Cajon football team rally in fourth quarter to beat Rancho Cucamonga – Redlands Daily Facts

SAN BERNARDINO – Cajon’s offensive was repeatedly crammed by Rancho Cucamonga’s defense on Friday night.

With the game in play and his team once again on the 1-yard line, Cajon coach Nick Rogers has gone deep into the playbook.

  • Cajon quarterback Martinez Miles jr (No.4) walks away from Isaac Anguiano of Rancho Cucamonga (No.32) during Friday night’s non-championship game at Cajon High School in San Bernardino, Calif. On 24 September 2021 (Contributing photographer / John Valenzuela)

  • Cajon’s Jeyquan Smith (No.9) catches a pass over Rancho Cucamonga’s Christian Pierce (No.6) during Friday night’s non-championship game at Cajon High School in San Bernardino, Calif. On September 24, 2021. (Collaborating photographer / Jean Valenzuela)

  • Rancho Cucamonga, running back Trent Dailey (No.31), kicks the ball against Cajon in Friday night’s non-championship game at Cajon High School in San Bernardino, Calif. On September 24, 2021 (Contributing photographer / John Valenzuela)

  • Rancho Cucamonga’s Isaiah Lopez, (No.11), runs for extra yards between Cajon’s Rae Ford, (No.19) and Jered Rennick, (No.21), in Friday night’s non-championship game at Cajon High School of San Bernardino, California. , September 24, 2021 (Contributing photographer / John Valenzuela)

  • Cajon running back Freddy Fletcher, (# 31), runs away from Deilen Davis, (# 20) of Rancho Cucamonga, during Friday night’s non-championship game at Cajon High School in San Bernardino, Calif. On September 24, 2021 (Contributing photographer / John Valenzuela)

  • The Cajon Cowboys take the field against Rancho Cucamonga before the start of Friday night’s non-championship game at Cajon High School in San Bernardino, Calif., On September 24, 2021 (Contributing photographer / John Valenzuela)

  • Rancho Cucamonga’s Jake Jensen, (# 21), breaks a pass to Cajon’s Jeyquan Smith (# 9), during Friday night’s non-championship game at Cajon High School in San Bernardino, Calif. On September 24, 2021. ( Contribute Photographer / John Valenzuela)

  • Rancho Cucamonga, running back Trent Dailey (No.31) throws the ball as Cajon’s Jeyquan Smith (No.9) pursues for the tackle in Friday night’s non-championship game at Cajon High School in San Bernardino, Calif. , September 24, 2021 (Contributing photographer / John Valenzuela)

  • Cajon Martinez quarterback Miles jr., (# 4), feels the ball near teammate Freddy Fletcher against Rancho Cucamonga during Friday night’s non-championship game at Cajon High School in San Bernardino, Calif. On September 24, 2021 (Contributing photographer / John Valenzuela)

  • Rancho Cucamonga quarterback Xavier Washington, (No.9), throws a pass near Jacob Pam de Cajon, (No.11), during Friday night’s non-championship game at Cajon High School in San Bernardino, Calif. , September 24, 2021 (Contributing photographer / John Valenzuela)

  • Cajon running back Freddy Fletcher, (No.31), is tackled by Thomas Sanft of Rancho Cucamonga, (No.56), during Friday night’s non-championship game at Cajon High School in San Bernardino, Calif. On 24 September 2021 (Contributing photographer / John Valenzuela)

  • Isaiah Lopez of Rancho Cucamonga, (No.11), is tackled by Jered Rennick of Cajon, (No.21), during Friday night’s non-championship game at Cajon High School in San Bernardino, Calif., On September 24, 2021. ( Collaborating photographer / John Valenzuela)

  • Rae Ford of Cajon, (# 19), looks to avoid Malachi Dhanifu of Rancho Cucamonga, (# 5), during Friday night’s non-championship game at Cajon High School in San Bernardino, Calif. On September 24, 2021 (Contributing photographer / John Valenzuela)

  • Rancho Cucamonga running back Trent Dailey, (# 31), run the ball as Cajon’s Francisco Martinez, (# 40), reaches for the tackle during Friday night’s non-championship game at Cajon High School in San Bernardino, Calif., On September 24 2021. (Contributing photographer / John Valenzuela)

  • Julian Lundy, (# 1) of Rancho Cucamonga, and Jonah Dawson, (# 19), celebrate after Lundy scores a touchdown against Cajon in Friday night’s non-championship game at Cajon High School in San Bernardino, Calif. On 24 September 2021 (Contributing photographer / John Valenzuela)

Running back Freddy Fletcher returned a one-yard touchdown pass to defensive lineman Francisco Martinez to tie the score with 12.8 seconds left. Aiden Morris then scored the extra point as Cajon rallied for a 28-27 non-league win on Friday.

“We kept reaching the red zone, but we struggled to finish,” said Fletcher. “But we just stayed together, played as a team. And we found a way to win in the end.

Rancho Cucamonga (2-3) got off to a slow start on Friday, but the Cougars’ defense crossed the goal line late in the first half to maintain the lead at 14-7 before halftime.

Xavier Washington completed four consecutive assists on the first drive of the first half. Including 23 yards to Julian Lundy who helped tie the score at 14.

Rancho Cucamonga kept that momentum going for most of the second half. Trent Dailey scored on a 1-yard run in the third quarter, and Washington and Lundy connected again for an 18-yard touchdown that helped the Cougars extend their lead to 27-14 with 8:50 to go.

Cajon (5-0) reduced that deficit when Martinez Miles Jr. threw an 11-yard touchdown pass with 4:10 left. The Cowboys recovered the ball near midfield with 2:13 on the clock and no time out.

Miles rushed for a 24-yard gain, but his helmet came off on the next play. Niko Papatsos ran onto the field and made three consecutive passes to move the ball to 2. Fletcher was stopped one yard from the line, and Papatsos spiked the ball to stop the clock.

Cajon lined up in the double wing and Fletcher surprised everyone when he jumped into the air and threw the ball at Martinez.

“It’s stuff we’ve done in the past, but not with this group,” Rogers said. “I was glad Rancho took a time out before the play. We were able to review the game because it’s not something that we have practiced a lot.

Martinez said there were a few nerves as the ball floated in its way.

“In a game the emotions are so different,” Martinez said.

The Cajon defense was the undisputed factor in the difference in the first quarter.

Syrano Ware took the lead on Washington’s first pass of the game and returned the 28-yard interception for a touchdown that helped the Cowboys take an 8-0 lead.

Cajon quickly doubled his lead. Miles completed passes to JeyQuan Smith (22 yards) and Rae Ford (28 yards) to set up a 1 yard touchdown from Fletcher.

Rancho Cucamonga finally entered the scoreboard when Washington rushed in and connected with Nehemiah Harrison for a 65-yard touchdown pass in the first play of the second quarter.

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