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Citrus Valley All Over Riverside Notre Dame, 53-14

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By Jon D. Gaede, BVN Staff –

The visiting Notre Dame Titans from Riverside met a tough squad at Citrus Valley in Redlands as they dropped their Mountain Valley League opener 53-14.

In a reversal of last year’s matchup, when Notre Dame won by a large margin, the Blackhawk’s returned the favor on their home turf. The Blackhawk’s varsity squad is fielding senior players for the first time, as they represent Citrus Valley’s first graduating class.

To be expected, the Blackhawk’s have struggled in their first two seasons. Under coach Pete Smolin, the offense is executing well and his defense is much bigger and tougher.

Quarterback Dalton Douglas, a UCLA prospect, can pass from the pocket or on a roll out. His arm strength must be respected by opposing defenses. Douglass is always a threat to run as he did against the Titans for 46 yards on the second play.

Running back Andrew Gonzales scored four touchdowns as the Blackhawks rushed for seven on the night. The Notre Dame squad kept fighting and were able to put together two second half drives that resulted in two scores. Citrus Valley’s running game and stingy defense was too much for Riverside.

Blackhawk running back Jason Snow had a nifty 145-yards and speedy Sophomore Sir Vantti Campbell scored on a 77-yard run in the fourth quarter. At 5-1, the Blackhawks will travel to Banning next week.

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