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|October 4, 2019||7:30 pm||2019|
ORLAND — The Orland High football team’s defense had several opportunities to swing the game to the Trojans sideline.
But, following nearly every takeaway or big stop, the Trojans offense sputtered as the West Valley High football team downed Orland 27-7 Friday night at Trojan Stadium. West Valley remains undefeated at 6-0.
“Every week, we’ve played really good defense,” said Orland coach Nick Velazquez. “We just got to get going offensively.”
On West Valley’s first possession of the game, the Eagles drove down to Orland’s 10-yard line after Cade Lambert broke off for a 21-yard gain.
The Trojans stuffed Lambert on third-and-goal, then broke up quarterback Kitt McCloughan’s pass on fourth down to force a turnover on downs.
But the hosts couldn’t capitalize on the next drive and were forced to punt.
Later in the first quarter, the Eagles were closing in on another score until Orland’s Hunter Foster ripped the ball out of running back Josh Aguilar’s hands for a takeaway.
But Orland quickly went three-and-out on the next possession.
After a scoreless first quarter, West Valley took the lead when a 42-yard run from Aguilar, highlighted a drive that was capped with a 2-yard touchdown from the junior running back.
Later, after a Trojans punt, West Valley went ahead 12-0 when McCloughan connected with Hayden Boyes for a 40-yard touchdown catch.
“They caught our safety sleeping there on the run fake,” Velazquez said.
The Eagles ended the first half with another touchdown from McCloughan to Boyes where Boyes came down on a leaping grab over two defenders.
In the third, Orland started making a charge to the end zone. Gustavo Carrillo scrambled for a 13-yard gain to get to the Eagles 23. But an incomplete pass on fourth down kept Orland off the board.
West Valley pulled away when Tyler Bowman caught a 32-yard pass across the middle and ran in for the touchdown to lead 27-0.
Orland’s lone score came late in the game when Beni Martinez marched in for a 4-yard score with 1 minute, 2 seconds remaining.
“We played a hell of a lot of time on the field and only gave up two running touchdowns and (West Valley) is a damn good football team,” Velazquez said. “I’m proud of how we played.”
Part of Orland’s struggles on offense stem from the absence of All-Northern Section selection Jacob Schermer. Schermer hasn’t played since Orland’s 55-7 win over Anderson on Sept. 6 after suffering a back injury.
“When we have him, we’re a totally different team,” Velazquez said. “I hope he comes back.”
Orland (2-2) will begin Butte View League play when it hosts Oroville for homecoming on Oct. 11.
West Valley 27, Orland 7
Up next: Oroville at Orland, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 11.
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