(Covina, CA) The Mt. SAC Football Team raced out to a 24-0 halftime lead and came away with a 31-7 National Conference Central Division victory over Palomar at Covina District Field Saturday night (Oct. 19).
With the win, the Mounties improved to 4-2 overall and 1-0 in conference.
"This was a good win to start conference play," Mt. SAC Football Coach Bob Jastrab said. "It's a new season and our offense had some big plays.
"The defense played great, holding Palomar to just seven points. They have been averaging nearly 30-points-per-game.
Quarterback Zack Rangel returned after missing two games and threw for 238 yards (15 for 33) and a touchdown.
Nine different players caught passes from Rangel, led by Jonathan Schofield with four catches for 93 yards.
Schofield also ran back a punt 98 yards for a touchdown, while running back Malaki Thompson ran for two TD's (15, 4 yards).
After Gabriel Dunkle kicked a 41-yard field goal at the 9:39 mark of the opening quarter, two more scores, within two minutes of each other, gave the Mounties a 17-0 lead.
Schofield's long punt return for a TD came with 2:08 left in the period.
"Schofield had a great game," said Jastrab, of the sophomore wide receiver. "That was a heads-up play by Schofield when Palomar batted the ball into play (after the punt) at the two-yard-line and went 98 yards for the score. That was just as we planned it!"
Just two minutes later, Palomar went three-and-out and punted to the Mt. SAC 26-yard-line. On the third play from scrimmage, Mt. SAC wide receiver Terrell Bromer scored on a 63-yard pass from Rangel for the 17-0 lead.
Thompson scored the first of his two TD's midway through the second quarter, building up a 24-0 lead for the Mounties.
Palomar finally got on the scoreboard in the third quarter, to trail, 24-7.
The Mounties ended the scoring in the fourth quarter with a 9-play, 70-yard drive, culminating with a four-yard TD run by Thompson.
Mt. SAC will travel to El Camino for a conference game Saturday (Oct. 26). Game time is 1:00 pm.
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