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Redlands East Valley over Rialto pre CIF tune-up

REV 36 Rialto 6

By Jon D. Gaede
Bvn Staff


Redlands - The Rialto Knights faced a Redlands East Valley (REV) team headed to the CIF Division I playoffs.

The Knights have improved under a new coach, however, they were no match for the Wildcats. REV’s offense came alive in the second half and they coasted to a 33-6 victory.

Rialto, under new coach Frank Jimenez, kept the game close in the first half. The Wildcats had trouble launching their running attack against a stubborn Rialto front line.

REV standout senior running back Nathan Acrey was stopped by the Rialto defense for little or no gain on many first half carries. After several exchanges of possession, the Rialto offense had difficulty making first downs. Their field position also hurt them, as the offense had to operate behind the 30 yard line, most of the night.

REV’s Nathan Acrey was held under 30 yards on 9 carries in the first half. This helped keep the score at 14-6 for the half. Acrey woke up in the second half and eventually gained 102 yards on 22 carries.

REV quarterback Ronnie Fouch found his receivers in the second half as the Wildcats decided an aerial attack was easier than trying to blast through the Rialto line. Fouch was 11 of 17 for 171 yards on the night. Austin Bean caught 3 for 86 yards to lead the Wildcats.

Rialto quarterback Ryan Tillman had to hurry most of his throws all night. His receivers were unable to complete most of their routes as Tillman’s passes arrived early. Tillman is a cagey athlete who likes to make things happen out of nothing. He completed 6 of 14 passes for 39 yards with one interception.

Rialto fumbled the ball away twice to the Wildcats. REV doubled or tripled the Knights in all stats. For the Redland’s East Valley Wildcats, their second season begins on Friday night as they travel to Lakewood.

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