Rancho Cucamonga Beats Etiwanda 37-18, Moves to 6-0

RB Khalil Muhammad Scores 2 TDS

In the Baseline League opener, the Rancho Cucamonga Cougars defeated the Etiwanda Eagles 37-18 on a frigid Thursday night at Los Osos High. With the victory, the Cougars improve to 6-0 on the season.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Cougars jumped out to the lead on a short touchdown run on 4th down by bulldozing back Kiraun Mayo. The PAT was blocked.

Trailing 6-0, Etiwanda senior quarterback Darryn Ratliff linked up with senior Tacory Spencer on a long catch and run for the equalizing score. The PAT was blocked.

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With the game tied and halftime approaching, Rancho Cucamonga sophomore quarterback Angel Matute connected with lanky junior wideout Blake Fisher for the go-ahead touchdown. Matute has filled in admirably for in place of injured senior quarterback Gage Pucci, who who looks to return in a few weeks.

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Etiwanda muffed the ensuing kickoff, setting the Cougars up with great field position to add a field goal as time expired. The Cougars led the Eagles 16-6 at the half.

Rancho Cucamonga junior speedster Khalil Muhammad busted loose in the second half with two long touchdown runs to give the Cougars a commanding lead. Sophomore Aaron Manning added a short touchdown run. For his efforts, Muhammad was named CLA Offensive Player of the Game.

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The Cougars defense was led by their talented secondary featuring Ralston Compton and Artruz Manning. Etiwanda continued to scrap and added two late touchdowns to cut the deficit to 37-18.

The Cougars host Glendora next Friday while Etiwanda will look to bounce back against Alta Loma.

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