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Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2019 9:00 am

On Friday, Oct. 11, the evening was warm with a breeze coming out of the north as Rim of the World High School’s football team traveled to Jurupa Hills High School. Rim’s Fighting Scots had just come out of their first loss the previous week against San Gorgonio High School and were now set to play in their second league conference game against Jurupa Hills. The Spartans had home-field advantage and were 6-0 for the season.

A month ago, Owen Kelly, #18, received the ball at the kickoff at the start of the second half and ran for 86 yards to score a touchdown for Rim. The game against Jurupa began similarly. Rim kicked off the ball to start the game and the Jurupa Hills Spartans ran the ball back for a touchdown, all in the first 15 seconds of the game! The score was Jurupa Hills, 7, and Rim of the World 0.

It has happened to almost everyone at one time or another, but being scored on in the first few seconds of the game can knock the wind out of a team.

After the first play, the Fighting Scots got up and took possession of the ball on the 35-yard line, ready to play some football. Both teams’ defense did very well stopping the offensive plays of the other, subsequently forced to punt the ball away. The Fighting Scots were able to move the ball downfield but were not able to convert on a fourth down, relinquishing the ball to Jurupa Hills. With the ball on Rim’s 40-yard line, the Spartans were able to drive the ball downfield to score another touchdown in the second quarter, ending the first half with a score of Spartans, 14, Scots 0.

The second half got underway when Jurupa Hills kicked off the ball to the Fighting Scots and Rim got the ball on the 36-yard line. In a spectacular run with great blocks from the Rim offensive line, CJ King ran wide for a 23-yard run to the Spartans 41-yard line. Unfortunately, the Fighting Scots fumbled the ball in the next few plays and the Spartans recovered on their nine-yard line. Rim was able to get the ball back and, a few plays later, with the ball on the third-yard line, King dove for the end zone for a touchdown and, with the kick, the Fighting Scots got on the scoreboard.

During the fourth quarter, the Jurupa Hills Spartans scored three more touchdowns and, with the extra two kicks, added two more points to finish the game.  The final score was Spartans, 34, Fighting Scots, 7.

There was frustration in the air as the game concluded. The Fighting Scots have lost the last two games, but family, fans and students must remember that Rim is a small school going up against schools that are three times their. Rim is the underdog in league play. Imagine what the players must face each time they go out on the field. Can the Fighting Scots football team prevail? Yes, but they must play smarter, not harder!

On a sad note, during the fourth quarter, Devin Whitaker, #36, had to leave the game with a broken collarbone. He will be out for the remainder of the season. At this time, we can report that he will have surgery. We wish the family best wishes and Devin a full and speedy recovery.

This Friday, the Fighting Scots are playing at home against Eisenhower High School, who are 2-0 in league play. The game starts at 7 p.m. and temperatures will be in the low 40s. Come out and support Fighting Scots football team!

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