Murrieta Mesa’s high-powered offense rolls past San Jacinto – Daily News


SAN JACINTO — Murrieta Mesa’s scoring drives Friday weren’t the product of slow cooking. This was pure microwave offense, heat and serve.

Showing remarkable efficiency and diversity, the Rams continued to prepare for the tough Southwestern League in style, rolling past San Jacinto, 62-21.

Rolling up 555 yards is impressive enough, as is producing points on eight consecutive possessions. However, the killer statistic was this: Murrieta Mesa had six touchdown drives of under two minutes, without running a hurry-up offense.

“We look good,” Murrieta Mesa coach Darrel Turner said. “The kids are having a lot of fun and our offense is balanced.”

But is it enough?

“No way,” he said. “The Southwestern League is going to be so tough. We’re not even close to where we need to be.”

Mesa, which has piled up 186 points in its 4-0 start, gives opposing defenses plenty to worry about. The Rams had three players with more than 100 yards from scrimmage Friday, led by receiver Giovanni Sanders. He caught five passes for 164 yards, including touchdown catches of 44, 39 and 58 yards.

The backbone of the offense, however, remains running back Kai Thompson. He rolled up 132 yards rushing, despite carrying only three times in the second half, and added 29 yards receiving. On the Rams’ opening drive, he accounted for all 60 yards on just six carries.

“That’s a real good football team. That program has come a long way,” San Jacinto coach Aric Galliano said. “We knew it was going to be an uphill battle. You have to be nearly perfect against them and we made a lot of mistakes.”

Despite a mistake-filled opening quarter and Mesa’s potent offense, San Jacinto (3-1) found itself down only two points midway through the second quarter. However, the Rams punished the Tigers with big play after big play late in the quarter, scoring three touchdowns in less than three minutes of possession time to take a 38-21 halftime lead.

San Jacinto receiver B.J. Davis had a big first half, with 110 yards and two touchdowns on five catches, but was held without a catch in the second half.

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