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Posted: Thursday, October 10, 2019 9:00 am

On Friday, Oct. 5, Rim of the World High School’s football team faced off against the San Gorgonio High School Spartans. An air of confidence and trepidation hung over the field just before the game. Everyone at the game knew the Spartans would be a tough team to beat.

Rim’s record of 5-0 was matched by the Spartans, whose massive wall of offense and defense was to be respected. The biggest challenge in facing the Spartans was their short pass, which became their number one weapon against Rim’s Fighting Scots in the third quarter.

The first quarter began evenly until the Spartans fumbled the ball on their 40-yard line, which was recovered by Rim’s Austin Shoopman. Unfortunately, Rim was unable to convert the Spartans’ mistake into points on the board and had to punt the ball.

Further in the quarter, the Fighting Scots’ offense attempted to execute a big play when quarterback Brock Chapman threw a long ball to CJ King on the Spartans’ 45-yard line. Yet again, Rim was unable to put points on the scoreboard.

The next time Rim’s Fighting Scots had a chance to score was when Jason Sherman recovered a fumble from the Spartans on the 20-yard line. At that point, Rim was within striking distance. Chapman threw a pass to Shoopman for 10 yards, which set up the next play with another pass to King for a touchdown! The extra point by Jorge Salvatierra was good and the first quarter ended with the Fighting Scots, 7, Spartans, 0.

The second quarter began with Rim kicking off to San Gorgonio’s 10-yard line. The Spartan team immediately went to their short passing game and, after several incomplete passes, was forced to punt the ball. Rim took possession of the ball, driving it down to the 26-yard line where Phillip Smith was able to break through the Spartan defense and make a 26-yard run for a touchdown. The extra kick was wide, leaving the score at Rim, 13, San Gorgonio, 0.

Later in the second quarter, the Spartans were able to effectively use the short pass and drive the ball downfield to score a touchdown. Their attempt to convert for two points failed and ended the first half with a score of Rim, 13 and San Gorgonio, 6.

During halftime, one can only imagine what the coaches were saying to each team. The Fighting Scots held the Spartans’ running play but struggled in stopping the short pass. San Gorgonio struggled against the Fighting Scots’ defensive wall and their only chance to pull something out was their successful use of the short pass.

Once the third quarter was underway, the Spartans’ defensive line gave their quarterback time to find a receiver and the Spartans successfully took to the air. Then, during a dramatic play, Nate Maier punched through the Spartan defensive line to take out the quarterback for a substantial loss in yardage. Inevitably the Spartans used their short pass game to successfully take the ball downfield. When the third quarter was over, the score was Spartans, 21, and Fighting Scots, 13.

The tone of the game had changed, but Rim was doing a heroic job stopping the Spartans’ passing game. During the fourth quarter, in a running play, Phillip Smith went to the ground. The crowd in the stands went silent and all eyes followed the coaches as they went out to the field to attend to Smith. Finally, Smith was able to get up and move off the field, noticeably hobbling as he walked gingerly to the sideline. He did not return to the game. We all fervently hope that Smith recovers and can play next week!

With the ball in the Fighting Scots’ possession, they had to rely on their depth of players to do the job. Time was running out as Chapman fired a rocket pass to Devin Whitaker for a completion on San Gorgonio’s 38-yard line. With less than a minute left in play, the Spartans intercepted a pass and took possession of the ball on their four-yard line as the clock ran out. The final score was Spartans, 21, Fighting Scots, 13.

The Scots may have lost the game, but they did not lose respect. It is a testament to the Rim Fighting Scots football team to be outnumbered and going up against a heavier, beefier team.

On Friday, Oct. 11, Rim football travels to take on the Jurupa Hills Spartans. By the numbers, the two teams appear to be evenly matched, with Jurupa using their passing game more effectively. This should be another great game and Rim football deserves support!

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