San Bernardino - The Temescal Canyon Titans had beaten the Arroyo Valley Hawks earlier in the season, however, high school football teams can mature and change a great deal in two months. Most predicted there would be a great deal of scoring in this quarter-final showdown.
The contest featured an undefeated Temescal Canyon squad, seeded number two in CIF Division 5 and an explosive Arroyo Valley team led by USC bound Michael Coleman.
Sixty-six combined points were put up by the Hawks and Titans, but the story of the game was actually the turnovers. Arroyo Valley went to the halftime locker room down by twenty points. The Hawks turned up their athleticism in the second half and trailed the Titans by only six points at 27-21. The Hawk momentum was slowed by a brilliant 8 minute drive which culminated in another rushing touchdown for the Titans. The score put the Titans up 35-21.
Michael Coleman gave his best athletic effort in his last high school game as he rushed for 90 yards on 13 quarterback carries and passed for another 230 yards on 12 of 24 attempts. Coleman was unlucky holding on to the ball, losing it four times, two on forced fumbles and two interceptions. Justin Marvel led the Hawk receivers with four catches for 108 yards.
Temescal Canyon's Jared Zinda was their workhorse as he rushed for 203 yards on 40 carries. The Titans, at 12-0 will now face a tough Norco team in the CIF Semi-Final on Friday night. Arroyo's Michael Coleman closes out an outstanding season as a four year starter and will now don the cardinal & gold of the USC Trojans.es.
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