duin in the final tuneup before Baseline League play. The Cougars produced big plays on both sides of the ball and showed the ability to drive the ball on offense as well and defeated West Covina South Hills 24-14 at Covina District Stadium. It was a quality victory for Rancho Cucamonga (4-1), beating the No. 1-ranked team in CIF-Southern Section Division 7, the Huskies (3-2). “We took care of business,” Van Duin said. “We made some big plays, but we were able to drive the ball when we needed to.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 About the only black mark on the victory were three unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, two after Cougars touchdowns and one after a Rancho Cucamonga interception. “They (players) should know better,” Van Duin said. “We coach kids not to do that. It’s what they see on TV, but that doesn’t justify it.” Trailing 7-6 in the second quarter after a 1-yard touchdown run by South Hills’ Marquies Winbush (27 carries, 185 yards) with 6:01 to play before halftime, Rancho Cucamonga retook the lead with an effective, time-consuming drive. The Cougars took up 5:31 to go 80 yards. They converted a first down when the Huskies were flagged for back-to-back offsides violations on fourth-and-9. “That’s basically inexcusable,” South Hills coach Steve Bogan said. “We have a rule to be a yard off the ball on fourth down.” center_img Vincent Brown’s 3-yard catch of a Josh Fellhauer pass gave the Cougars a 12-7 lead after a two-point conversion failed. If that was the momentum-changer, the back-breaker came to open the second half. On the opening play of the second half, David Roberts took a short pass, broke two tackles and raced 80 yards down the right sideline for a touchdown and an 18-7 lead. “I think those two (drives) were equal,” Van Duin said. “It was big to run the clock down at the end of the half, and then to do it again to start the (second) half.” The Cougars took command on their next possession after one of three South Hills turnovers gave them the ball at the Huskies 47. Three plays later, Kyle Crisp’s second touchdown of the game, a 40-yard run, gave the Cougars some breathing room and a 24-7 lead. Crisp finished with 172 yards on 15 carries. Winbush’s second touchdown of the game later in the third quarter made it 24-14, but the Cougars did a masterful job of ball control in the fourth quarter. Rancho Cucamonga had possession of the ball for all but 1:38 of the fourth quarter, even though the Cougars didn’t produce any points. The Cougars’ Devin Ross intercepted a Kevin Mort pass with 6:38 to play, and Rancho Cucamonga was able to run out the clock without surrendering the ball. “We had (three) turnovers and gave up two big plays,” Bogan said. “If we keep it down to two turnovers and one big play, maybe it’s a different game.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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