By Gary Montgomery
San Gorgonio 55 Cajon 7
It may be cliché but sometimes it’s wise to be careful what you wish for. There’s no greater arena to test that age old adage than sports. The word on the street all week long was that the San Bernardino Cajon Cowboys (7-4) given a choice, wanted to meet cross-town rival San Gorgonio (10-1) in the first round of the CIF playoffs. Well, Cajon got their wish on Friday evening and it didn’t go well for the Cowboys. Actually, it went badly.
Cajon’s offense struggled all evening. The Spartan’s corralled Cajon’s leading rusher Giovonni Daniels holding him well below his 102-yards per game average for the night.
“This has been a cross town rivalry between the two schools for years,” said San Gorgonio’s senior quarterback Nathan Meadors. “They started talking early in the week, saying they wanted us, so we had to answer with our play.”
And answer they did. The Spartans racked up 428-yards rushing yards and another 144-yards passing. Meadors led all rushers with and incredible 255-yards on the evening.
“We wanted to pass more but they just kept giving us the run. When they give it to you, you have to take it and that’s what we did,” said Meadors.
The Spartans didn’t really need to throw it around that much with the fleet footed Meadors slashing through Cajon’s defense like butter. The illusive quarterback pushed his All-Purpose Yardage totals to 2001-yards for the season.
“We felt disrespected,” said San Gorgonio Head Coach Ron Gueringer. “They said we didn’t play anybody in League and that we might be rusty. We wanted to respond to that and I think the kids did that in a big way. We scored 55 points on a really good team,” continued Gueringer.
Coach Gueringer was correct, Cajon is a good team. The Cowboys finished 3rd in the tough Citrus Belt League and had a final ranking of 42nd in state. Unfortunately, they weren’t good enough on Friday night.
The Spartans move on to the second round and will host Riverside Poly next Friday evening.