MOJAVE — When Mojave and Avalon high schools get together in the CIF-Southern Section 8-man football playoffs, you can guarantee that it will be a high-scoring affair.
That was true once again Friday night as the Mustangs rolled to a 63-15 triumph in the quarterfinals.
The win, which knotted the all-time series between the schools at 2-2, kept Mojave unbeaten at 9-0 and moved the Mustangs to next week’s semifinals against Chadwick, a 70-39 victor over Villanova Prep. The game will be played in Pacific Palisades.
Coach Cash Achziger admitted he was a little surprised in the margin of victory, saying he was expecting “a little tougher battle” with the visiting Lancers (8-2).
However, he told his team that he was pleased with this three things from the game: “we survived it, we kept our cool and we didn’t suffer any injuries.”
The game wasn’t really in doubt after the Mustangs’ first three drives, all for touchdowns.
Quarterback Jacob Anderson hooked up with his favorite receiver, Rae’kwon Alvez, for a 65-yard strike on the game’s first offensive play and the Mustangs marched 70 yards in five plays, including a 31-yard run by Steven Richards and a 24-yard pass from Anderson to Alvez, that was capped by a 6-yard run from Alvez.
Moments later, Anderson ran six yards to end a seven-play, 65-yard March and it was 22-0.
In all, it was a big night for Anderson. He completed 7 of 9 passes for 165 yards and two scores, both to Alvez. And rushed nine times for 47 yards and three TDs.
His work was complemented by that of Richards, who carried the ball only four times but gained 96 yards, while Pedro Camarena had six carries for 79 yards and three touchdowns.
Alvez added to his statistics with four rushes for 37 yards and a rushing TD.
For the night, Mojave gained 235 yards on the ground for 400 yards in total offense.